Popular pocket rocket turns to turbocharged power for its third generation
Mark Tisshaw
12 September 2017

Suzuki is promising the character of the Swift Sport has not been altered, despite a switch to a turbocharged engine.

The previous car was highly regarded for its high-revving normally aspirated 1.6 engine, coupled with engaging handling. Indeed, it was the last hot hatch available with a normally aspirated engine.

The new model, on display at the Frankfurt motor show, uses a turbocharged 1.4 with just 4bhp more than the old car at 138bhp at 5500rpm, but torque is up significantly by 52lb ft to 170lb ft, available much lower down the rev range at 2500-3500rpm that makes the car "more fun to drive" across more of the rev range, according to chief engineer Masao Kobori.

The 0-62mh time is improved 25% to an estimated 6.2sec, and top speed now stands at 127mph, up form 6mph. The six-speed manual gearbox carries over from before.

The 1.4 is the biggest petrol engine Suzuki now makes, and Kobori said the firm doesn't need to give the engine a greater amount of power for the car to hold its own against more powerful rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST and Renault Sport Clio, typically with around 200bhp.

"Other manufacturers have higher performance engines,” said Kobori. “Our car is fun to drive, and does not need a powerful engine. When you combine the lightweight technology with the 1.4 engine, you have a fun feeling to drive. The handling of the car and the acceleration of the response are better.”

Of just as much significance to the Swift Sport is its lighter sub one-tonne kerb weight of 970kg, a drop of 80kg from before. This has been taken out of the body of the new Swift Sport, while increasing rigidity. The wheelbase has been increased 20mm, while the width is increased by 40mm, all to aid stability. Wider tyres are fitted to the car’s 17in alloys, too.

The development of the car has in part taken place on UK roads, which was important in finalising the damper tuning, according to Kobori.

The UK is one of the Swift Sport’s key markets, with around 1500 finding homes each year. Suzuki expects the new car to perform as well again when it reaches the UK next spring priced from around £14,000.

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24 July 2017

It’ll be quick, fun, highly spec’d and a bargain price, maybe as little as £14,000 which would buy you a lowly spec’d Zeetec 3dr Fiesta with a puny 1.1na 85hp 5 speed . Yes this Fiesta got 4 and half stars (FKH) and is slightly larger (have a Baleno then) but I know wish I rather have!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

24 July 2017

It will be as good as the old one. A tempting proposition if it is. Pricing spot on.

Spanner

24 July 2017

Looks good if it has the same sparkling performance and if it's lighter than it's predecessor it should be something special. The only slight criticism of the latest Swift that I have is that the interior is a bit gloomy I hope that Suzuki could use some lighter materials to brighten it up. Will there be a 4x4 version as well?

24 July 2017

Handling should be as good (if not better) than the old one, but with a better engine, lighter weight (thus stronger performance and economy) and more space inside.A good, reliable, cheap to run warm-to-hot hatch alternative for all those that were disappointed with the long-awaited Yaris GRMN costing a king's ransom and only being a limited run one-off.....as well as being based on a lightly facelifted long-in-the-tooth model.The only downside is that they haven't done something about the silly rear door handles that spoil the looks - but it's a small price to pay if it's as good as expected and competitively priced.

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

24 July 2017

Pricing - GreatWeight - PerfectExpected Handling - Surely they can't mess it up? Expected to be excellentPerformace - If it drives well, who cares? Peppy enough to be funStyling - Argh! I find the current Swift's styling to be awkward and dowdy. I can't imagine "sportiness" being added will improve this. I know it doesn't matter when a car is great to drive, but you don't purely buy a car on how it corners. There has to be more to it than that

24 July 2017
superstevie wrote:

Pricing - Great<p></p>Weight - Perfect<p></p>Expected Handling - Surely they can't mess it up? Expected to be excellent<p></p>Performace - If it drives well, who cares? Peppy enough to be fun<p></p>Styling - Argh! I find the current Swift's styling to be awkward and dowdy. I can't imagine "sportiness" being added will improve this. I know it doesn't matter when a car is great to drive, but you don't purely buy a car on how it corners. There has to be more to it than that

Edited to make it easier to read! Thought the new text editor bit would have sorted that out 

24 July 2017

Oh I give up :/

7 August 2017

Suzuki certainly on a roll.

New sport will put cat among the pigeons.

Also just released new full Hybrid Swift  just out in Japan with a 10kw electric motor will be the start things to come.

Keep up the good work Suzuki.

whiteliner

7 August 2017

Suzuki certainly on a roll.

New sport will put cat among the pigeons.

Also just released new full Hybrid Swift  just out in Japan with a 10kw electric motor will be the start things to come.

Keep up the good work Suzuki.

whiteliner

12 September 2017

Power of the engine is also confirmed, it's 103kW, the same as other Suzukis i.e 140PS or around 138 in UK ponies. 

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