• Sep 9, 2005

Next week, Suzuki will be launching the sporty version of its Mini-challenger – Swift Sport. Well, in Japan, that is. For now at least, Suzuki has no plans of bringing the Swift to the U.S., but given the steep rise in gas prices recently, perhaps that will change. The Swift Sport gets a higher-compression-ratio version of the Swift's twin-cam 16-valve four-banger, producing 125 bhp. While not as powerful as the Mini Cooper S (168 bhp), it definitely has a better horsepower-to-weight ratio with the Swift Sport weighing roughly 1,000 lbs less than the Mini Cooper S. With a price tag under $15,000, the Swift Sport could definitely give the Mini a run for its money.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      c'mon guys, let's not get carried away here - it's only a Suzuki.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Give us the Swift and take back the Daweoo built cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Suzuki is bringing the new Swift to the US - it's now a "global" car insted of rebadging whatever other car as a "swift" depending on the market. See this for other cool small cars coming to North-America: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/small_japanese.php
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't know why Suzuki doesn't bring the Swift to the U.S. market. At its lower end, it could be a sensible vehicle for budget minded consumers concerned about high gas prices. At its higher end, it could be a MINI or a Scion xa/xb fighter. A Swift would be a better alternative than the Aveo.
      • 9 Years Ago
      DAMN! We have the Swift here in Canada. I hope we get that!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Suzuki offered the Swift to US and the dealers said no...........util they saw it, but it was too late. We may get the next model maybe 2009-2010.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Warranty clarification... Suzuki is able to call their's #1 because it's transferrable when the car is resold. That's supposed to help increase the resale value. Other brand's long-term warranties expire upon sale by original owner (same family excluded).
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if the 2.3L 155hp from the Aerio would squeeze in under the hood? They're crazy if they don't bring us this car! Quit serving us Daewoo crap badged as Suzukis and give us the actual good stuff that Suzuki builds.
      • 9 Years Ago
      add in the 10 year warranty and it kicks any scion's ass
      • 9 Years Ago
      CrunchyCookie, Yeah, ok , I see. I just checked out Suzuki's site. THEY are making the "average" point. The dumb logic belongs to them. My apologies to you.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I rented an Aerio once, and it was more pleasant to drive than it had any reason to be. Are native Suzuki's reliable?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "....the Swift Sport could definitely give the Mini a run for its money." Definately?? - maybe. What happens when the road become twisty?!
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