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First look: Suzuki injects sport into Swift

Extra oomph: Swift Sport employs a 1.6-litre engine.

Suzuki's five-door Swift Sport rekindles memories of the Swift GTi last seen in 2000

16 Sep 2005

SUZUKI’s new Swift notches up its already impressive street credibility with the release in Japan of details on the forthcoming five-door hatchback Sport model.

The Swift Sport revisits the performance image last seen in the three-door Swift GTi coupe that bowed out in Australia in 2000.

Already noted by Suzuki top brass as a competitor for the Peugeot 206 GTi, the tied-down, bold and brassy Swift Sport is endowed with a stroked, 1.6-litre version of the regular Swift’s 1.5-litre all-alloy, twin-camshaft, variable camshaft timing four-cylinder engine.

30 center image It punches out more power (92kW compared with 74kW) and torque (148Nm compared with 133Nm) than the 1.5-litre, and considerably ups the ante on the old GTi, which produced 74kW and 113Nm from its twin-camshaft, 16-valve 1.3-litre engine.

In a body weighing a tad over one tonne this means a healthy power-weight ratio which, not at all coincidentally, comes close to equating the GTi Peugeot.

The Swift Sport rides on a tighter suspension with bigger, 16-inch alloy wheels and 195/50R16 tyres. ABS braking with electronic brake-force distribution is standard.

Suzuki is not saying when, or if the new Sport is scheduled for Australia, nor is it commenting on price, but it’s a reasonably sure bet that should it arrive here, it will come in below the $35,000 Peugeot 206 GTi.

Suzuki Australia is also investigating the three-door version of the Swift, currently available in the UK, for introduction here next year.

However, this variant is only built in Hungary and so attracts a higher price than the Japanese-sourced five-door Swift currently sold in Australia.

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