SWIFT SPORT THE ALL-NEW COMPACT SPORT SUPERMINI







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: December 13, 2011
Categories: Suzuki, Suzuki Swift

  • All new Swift Sport – on sale from January 2012 – Priced at £13,500.
  • New Euro 5 1.6-ltre 136hp VVT engine – offers improved torque together with 10 per cent lower combined fuel consumption of 44.1mpg.
  • Exhaust emissions of 147g/km - 10 per cent lower than previous Swift Sport model.
  • New design six speed manual transmission fitted as standard.
  • Insurance Group 18 – down 5 groups over previous model Swift
  • Export  Specification includes auto air conditioning, fog lamps, push button start, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, HID Projector headlamps with headlamp wash and rear privacy glass.
  • ESP and seven airbags fitted as standard.
  • 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, max speed 121mph.
  • Global Swift sales of 2.2 million since May 2005.
  • UK Swift Sport sales of around 6,000 since launch in May 2006.

Suzuki Swift Sport: The all new compact Sport Supermini

The 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 sporting experience and everyday practicality of the previous model 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 1.2 litre launched in the UK late last year. 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.   Now, Suzuki has realised even higher levels of Swift performance and styling and combined them with improved fuel economy and environmental performance to create a sports compact that is an ideal match for today’s needs. The result is the all-new Swift Sport.

The new Swift Sport’s exterior design reflects the model’s evolution towards a more sporting look. Aerodynamic parts exclusive to the new Swift Sport control the airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual centre of gravity. Newly developed High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with a metallic-grey coating as well as new design rear combination lamps heighten the sense of dynamism expressed by the exterior design.

Suzuki Swift Sport: The all new compact Sport Supermini

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.

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 the addition of rebound springs in the front suspension 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 Swift Sport’s M16A engine is based on that of the previous model and now offers more power combined with lower emissions. Thanks to the addition of a variable intake system, optimisation of the intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 92kW (123bhp) to an impressive 100kW (136hp) with the new model.

Maximum torque is up from 148Nm to 160Nm at a slightly lower engine speed of 4,400rpm enabling the driver to enjoy superb performance across the rev range. The engine’s high output is combined with improved fuel economy; CO2 emissions are down around 10 per cent from 165g/km to 147g/km and a revised exhaust system now yields a sportier note.

Transmission [Designed for sporty, fuel-efficient driving]  

The new Swift Sport’s manual transmission was developed specifically to take full advantage of the M16A engine’s performance. The use of six gears allows sporty driving combined with improved 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.

Safety [Newly evolved protection]  

  • Comprehensive range of safety equipment
  • Seven airbags as standard equipment
  • ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) as standard equipment

The new 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.   Extensive use of high-tensile steel and computerised structural analysis keep the body light while promoting safety,

There are seven airbags (including curtain and a driver’s knee airbag), and the pillars incorporate shock-absorbing materials that soften any contact with occupants’ heads. These safety enhancements have contributed strongly to the new model attaining an insurance group rating of 18 – down from Group 23 of the previous model Swift Sport.   Dimensions

The keys to the Swift’s nimble handling include wide track and a short wheelbase. With the new Sport, Suzuki carries forward these fundamental attributes and has further refined them. New dimensions combine with increased rear-suspension firmness for better straight-line and cornering stability.

They also add to a road-hugging profile that communicates the new Swift Sport’s enhanced handling and performance.   The new Swift Sport’s strong presence belies compact dimensions that make it exceptionally nimble. Wide front and rear track and a short wheelbase (key characteristics of the Swift series) combine with chassis systems that include an exclusively designed rear suspension to ensure sharper handling and outstanding high-speed stability.

New Swift Sport is available in five metallic / pearlescent colours which are as follows:

Silky Silver metallic  Kashmir Blue Pearl metallic  Cosmic Black Pearl metallic  Cool White pearl metallic  Ablaze Red Pearl metallic

In line with other models in the Suzuki range, new Swift Sport models are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty; and by Suzuki Assistance, providing 24-hour UK and European roadside assistance, recovery and associated services for 12 months as well as a 12-year perforation warranty. Service intervals are every 9,000 miles.

