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New Swift Sport: An Evolution of Swift Series' Sporty Flagship

Source: Suzuki | Published: Tue Sep 13, 2011

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The new Swift Sport's M16A engine is based on that of the previous model. Thanks to the addition of a variable intake system, optimization of the intake VVT and increased valve lift, maximum output is up from 123 hp (92 kW) in the previous Swift Sport to an impressive 134 hp (100 kW) with the new model. Maximum torque is up from 109 lb-ft (148 Nm) to 118 lb-ft (160 Nm). 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.

6-Speed Transmission

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.


The 2012 Suzuki 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 153.1 in (3,890 mm), an overall width of 66.7 in (1,695 mm), an overall height of 59.4 in (1,510 mm), and a wheelbase of 95.7 in (2,430 mm).

Performance Exclusively Tuned to the Swift Sport

Since the 2012 Suzuki 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.

Wheels and Tires

Exclusive 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels are standard on the 2012 Suzuki 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 tire sizes are 195/45 R17 and have been developed specifically for the new Swift Sport.

Regarding safety, there are seven airbags (including curtain airbags and a driver's knee airbag) in the 2012 Swift Sport, 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.

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