New Suzuki Swift sport previewed before Frankfurt debut

Suzuki has given hot hatch fans a preview of its upcoming 2012 Swift Sport ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

When Suzuki unveiled its S-Concept earlier this year, it was a styling exercise to show what the next Swift Sport may look like. Some of the concepts bold styling has remained and some has been dropped. The pumped out wheel arches are gone, as are the vented quarter panels and giant wing. What has been kept is the striking front bumper and smoked headlights.

Under the bonnet the 2012 Swift Sport will feature a 1.6 litre M16A engine developed exclusively for the sportier model. The four-cylinder petrol unit will produce 100 kW of power and 160 Nm of torque. That’s a 30kW/20Nm increase over the standard new-model Swift and a 8kW/12Nm increase over the previous Swift Sport.

The engine will be connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Dynamically, Suzuki is talking up the new model and promises “more responsive handling.” This will be achieved with a new rear-suspension design and internal rebound springs in the struts.

Other features include the impact-absorbing body, seven airbags and a stability control system. Expect more details on the new Swift Sport to be revealed before it’s unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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