We bring you the Sport report

Riley Riley

Suzuki has added a sizzling new version of the Swift Sport to the range and it promises to be cracker.

They’ve taken the larger 1.4-litre four cylinder turbo from the S-Cross SUV, tweaked it and shoehorned it into the hatch to produce 103kW and 230Nm of torque.

In comparison the base 1.2-litre naturally aspirated model produces 66kW and 120Nm while the punchy 1.0-litre three cylinder engine delivers 82kW and 160Nm.

That all bodes well for the little buzzbox that could and spiritual successor to the hero GTi of the 1980s.

We can hardly wait to get one home.

Suzuki claims the latest Sport brings many changes that include a lower and wider stance, aggressive styling and new safety and tech features that catapult the car into true hot hatch territory.

Swift Sport’s 1.4-litre BOOSTERJET direct injection turbo engine is paired with a six speed manual or six-speed auto with paddle shifts.

It boasts 7-hole injector nozzles enabling higher pressure and atomised fuel injection for more powerful engine output and a cleaner exhaust.

At the same time a sophisticated wastegate valve control constantly monitors boost pressure to minimise fuel consumption while cruising — offering fuel consumption of just 6.1L/100km.

The Sport is 80kg lighter than the outgoing model giving it a respectable torque to weight ratio of 4.2kg/Nm.

Swift Sport chief engineer Masao Kobori said they’ve made the all-new Swift Sport lighter, faster and more stimulating in every way.

Visually the car benefits from an aggressive, staggered black honeycomb grille, thin spoke 17-inch polished alloys, dual exhausts, with LED headlights, daytime running lights and fog lamps.

Carbon fibre look front bumper highlights, under spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser complete the look.

There’s some sporty touches inside too, including semi-bucket seats embossed with the “Sport” logo, red stitching throughout, a D-shaped steering wheel, red highlights across the dash and sports alloy pedals.

Standard features include keyless start and entry, electric folding mirrors, driver multi-information colour LCD, climate control, 7-inch multi-touch colour display unit with satnav, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In an interesting move, if customers who service their car under the capped price program for five years, they will have their warranty extended from three to five years.

With five colours from which to choose, the all-new Swift Sport is priced from a competitive $25,490 for manual and from $27,490 for the auto — both prices before on-road costs.

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