It's compact, sporty, has a manual transmission... and we don't expect it to arrive Stateside anytime soon. We're talking about the all-new Suzuki Swift Sport, which is set to make its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The compact hot hatch is a tuned version of the standard Swift, with power rated at 134 horses and torque at 118 pound-feet, fed to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.

Suzuki didn't just fiddle with the engine, however, as the Swift Sport gets a healthy dose of chassis and suspension upgrades over the standard Swift. The torsion beam is more rigid, spring rates have been increased and the front wheels receive larger bushings to help turn the Swift Sport into an agile handling machine.

Despite all the sporting notions, the Suzuki Swift Sport is still a light sipper at the fuel pump. Fuel economy is rated at approximately 37 miles per gallon. So to sum up, the Swift Sport sounds rather fun to drive yet it's fuel efficient as well, and you're not going to see one on a U.S. road in the foreseeable future. Feel free to read all the details after the break.
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NEW SWIFT SPORT WORLD DEBUT AT THE 2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

12/09/11 - The sporty, exciting new Swift Sport is the highlight of the Suzuki line up at the 64th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

The Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift model range and offers higher levels of tuning, steering and braking performance than the standard Swift on which it's based. The previous model first went into production in Japan in 2005 and in Hungary in 2006. The sporting experience and everyday practicality have earned many devoted fans in approximately 40 countries and territories around the world.

The new Swift Sport has the same DNA as its predecessor, but reflects the concept of developing a refined sport compact from the new Swift that Suzuki launched in the UK last Autumn. Befitting its status as the new performance flagship of the Swift model range, it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki's sporting DNA.

Suzuki plans to launch the new Swift Sport in a growing number of countries, beginning this October, with sales launch in the UK from early next year.

Exterior

The new Swift Sport's exterior design reflects the model's evolution towards a more sporting look. The ground-hugging form gives a sense of stability, the large front grille hints at the performance within and is flanked by big, distinctive finned fog lamp bezels that add even more sporting character.

Aerodynamic parts exclusive to the new Swift Sport control the airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual centre of gravity. Newly developed high-intensity discharge headlamps with a metallic-grey coating as well as new design rear combination lamps heighten the sense of dynamism expressed by the exterior design.

Sporty and refined Interior

Sporty, exclusive design features in the new Swift Sport's cabin heighten the driving pleasure and a high-quality look and feel generates pleasure of ownership with new design sport seats in an exclusive fabric together with a five-dial meter cluster that combines easy legibility with an uncluttered look.

Dimensions [Compact for nimbleness] 

The new Swift Sport's strong presence belies compact dimensions that make it exceptionally nimble. Wide treads and a short wheelbase (key characteristics of the Swift series) combine with chassis systems that include an exclusively designed rear suspension to ensure brisk handling and outstanding high-speed stability. The new Swift Sport has an overall length of 3,890mm, an overall width of 1,695mm, an overall height of 1,510mm, and a wheelbase of 2,430mm.

Performance

• Exclusively tuned handling for the Swift Sport

• Swift Sport-exclusive M16A engine offering more power and fuel economy

• Specially designed six-speed manual transmission

Handling [Exclusively tuned chassis for Swift Sport]

Since the new Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift series, Suzuki pursued higher levels of chassis performance, achieving an exceptional balance of controllability and stability.

Greater toe and camber rigidity for the torsion beam, greater lateral rigidity in the torsion-beam bushings, and larger rear wheel bearings enhance stability at the rear under hard cornering. Increased spring rates for the front and rear coil springs and added rebound springs in the front struts significantly contribute to stability by providing greater roll stiffness. Modifications to the steering-gearbox member, suspension-frame member as well as larger front wheel bearings all boost yaw response, resulting in handling that has evolved even further from that of the previous Swift Sport.

Engine

The new Swift Sport's M16A engine is based on that of the previous model. Thanks to the addition of a variable intake system, optimisation of the intake VVT and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 92kW in the previous Swift Sport to an impressive 100kW with the new model. Maximum torque is up from 148Nm to 160Nm. As a result, the driver can enjoy superb performance across the rev range. The engine's high output is combined with improved fuel economy; CO2 emissions are down around 11 per cent from 165g/km to 147g/km and a revised exhaust system yields a sportier note.

Key performance data

New Swift Sport Previous Swift Sport
Maximum output 100kW/6,900rpm 92kW/6,800rpm
Maximum torque 160N•m/4,400rpm 148Nm/4,800rpm
Fuel consumption* 44.1mpg 39.8mpg
CO2 emissions* 147g/km 165g/km
*The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions shown above are combined figures based on the new Swift Sport (Euro 5 standard formula for a vehicle with two-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission) and previous Swift Sport (Euro 4 standard formula for a vehicle with two-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission).

Transmission [Designed for sporty, fuel-efficient driving]

The new Swift Sport's manual transmission was developed specifically to take full advantage of the M16A engine's performance. The use of six gears (up from five in the previous Swift Sport) allows sporty driving combined with fuel economy. A triple-cone synchromesh for first and second gears permits lower shift effort and a larger counterweight at the transmission end of the shift lever yields a sporty shift action that is now lighter and more positive.

