By Stewart Smith on 2017-09-12 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Swift by name - and
Swift by nature
THE all-new Suzuki Swift Sport has made its global premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the third-generation of the model features a lower, wider stance, more aggressive styling, and a torque-to-weight ratio Suzuki claims slots it into genuine hot hatch territory.
It has had a total revamp inside and now comes with accent panels, colour-contrasted gauges and precision dials which provide visual impact, while semi-bucket seats keep the driver firmly in control.
From the outside the Swift Sport's stance and performance credentials are enhanced by an exclusive front grille and bumper, an aerodynamic front-lip spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and roof-end spoiler, 17-inch polished alloy wheels and dual exhausts.
The advanced handling capabilities found in previous Swift Sport models have been further refined in the new model, with greater driving stability, optimized roll rigidity, and improved dynamic response.
Gear change is through the short-stroke 6-speed manual transmission used in the previous Swift Sport.
Connectivity kit includes Bluetooth-compatible audio display unit with a 7-inch touchscreen and SD Card 3D-map navigation.
For safety the new Swift Sport is kitted out with features including advanced forward detection, dual sensor brake support, lane departure warning and other key technologies.
Masao Kobori, Suzuki chief engineer, says: "It's lighter, sharper and quicker. It's more aggressive and emotive, but we've also refined the elements that make it practical to use every day-the clutch feel, the manual transmission shift throw, the seats and steering wheel. Everything that puts the driver at the heart of the experience."
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