• Sep 6, 2006
If you've listened to our most recent podcast, it's apparent that a couple of us are eagerly awaiting the arrival of an important addition to the Suzuki lineup: the Swift Sport.

We've been eyeing-up the Swift Sport from far away, far too long, knowing that we'll adore its small footprint, perky-four and road-sucking prowess.

And what's not to love?

A small, high-revving 1.6-liter engine, with variable valve timing, that's been honed on the absurdly demanding Junior World Rally Championship circuit. A close-ratio, five speed manual gets to molest 125 hp before it reaches the tarmac and a suspension setup, mated with 17" wheels, that would bring a few Miata drivers around to the dark (front-wheel drive) side.

We can hardly wait, and thankfully, the blokes over at World Car Fans have given us all the succulent details to pour over in a hatch-induced haze.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Test driven the swift sport twice and I'm convinced this little 'warm-hatch' is the best in its class value for money-wise. Shame Suzuki won't be bringing it to the USA. You guys who think this car isn't hot, trust me, it is in the flesh. The pics don't do it justice at all. Guess there's one good thing bout living in the UK!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Esztergom, Hungary (Europe).
      Here is a Suzuki Factory where they bulid sx4s and swifts and ignises. Every second car in my country is a suzuki.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      no man, i actually like the protoge5.
      think the mini S is cool too.
      this just doesnt do it for me. just too 'mr.bean'ish .
      • 8 Years Ago
      #7 Source? As of May Suzuki indicated to the Canadian press that their were no plans for an NA release of the Swift before the next platform. The other thing is Suzuki is supposedly tapped out production wise as is indicated in this info on the Sport. If it is coming to NA Canada will be where it will land as this a hot segment but it still won't require the volume of units the US would. Also Suzuki Canada has been selling the Kalos here as the Swift + and isn't happy with it or the fact that GM is selling it as the Aveo and Wave in same market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can thank your SUV loving American dealer network for the fact that we did not get the current Swift. When the car was in the engineering stage Suzuki asked it's US dealer network if they wanted the Swift. They all said no. They wanted a huge SUV to mark up and make huge profit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I test drove the SX4 Sept 9th, and I've got to admit that I was quite impressed! The only drawback was the exceleration factor. Seems the SX4 is a very heavy vehicle for its class. But, as I was unescorted, I took evasive manuvers to see and feel the handling--very impressed! I will be buying one in 6 mos; that is, if all testing results are posted and confirm my initial assessment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      NOT UNTIL 2010?!?!?!?! OMGWTF!!! argh argh I want one now soo much! It's such an amazing work of art (interior is a bit bland but I could live with it).

      damnit am I going to have to keep my Protege5 until 2010? it will have 200k miles by then if I did my math correctly. :)

      Oh well, back to badgering Mazda North America to bring the Mazda2 over I guess :)

      damn that Swift Sport sure does look HOT though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lolz,
      I guess, then there are MANY Good Things to LiVE in Pakistan..!!
      If we wont get it through the dealers No Worry: We here can Import any car we Like, Any!
      And It doesnt cost you that Much if you get One from JAPAN, JDM Rules!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since when is 0-62 in 8.9 seconds "sporty,"? I mean I realize the handling will be sporty and it will be a very maneuverable little car, but 8.9 seconds? My Elantra does 0-60 in 8.9 seconds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      menice: yes, I think that looks hot. I drive a Mazda Protege5, you probably hate the way it looks too :)

      The proportions on that car are just right. They are reminiscent of the mini cooper though a bit larger. I think the swift looks like a ton of fun.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Suzuki is going to do what Hyundai did five years ago. They are going to offer a ton-a-car, value and good reliable transport for not-a-lot-a-money. The Swift and SX4 look great on paper and remind me of what Hyundai once did.
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