More after the jump and click here for a full high resolution gallery of Suzuki Swift Sport shots.
[Source: Nihon Car]
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Based on the new-in-2004, fourth generation Swift, the Sport was added to the Japanese market menu in '05. Along with the top of the line powerplant, Sport buyers get fog lamps, a new body kit, 16-inch alloys and some suspension tweaking. And the interior receives a makeover that lends a sportier appearance too. Sounds good so far. But looks can be deceiving, according to Nihon Car.
They were disappointed by the spartan interior that seemed old-fashioned and lacked comfort, but admitted keeping the price low made it an understandable compromise. More troubling were the driving dynamics. Despite high hopes, the VVT DOHC 1.6-liter 4 felt lethargic to them from the first kilometer. They blame it on a lack of torque (148Nm) and an inappropriately geared transmission that couldn't seem to move even the 2400 lb Swift with much verve. Such a pitty. We had high hopes for this little hatch.