Geneva 2011: Suzuki Swift S-Concept puts its money where its name is

Suzuki Swift S-Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Suzuki Swift is a genuinely good car, standing as something of an exception in Suzuki's lineup until recent additions like the SX4 and Kizashi came along. But calling it "swift" might be a bit of wishful thinking, if not a huge exaggeration. Enter the Swift S-Concept, which Suzuki has just presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

Few details have been released as to what has gone into the S-Concept and where it's going, but anyone can tell straight off the bat that it's a Swift taken to the extreme. In fact, it looks as close to an S2000-spec racer for the street as we've seen in some time, sporting 18-inch wheels, aerodynamic upgrades, Recaro racing buckets... the works.

The result looks good. Seriously good. Which is sadly probably more than we can say for its production prospects. But for the company behind such an eclipsing Pikes Peak campaign, with the right mechanical upgrades to match the sporting pretensions of its own styling, a hotter Swift could be just the ticket to inject some much-needed excitement into its range.

Check it out in the gallery of live images from the show floor below, and the stock shots in the gallery below that.

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At this year's Geneva Motor Show, which opened to the media on March 1, Suzuki unveiled the Swift S-CONCEPT model. This exciting Concept is in line with Suzuki's brand philosophy of delivering excitement. Its overall development concept was to create a stylish sport compact with premium performance.

The design of Swift S-CONCEPT follows the theme of "more sporty and exciting" and reflected by its stylish appearance with bold, accentuated bodywork design and rear roof spoiler.

The Swift S-CONCEPT embodies the concept of a premium sport compact with uncompromised performance. The body is 30mm lower and 60mm wider than that of the standard Swift and has such a strong visual presence that it doesn't seem as compact as it actually is. Dynamic-looking front and rear bumpers and a big rear spoiler evoke high levels of acceleration and power and 18-inch wheels give a sense of solidity and stability. The headlamps and rear combination lamps have exclusive designs with high-tech accents.

Suzuki's sporty DNA is reflected in a Unique Lightning Pearl Yellow body which communicates intensity and depth and excitement - one of Suzuki's core values. The paint finish has a high lustre that looks different from varying angles which portrays dynamism and speed and the bespoke yellow, black, and dark-grey metallic colour scheme for both the exterior and interior were inspired by an athlete's running shoes.

For the interior, the steering wheel and instrument cluster have exclusive designs with Recaro Sport styled seats in the front, parts of the centre console are made of carbon fibre, which communicate a premium identity.

Overall length 3,890mm
Overall width 1,755mm
Overall height 1,475mm
Wheelbase 2,430mm
Power train Front engine / front wheel drive
Transmission 6 M/T
Tyres 225/45R18
Body Colour Lightning Pearl Yellow


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