Suzuki Swift Sport debuts at Frankfurt show with 1.4T

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The third-generation B-segment hot hatch features many changes compared to its predecessor, chief of which is the engine.

The Japanese brand debuted its second-generation Swift Sport at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, which for the first time is equipped with a turbochaged engine. At the heart of the new Swift Sport is a 1.4-litre BoosterJet four-cylinder turbo engine, producing 138 bhp of power and 230 Nm of peak torque.

The Swift Sport also features a new suspension setup and has 120mm of ground clearance which is 15mm less than the last Sport. While Suzuki doesn't provide performance specs just yet, it says the new Swift Sport is a genuine hot hatch now. This is sent through a six-speed manual transmission (no auto at this stage) with front-wheel drive, as before.

"We had a brilliant foundation to work from, because the new Swift HEARTECT platform is incredibly light and rigid".

As for the rear, Suzuki focused on providing stability at high speeds, improving toe rigidity by 1.4 times compared to its predecessor, and camber rigidity is higher by a factor of almost three.

Aiding the dynamic nature of the Swift sport is a set of Monroe shocks found at each corner of the vehicle, as well as thicker stabiliser joint bars at the front, with now single-unit wheel hub and bearings, and more space between them. Monroe shock absorbers are also fitted here, and the torsional rigidity of the torsion beam has tuned for improved roll stiffness.

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As for the design, we've already seen the more aggressive body compared with the regular Swift.

The company has chose to go with the 17-inchalloy wheels and dual exhausts to enhance the sporty appeal. The wheelbase is 20mm longer than the previous Swift Sport, while tread is 40mm wider both front and rear.

Life inside isn't that much different from a standard Swift, save for the generous application of red accents and a driver-oriented instrument panel.

The new model is set to go on sale later this year.

Other bits include a D-shaped steering wheel with dimpled leather for a better grip, semi-bucket front seats, chrome shift knob and sports alloy pedals.