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Suzuki Swift Sport

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has lost weight and gained a turbocharger

Lighter and more powerful Suzuki Swift Sport debuts at Frankfurt.

ALONGSIDE ALL THE crazy concept cars that were unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, there were a few that you might actually get to buy and want to drive.

One of those cars is the Suzuki Swift Sport which got its first public outing at the German show.

The Ford Fiesta ST rival doesn’t look that different to the outgoing model, but it does have a unique ‘staggered’ design honeycomb front grille, revised bumper and front-lip spoiler, and lowered side skirts. The rear gets a black diffuser and roof-end spoiler with dual exhausts similar to the old model. It also gets large 17-inch polished alloy wheels.

The wheelbase is now longer and wider at the front and rear and the body has also been lowered and widened for a more athletic stance.

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The car in you see in the photos wears the Champion Yellow colour scheme of the Suzuki Works rally car, which participated in the Junior World Rally Championship – but if this is too bright for your tastes, the Swift Sport is available in six other colours.

The interior also gets the sporty treatment with colour-contrasted gauges, D-shaped steering wheel, chrome finished gear shifter, sports alloy pedals and semi-bucket shape front seats.

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The biggest change for the new Swift Sport is under the hood. Gone is the old naturally-aspirated unit and in its place is a 1.4-litre turbocharged Boosterjet engine producing 140hp and 230Nm (up from 160Nm) of torque.

Furthermore, the new Swift Sport is 80kg lighter than before and weighs in at a trim 970kg. This means a very competitive torque-to-weight ratio of approximately 4.2kg/Nm. That should make for some entertaining driving round town and the back roads.

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