Wheels and tyres [Exclusive 17-inch designs]

Exclusive 17-inch aluminium-alloy wheels are standard on the new Swift Sport. They have a sharp, exquisite design and are produced in such a way that they are each about 1kg lighter than those of the previous Swift Sport. The tyre sizes are 195/45R17 and have been developed specifically for the new Swift Sport.

Safety [Newly evolved protection]

• Comprehensive range of safety equipment

• Seven airbags as standard equipment

• ESP® (Electronic Stability Program) as standard equipment

The new Swift Sport represents an evolution in terms of safety. Comprehensive safety technologies mean it offers the same control and peace of mind as the new Swift, which earned a five-star rating in the European New Car Assessment Programme.

Extensive use of high-tensile steel and computerised structural analysis keep the body light while promoting safety, There are seven airbags (including curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag), and the pillars incorporate shock-absorbing materials that soften any contact with occupants' heads.

Suzuki took a multifaceted approach to achieve higher levels of active safety. As a result, ESP®* and an antilock braking system with electronic braking-force distribution are standard equipment.

*Note: ESP is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.


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      Juggernaut494
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would you really "buy" the Swift if Suzuki brought it to the US?? With the extremely limited dealer network most people probably don't even have a Suzuki dealer near them! Hopefully, Suzuki and VW can break ties peacefully so that Suzuki can possibly partner with Fiat and start really rolling in the US!
        Subcompact Culture
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Juggernaut494
        I would really buy the Swift if Suzuki brought it. I currently on a 2010 SX4 AWD and a 1995 Sidekick 4x4 as my off-road toy. I really dig Suzuki's products, and would replace my 2007 Toyota Yaris with a Swift if I were able to.
      breakfastburrito
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah well... i would've bought this car. Knowing that they're not bringing the good cars to the States, they really might as well just pack up and leave. The Kizashi is just a reliable Jetta - nothing i'd want. Their dealer network is gone. They're only good at small cars, but tried to sell us SUV's... bunch of idiots. Stick to what you know. The Swift Sport made the best little JWRC rally car. Monster Tajima, with his fame, could've made a SwiftSport mini Rally series here, built some interest. If people in the U.S. knew how fun these were to drive... I'd have bought one.
      A B
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would say too little too late, but...this is only in Frankfurt and not the US. So, Suzuki waits years and years after Toyota brought over the Yaris and Honda brought over the Fit. This is like that not-so-attractive girl at the party that talks for 5 hours about taking her shirt off and only gets to her bra.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki has consistently ignored the American market with their offerings here (the Jimny, the Kei cars, the Swift (since 2000), now this Swift). The Kizashi is an amazing automobile...yet most Americans don't even know it exists...why? Suzuki has never made a strong attempt at the American market since the ill fated Samurai of the late 1980's. This car would be the best salvo to send into the growing American small car market to get the Suzuki name out there and establish them as a viable automobile sales company in the States. Why? Because there are few authentic sporty vehicles in the segment. Everyone is going for a 4-door, luxury oriented approach to the small segment (most automobile manufacturers are advertising their 4-door variant ahead of the hatches...see the Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, and new Chevy Sonic ad's...they focus on the 4-door variant and leave the hatch out of the ad, or in the background). The few hatches out there rarely approach true sportiness. If Suzuki were to advertise this vehicle with its true sport ability and hatch versatility (a "Swiss Knife of a car"....are you listening American Suzuki Automotive...over there in Brea, CA?) Americans would pay attention to it. With a good kit of dealer installed add-ons (read: YOU customize it the way YOU want...like Scion)...this little car COULD be Suzuki's calling card in America. Alas, they will just let it slip by us as they have every good car they have made since the Swift Gti of 1989. Perhaps the divorce from Volkswagen is what it will take to get Suzuki to see the possibilities in the American Market. One can only hope for their sake...because there is much more market share out there to be had and this little car COULD be the one to open America's eyes to what we could have. Lets face if folks...small cars are here to stay and this is one great offering we need!
        Phontsolo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Travis C. Vasconcelo
        It's the same with other car manufactures. They THINK they know what's right for America but they really haven't a clue.
      Phontsolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another hot hatch we don't get in the US for some mysterious reason that no one seems to know the reasons behind. Cool!
      Phontsolo
      • 4 Years Ago
      Title should say: Suzuki to launch sprightlier Swift Sport in America....... but NO.
      c2100
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only we could buy one http://www.flickr.com/photos/d70w7/5371345954/
      • 4 Years Ago
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      AlphaGnome
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's truly a shame that Suzuki hasn't put this on sale here in America! This, as far as I'm concerned, is the one car that could actually give Mini some real competition!
        Phontsolo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        Agreed but are you saying Fiat can't get the Mini some real competition?
      IBx27
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind driving one of these. Looks nice and clean, just like the one before it.
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