2018 Suzuki Swift Sport is the guiding light

Posted on Sep 14, 2017 by

Japanese small car specialist Suzuki turns up at the with a pocket rocket Swift Sport weighing in under a tonne

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At a time when a Mini Cooper S weighs 1.3 tonnes, who do you turn to for lightweight salvation?

It can only be Japanese manufacturer Suzuki, who’s just revealed the all-new 2018 Swift Sport hot hatch at the Frankfurt motor show.

Sitting on the company’s latest Heartect platform that also underpins the new 885kg Ignis, the 2018 Swift Sport has gone through big changes all over, with a turbocharged 1.4-lite replacing the old naturally aspirated 1.5-litre unit, and an 80kg weight saving for a kerb figure of 965kg.

The design is an even bigger shift away from the predecessor model, with a gaping honeycomb grille, faux carbon fibre treatments to the spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, and 17inch wheels, plus dual exhaust tips.

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Sitting 40mm wider than the old Swift Sport, the 2018 model is also 15mm lower, with details like a blacked out A-pillar and ‘floating’ roof.

Unlike in our region where the outgoing model was only ever available with a continuously variable transmission, the 2018 Swift Sport comes with a six-speed short-shifting manual ‘box. The suspension has been tuned for more stiffness, stability, and added torsional rigidity. The Swift Sport has always handled like a li’l champ so we expect nothing less from the 2018 model.  However it was also always sparsely equipped and to increase the appeal of the new car Suzuki has thrown in driver assistance kit such as advanced forward detection, brake alert, lane departure warning and more.

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Inside the cabin red accents abound, and the steering wheel has a squared off bottom, with dimpled leather for better feel and grip. The rest of the interior is decked out in satin finishes, piano-black accents and contrasting red stitching. A highlights is the new 7.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Although the heart of the old Swift Sport was its zesty free-breathing motor, the new turbocharged 1.4-litre unit is more efficient while producing 230Nm of torque, which is a substantial improvement of 70Nm, and as it’s rated at 138 horsepower it’s also 4bhp stronger. Suzuki isn’t quoting any performance figures yet but expect 0-100km/h in about eight seconds and a top speed of a little over 200km/h.

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