NEW SWIFT SPORT EQUIPMENT LIST

COMFORT

Electric windows with drivers side auto-down

Heated electric and folding door mirrors

Remote central door locking

Keyless entry and push button start

Front Sport seats

Automatic Air Conditioning

Pollen filter

MP3 / WMA compatible Radio/CD with USB port + 6 speakers

Bluetooth integrated audio unit with voice activation and music streaming facility

Audio controls on steering wheel

Cruise control

Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel

Tinted glass

Rear privacy glass

INSTRUMENT PANEL    

Lights-on/key-in reminder

Digital clock

Outside temperature display

Fuel consumption display (average / instantaneous / tank range

Driver's seat belt warning lamp & alarm

Door ajar warning lamp

INTERIOR      

Boot light (2 positions)

Sun visor/vanity mirror (both sides)

Front map light

Centre console storage

Cup holders x 3

Front seat height adjuster (driver's side)

60/40 split rear seat backs

Accessory socket

EXTERIOR    

High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with headlamp washers

Automatic headlamp levelling

2 speed & intermittent windscreen wipers

Rear wash/wipe with intermittent facility

17” Alloy wheels

Black coloured A & B pillars

Body coloured door mirrors & handles

Electromagnetic tailgate opener

Body coloured side sill covers

Body coloured Tailgate mounted rear roof spoiler

Front fog lamps

Towing eye

SAFETY & SECURITY    

Driver and front passenger airbags

Side curtain airbags

Curtain Shield Airbags

Drivers knee airbag

Front passenger airbag deactivation system

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

ABS with EBD

Automatic headlamps

3-point ELR seatbelts for all seats

ISOFIX child seat restraint system with top tether anchors

Remote fuel lid opener

Side impact protection beams

Visible VIN

Freewheeling key cylinders

Deadlocks

Flat tyre repair system (in place of spare wheel)

NEW SWIFT SPORT 1.6 VVT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  

ENGINE  

Engine type   M16A with VVT

No. of cylinders   4

No. of valves   16

Fuel distribution   Multipoint injection

EU emission standard compliance   Euro 5

Bore x stroke (mm)   78.0 x 83.0

Capacity (cc)   1,586

Compression ratio   11.0:1

Max output (kW/hp @ rpm)   100/136 @ 7,000

Max torque (Nm/lbft @ rpm)   160/118 @ 4,400

TRANSMISSION  

Type   6-speed manual

Gear ratios   1st   3.615

 2nd   2.047

3rd   1.518

4th   1.156

5th   0.918

6th   0.794

Reverse   3.481

Final drive   3.944

CHASSIS

Brakes - front   Ventilated discs

Brakes - rear   Discs

Suspension - front   MacPherson strut & coil springs

Suspension - rear   Torsion beam & coil springs

Steering   Rack and pinion

Turning circle (m)   10.4

Tyre size   195/45R17

WEIGHTS & DIMENSIONS  

Kerb weight kg   1,045

Gross vehicle weight kg   1,480

Towing capacity - braked kg   1,000

Towing capacity - unbraked kg   400

Overall length - mm   3,890

Overall width - mm   1,695

Overall height - mm   1,510

Wheelbase - mm   2,430

Track Front - mm   1,470

Track Rear - mm   1,475

Ground clearance - mm   130

Seats   4

Luggage capacity – rear seatback raised (l)   211

Luggage capacity – rear seatback folded (l)   512

Fuel tank capacity (l)   42

PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY

Urban cycle mpg (l/100 km)   33.6 (8.4)

Extra urban mpg (l/100 km)   54.3 (5.2)

Combined  mpg (l/100 km)   44.1 (6.4)

CO2 emissions (g/km)   147

Max. speed (mph)   121

Acceleration 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) secs   8.7

Suzuki Swift Sport: The all new compact Sport Supermini