2012 Suzuki Swift Sport: details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 14, 2011

With improved steering, brake performance and tuning, the new Suzuki Swift is the pinnacle of the Suzuki line and the new Swift Sport manages to outdo it in every possible way.

Starting production in Japan in 2005, then Hungary in 2006, the Swift has been providing a sporty feel and functionality which has gone on to delight fans all over the world.

With the same styling elements as the previous model, the Swift Sport continues the tradition of its predecessor but refines them, modernising them for today. As a result, it provides improved stability, performance and an earmark for quality you come to expect from the Japanese car manufacturer.

The new Swift Sport will be launched in a large number of countries at once in a bid to reflect the vehicle’s wide popularity. Sales will begin in the UK in early 2012.

Exterior

Reflecting the more modern approach, the Swift's exterior is sportier. Sitting closer to the ground, the vehicle has a greater sense of stability and an increase in size of the front grille adds to its stunning looks as complemented by a set of striking fog lamp bezels.

The centre of gravity appears lower due to improvements in the aerodynamics of the vehicle and when you set this together with the intense discharge headlamps (which is available in metallic-grey), the new rear lamps are able to heighten the sense of adventure.

Sporty and refined Interior

The pleasure of being behind the wheel has been considerably enhanced in the new Swift. The new sports seats combine exquisite design features and outstanding quality to create a look and feel unlike any other. Meanwhile, the five-dial meter panel is clear and easily visible from every angle.

Dimensions

In spite of the compact nature of the Suzuki Swift Sport, there is strength in its new design and yet it remains a vehicle with some flair. The key components include a short wheelbase and large treads are still there but the designers have improved the rear suspension to inspire confidence in a car built for city living.

Speaking of which, the length of the vehicle is just 3.890 m, it has a width of 1.695 m, 1.51 m height and the wheelbase is a mere 2.43m.

Press Release

Suzuki Swift Sport

The Suzuki Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift model range and offers higher levels of tuning, steering and braking performance than the standard Swift on which it's based. The previous model first went into production in Japan in 2005 and in Hungary in 2006. The sporting experience and everyday practicality have earned many devoted fans in approximately 40 countries and territories around the world.

The new Swift Sport has the same DNA as its predecessor, but reflects the concept of developing a refined sport compact from the new Swift that Suzuki launched in the UK in Autumn 2010. Befitting its status as the new performance flagship of the Swift model range, it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki's sporting DNA.

Suzuki plans to launch the new Swift Sport in a growing number of countries, beginning October 2011, with sales launch in the UK from early 2012.

Exterior

The new Suzuki Swift Sport's exterior design reflects the model's evolution towards a more sporting look. The ground-hugging form gives a sense of stability, the large front grille hints at the performance within and is flanked by big, distinctive finned fog lamp bezels that add even more sporting character.

Aerodynamic parts exclusive to the new Suzuki Swift Sport control the airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual centre of gravity. Newly developed high-intensity discharge headlamps with a metallic-grey coating as well as new design rear combination lamps heighten the sense of dynamism expressed by the exterior design.

Sporty and refined Interior

Sporty, exclusive design features in the new Swift Sport's cabin heighten the driving pleasure and a high-quality look and feel generates pleasure of ownership with new design sport seats in an exclusive fabric together with a five-dial meter cluster that combines easy legibility with an uncluttered look.

Dimensions

The new Suzuki Swift Sport's strong presence belies compact dimensions that make it exceptionally nimble. Wide treads and a short wheelbase (key characteristics of the Swift series) combine with chassis systems that include an exclusively designed rear suspension to ensure brisk handling and outstanding high-speed stability. The new Swift Sport has an overall length of 3,890mm, an overall width of 1,695mm, an overall height of 1,510mm, and a wheelbase of 2,430mm.

Handling

Since the new Suzuki Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift series, Suzuki pursued higher levels of chassis performance, achieving an exceptional balance of controllability and stability.

Greater toe and camber rigidity for the torsion beam, greater lateral rigidity in the torsion-beam bushings, and larger rear wheel bearings enhance stability at the rear under hard cornering. Increased spring rates for the front and rear coil springs and added rebound springs in the front struts significantly contribute to stability by providing greater roll stiffness. Modifications to the steering-gearbox member, suspension-frame member as well as larger front wheel bearings all boost yaw response, resulting in handling that has evolved even further from that of the previous Swift Sport.

Engine

The new Suzuki Swift Sport's M16A engine is based on that of the previous model. Thanks to the addition of a variable intake system, optimisation of the intake VVT and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 92kW in the previous Swift Sport to an impressive 100kW with the new model. Maximum torque is up from 148Nm to 160Nm. As a result, the driver can enjoy superb performance across the rev range. The engine's high output is combined with improved fuel economy; CO2 emissions are down around 11 per cent from 165g/km to 147g/km and a revised exhaust system yields a sportier note.

Transmission

The new Suzuki Swift Sport's manual transmission was developed specifically to take full advantage of the M16A engine's performance. The use of six gears (up from five in the previous Swift Sport) allows sporty driving combined with fuel economy. A triple-cone synchromesh for first and second gears permits lower shift effort and a larger counterweight at the transmission end of the shift lever yields a sporty shift action that is now lighter and more positive.

Wheels and tyres

Exclusive 17-inch aluminium-alloy wheels are standard on the new Swift Sport. They have a sharp, exquisite design and are produced in such a way that they are each about 1kg lighter than those of the previous Swift Sport. The tyre sizes are 195/45R17 and have been developed specifically for the new Suzuki Swift Sport.

Safety

The new Suzuki Swift Sport represents an evolution in terms of safety. Comprehensive safety technologies mean it offers the same control and peace of mind as the new Swift, which earned a five-star rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme.

Extensive use of high-tensile steel and computerised structural analysis keep the body light while promoting safety, There are seven airbags (including curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag), and the pillars incorporate shock-absorbing materials that soften any contact with occupants' heads.

Suzuki took a multifaceted approach to achieve higher levels of active safety. As a result, ESP® and an antilock braking system with electronic braking-force distribution are standard equipment.

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