Suzuki Swift Sport debuts at Frankfurt

James Marshall
September 13, 2017

Japanese automaker Suzuki has unwrapped covers of the 2017 Suzuki Swift Sport in the ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and it gets the same shade of yellow that was first teased online.

In place of the previous model's 1.6-litre Boosterjet engine the new auto is fitted with a 1.4-litre version, turbocharged for the first time.

While outputs of the small capacity turbo engine are only modest at 103kW and 230Nm, the Swift Sport only weighs 970kg which, Suzuki claims, gives it a power to weight ratio similar to genuine hot hatches.

"We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else", says Swift Sport chief engineer Masao KOBORI, "so we've made the new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way".

The Swift Sport also features a new suspension setup and has 120mm of ground clearance which is 15mm less than the last Sport.

Beyond that, the new Swift is larger than its predecessor with a 20mm longer wheelbase and a 40mm wider wheel track, which should open up some interior space.

Like its siblings, the updated Swift will send drive through the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile at the back is a trailling arm layout with Monroe dampers, with a tuned torsion beam for optimal roll stiffness, Suzuki says.

As far as the design goes, the hot hatch distinguishes itself from lesser Swift models thanks to a lower, wider stance, as well as more aggressive cues including the front grille and bumper, front-lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, and roof spoiler.

The 1.4-liter BOOSTERJET engine works with the same six-speed manual transmission used in the previous Swift Sport - enhanced to offer a "short-stroke and nimble shifting".

The company has made a decision to go with the 17-inchalloy wheels and dual exhausts to enhance the sporty appeal.

Life inside isn't that much different from a standard Swift, save for the generous application of red accents and a driver-oriented instrument panel.

Other bits include a D-shaped steering wheel with dimpled leather for a better grip, semi-bucket front seats, chrome shift knob and sports alloy pedals.

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