NEW Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 was officially unveiled this week and it has more power and is lighter than before.
New Suzuki Swift Sport 2018 was unveiled this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2018
The third generation Swift Sport is lighter and more powerful than before with its kerb weight reduced by 80kg to 970kg and an torque increased by 70Nm to 230Nm.
Powering it is Suzuki’s turbocharged 1.4-litre BOOSTERJET petrol engine which is paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
“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.
It’s not just power that has been boosted too.
Suzuki claim the car has greater driving stability, optimized roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response compared to its predecessor and has been fitted with Monroe front shock absorbers which gives the car a 15 per cent increase in camper rigidity during cornering.
The overhauled looks of the new Swift which were debuted earlier this year have been carried over to the Sport too, including the redesigned nose of the car.
However, the overall shape and design is more angular and aggressive and the features black gloss painted elements to give it an overall sporty character.
It is also larger than its predecessors with a 20mm longer wheelbase and 40mm wider tread at both the front and the rear of the car.
Suzuki has also lowered the body by 15mm and widened it by 40mm, which should allow more room inside the cabin.
Inside the car there are semi-bucket seats, D-shaped steering wheel and contrasting colour materials used across the dash and seats.
At the centre of the dashboard is the Bluetooth-compatible Smartphone Linkage Display Audio Display unit with a seven-inch touchscreen and a SD Card 3D-map navigation.
This system is also compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink which allows for increased smartphone connectivity.
A range of driver assistance safety systems have also been fitted to the car including: advanced forward detection, Dual Sensor Brake Support, lane departure warning and other key technologies.
Other systems on board include: Weaving alert function, High beam assist, Adaptive cruise control, Radar Brake Support, Emergency stop signal, ESP, Tyre pressure monitoring system, TECT impact-absorbing body, 6 SRS airbags and Pedestrian injury mitigation body.
“We know that our customers value a dynamic driving experience above everything else, so for the third-generation Swift Sport our development concept was “Ultimate driving excitement,” explained Suzuki Chief Engineer Masao Kobori.
He added: ”Our team had hundreds of new design and engineering ideas, but these ideas only made it off the drawing board if they added performance and emotion.
“With the third generation we’ve moved the game on to the next level as a genuine hot hatch. And I’m confident that when you drive it you’re going to go WOW!”
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