New 2018 Suzuki Swift Sport: 138bhp pocket rocket makes Frankfurt debut

12 Sep, 2017 1:00pm James Brodie

Suzuki's new Swift Sport gets 138bhp from 1.4-litre turbo, but boasts tiny, sub-tonne curb weight

The new Suzuki Swift Sport has made its full debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the firm has now revealed some of the vital specifications buried under the skin of its new Ford Fiesta ST rival.

As expected, the new Swift Sport gets turbo power in the form of a 1.4-litre BoosterJet four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Vitara S. The engine provides the Swift Sport with 138bhp and 230Nm of torque, and sends drive to the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The transmission is the same found in the last iteration of the firm’s hot hatch, but has been re-engineered to improve shift smoothness and feedback.

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While 138bhp means that the Swift Sport looks down on paper compared to the rest of its class – around 200bhp is fast becoming the norm in the hot supermini sector – it’s significantly lighter than its rivals with a curb weight of 970kg, and 80kg lighter than the previous Swift Sport. Performance figures remain under wraps for now though. A new suspension setup sits underneath, and the car rides 15mm lower than before too.

We've yet to hear a price and sale date, but it should stay true to the previous generation car’s role of providing a junior hot hatch experience on a budget. 

The new engine will make its impact felt with additional torque, as the turbocharged engine delivers far greater torque from low revs than the old rev-happy, naturally aspirated 1.6 seen in the last Suzuki Swift Sport. Combined with a sub-one tonne kerbweight and compact dimensions, this combination could deliver entertaining handling around town and great cross-country B-road driving fun.

The Swift Sport boasts trademark hot hatch looks. There's a revised front end with large, aggressive cuts in the bumper, a revised front grille and a splitter to give the car a sportier nose, while lowered side skirts and large diamond-cut alloy wheels are also fitted.

At the back there's a sporty black diffuser with two large exhaust exits, just like the old Swift Sport.

Inside, the cabin gets a sporty update to go with its performance upgrades. Sports seats are present, as is a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red dials, and plenty of racy red trim pieces. As the Sport will be the flagship of the Swift range, it will come packed with Suzuki's latest interior and technology options. These include a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 4.2-inch display set between the dials, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Prices should stay broadly in line with that of the older model, meaning prices around £16,000 when the new Swift Sport arrives in showrooms in summer 2018.

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