A swifter Swift
A Sport version of the latest Suzuki Swift arrives next year. It promises much, says William Scholes
AS you may have gathered from the main article, the Suzuki Swift has all the makings of a decent sporty hatchback, writes William Scholes.
It has history here. The Sport version of the old Swift was a cracking car, helped along by an effervescent high-revving petrol engine that loved to be thrashed and an uncommonly well sorted suspension set-up.
Thankfully, Suzuki is going to give us a Sport version of the new car.
This time it's turbocharged, with the 1.4-litre version of the company's Boosterjet unit under the bonnet.
That means 138bhp and 170lb.ft - some way shy of what can be found in the most powerful of small hot hatches, like the Ford Fiesta ST or Renault Sport Clio - but likely plenty enough to make the Swift Sport usefully fast.
It weighs less than a tonne - 970kg, to be exact, which is 80kg less than the old car - so it can make maximum use of its horsepower.
The Swift Sport is front-wheel-drive and has a six-speed manual gearbox. Suspension tweaks include quality Monroe dampers.
There is also a range of cosmetic enhancements inside and out, including bigger bumpers and wheels, twin exhaust tailpipes, roof spoiler and bucket seats.
"We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else, so we've made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way," said Swift Sport chief engineer Masao Kobori.
It will arrive in Northern Ireland next year, with a price tag of less than £17,000 - we can't wait to try it.