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Mike Stevens | Feb, 20 2012 | 1 Comment

Suzuki has announced the launch of its new Swift Sport range-topper in Australia, priced in-line with its predecessor and driven by an updated version of the same 1.6 litre engine.

Starting at $23,990 (plus on-roads) for the manual model, the Swift Sport will square off against Hyundai's Veloster sports hatch.

Based on the regular Swift five-door hatch, the new Sport draws its styling inspiration from last year's S-Concept. The flared guards and super-tough body kit are gone, but the aggressive new front bumper remains a faithful facsimile.

Power for the new Sport is provided by a revised version of the M16A 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that drove the previous model, delivering 100kW at 6900rpm and 160Nm at 4400rpm.

That's 30kW and 30Nm more than the regular 1.4 litre Swift, and 8kW/12Nm more than its sporting predecessor. Suzuki says the new model also boasts a kerb weight 30kg lighter than the old Sport.

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With relatively low power, weight savings are sought wherever they can be found, and even the Swift Sport's wheels are 1kg lighter each, thanks to a new "flow form" manufacturing process.

Performance figures for the new model have not been released, but overseas tests have returned 0-100km/h times in the 8.0 to 8.5-seconds range when mated to the Sport's new six-speed manual transmission.

For those that prefer to have the car swap its own cogs, a CVT automatic transmission is also available, offering paddle shifters and a seven-speed manual mode.

In manual form, the new Sport lists fuel consumption figures of 6.5 l/100km on the combined cycle, with the CVT the most frugal option at 6.1 l/100km - both an improvement over the 7.3 l/100km of the previous model.

Apart from its more powerful engine, the Sport moniker is earned through its stiffer springs - 15 percent stiffer up front and 30 percent more at the rear - along with additional springs on the front struts.

Suzuki has also given the torsion beam rear suspension a going-over, promising improved directional stability. There's also greater lateral stiffness in the mounting bushes, larger bearings in the wheels and a tougher trailing arm.

Standard features in the new Swift Sport include sports seats, leather steering wheel, cruise control, Bluetooth phone use, USB audio connectivity, climate control air-con and keyless entry and start.

Safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS and electronic brake-force distribution. The Swift Sport carries 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

 

Pricing

  • 2012 Swift Sport - Six-speed Manual - $23,990
  • 2012 Swift Sport - CVT Automatic - $25,990
    Note: prices are Manufacturer's List Price and do not include dealer deliver or on-road costs.

 
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