• Mar 18th 2010 at 1:28PM
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Suzuki Swift Sport "Rock am Ring" edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

When you think of the Nürburgring, and what cars come to mind? Porsche 911 GT3? BMW M5? Nissan GT-R? How about a Suzuki Swift?

Now the Swift – especially in Sport guise – is one of those hot little hatchbacks we wish was offered for sale in North America, and we may well get our wish with the next-gen model. But in the meantime, is it really worthy of a Nürburgring edition à la Lexus LFA? Well no, not really, but hold your horses there a minute, because the Suzuki Swift Sport "Rock am Ring" edition isn't about speeding around the road course. It's about the music, man.

Every summer – in case nearby residents weren't annoyed enough by the noise – the Nürburgring plays host to the "Rock am Ring" (Rock at the 'Ring) music festival, and Suzuki is one of the biggest sponsors. So to celebrate the arrival of this year's rock-fest, Suzuki's Deutsch subsidiary has released this special edition.

Instead of semi-slick tires and strut braces, the Rock am Ring edition Swift gets a Clarion infotainment system with a 6.9-inch color display, 30-gig hard drive, iPod connectivity and upgraded speakers. Oh, and the requisite special badging, of course. For our part, we'd blast some of our most spirited driving music, flog it around the track and make sure to add one of those Nordschleife stickers to the package.

[Source: Suzuki]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sans the Clarion...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I read about this like 3 days ago, Autoblog is slipping.

      The Suzuki looks hawt tho!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad, wonder why they don't bring it the USA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I loved getting to drive the SX4 with awd it was a sweet little ride, would be even better with an updated powertrain tho. I wish Suzuki would bring even more of their small car building skills to N/A. The car I would love to see come back aswell would be the Cappuccino it would kill the MX-5!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good, Is a 4x4 version ? Remik from http://www.mbushracing.org/
      • 5 Years Ago
      "When you think of the Nürburgring, and what cars come to mind?"

      Ummm, Ford Transit?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Better yet, make a Kizashi hatch version (please Suzuki?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice little hatch... I see a nice combo of Renault, Fiat 500 and VW-GTI. A nice package and tunes to boot... thumbs up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um, for anyone who's ever been to the Ring in the last couple years you should realize the connection with the Swift sport. People who run there see them all the time. They are ubiquitous on all the Ringers photo galleries.


      And now they have a connection with Suzuki motorsport per the latest newsletter.

      I rented from these guys last November. The cars are set up real nice and are super fast for what they are. 900kg, that's under 2000 lbs. basically stock.

      I liked the car so much, it's made me interested in the development of the new model for the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the swift has been out for over 5 years now. About time they updated it.
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