New Suzuki Swift Sport breaks cover at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Another crucial change is the retirement of the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter engine - in its place comes a turbocharged 1.4-liter good for 103 kilowatts (138 horsepower) and 170 lb-ft (230 Newton-meters) of torque, meaning that while power is only barely up by four ponies, the maximum torque has jumped 52 lb-ft (70 Nm).

The new Swift Sport from Suzuki weighs in at just 970 kilos, which is 80kg lighter than its predecessor and is 50mm longer than the regular Swift at 3,890mm. Alongside the weight saving, rigidity is improved helped by a continuous frame layout, while spot welding of the body is also increased to further add rigidity for both handling and refinement gains. Suzuki has even equipped the Swift Sport with gauges indicating turbo pressure and oil temperature, which is lacking in many more powerful sports! The 17-inch polished alloy wheels and dual exhausts complete the picture.

"We had a brilliant foundation to work from, because the new Swift HEARTECT platform is incredibly light and rigid". In keeping with the design focus on performance and emotional connection, the body has been lowered 15mm and widened 40mm, creating a more grounded, athletic stance. The D-shaped steering wheel with dimpled leather gives a secure grip, with a satin finish, piano black accents and red cross-stitching.

Visually the new Swift Sport gains a bespoke grille and bumper, a front lip spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a roof spoiler.

The Swift Sport's chassis has been heavily modified to match its higher outputs, with the front suspension featuring thicker anti-roll bar joints and stiffer integrated hub and wheel bearings which Suzuki says results in a 15 percent increase in camber stiffness that allows for the use of softer-than-usual springs to maintain a level of compliance while improving road holding. This supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus there are lots of safety features including auto emergency brakes, lane keep assistance and adaptive cruise.

The new Suzuki Swift Sport is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms early in 2018.

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