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Old 08-23-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default Suzuki Swift Sport Concept

Pumped up Swift concept to preview new Suzi light-car plus 1.4-litre turbo-petrol and AWD tech

Suzuki is planning a surprise for October's Tokyo motor show in the form of Swift Sport Concept, which employs lines from the next-generation model and adds a strong dose of the rally-inspired aggression.

Boasting a body more than 1.8 metres wide and a generous sprinkling of edgy aero parts, the concept will be powered by the new 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with 'Booster Jet' turbo technology that was first revealed at this year’s Shanghai show.

But that’s just one part of this concept’s powertrain. According to Japan’s scoop bible, Holiday Auto magazine, the powerplant will be further boosted by a hybrid unit featuring the company’s ‘S-Energy’ system, which employs large-capacity lithium-ion batteries to boost power and allow for zero-emissions electric-only cruising.

The Swift concept will also get a revised version of the Twin Clutch System (TCS) currently seen in the UK-spec SX-4 S-Cross 4WD.

Japan’s biggest mini-car maker calls its AWD system 'All Grip' and we are told it will be improved via a special ‘sports mode’ setting which activates 4WD in a straight line then reverts to front-drive when entering a turn, before switching back to 4WD as you get back on the gas.

While the all-new Swift is expected to debut at the Geneva show next March, this sports concept will preview it as the highlight of Suzuki’s stand in Tokyo this year.

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Old 08-23-2015, 01:55 PM   #2
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I wish we would have gotten these here.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:13 PM   #3
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It goes FWD for corners?
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Old 08-24-2015, 12:56 AM   #4
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Yeah, seems backwards.

I do like the looks of the old one, on the outside at least.
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Old 08-24-2015, 01:24 AM   #5
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I've always understood that fwd has better turn in, it's the exit that's a problem. So maybe they're on to something.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:37 AM   #6
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Default Suzuki to further evolve Swift Sport

Suzuki’s new turbocharged Swift Sport is already the brand’s most potent and technologically advanced hot hatch yet, but it will continue to improve.

Speaking to motoring.com.au at the Australian launch of the new Swift Sport yesterday, Suzuki Australia general manager of automobiles Michael Pachota said a sportier differential and sport-mode stability control are under consideration.

“Suzuki is progressing year-on-year in terms of development of its handling and performance-style features,” Pachota said when asked about the potential for torque vectoring or a limited-slip diff.

“I believe there would be room for further development and growth in that area down the track, but at this stage there has been no commitment from Suzuki Japan as to those additions to the car in the near future.”

Pachota was more positive about the much-improved driver assistance programs in the new Swift Sport, which now include as standard adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking.

Absent, however, and available in many of the Swift Sport’s competitors, is the availability of a sport mode for the stability control, which currently operates in only fully on or fully off modes.

“Such technology wasn’t available for the Australian market when we were placing orders on the vehicle,” he explained.

“Based on the advancements that we’ve seen so far, the development of our brand and what we have to offer, I can’t see things like that in the future not being available.”

Priced from $25,490, the new Swift Sport is powered by a 103kW/230Nm direct-injected and turbocharged BOOSTERJET 1.4-litre petrol four, offering gains of 3kW/70Nm over its predecessor.

Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available, the latter replacing the outgoing Sport’s continuously variable unit.

The larger Swift Sport rides on Suzuki’s more-rigid HEARTECH platform – which it shares with the new Baleno – and is suspended by strut front and torsion beam rear suspension.

Standard equipment includes flow-formed 17-inch alloy wheels, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay-equipped 7.0-inch touch-screen infotainment, automatic LED headlights, fabric seat trim and a D-shaped leather-bound steering wheel.

Safety items extends to six airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, autonomous emergency braking, daytime running lights, high-beam assist, lane departure and weaving alert, tyre pressure monitoring, four-wheel disc brakes and traction/stability control.

The 2018 Swift Sport was yesterday awarded a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:27 AM   #7
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Cliff notes & conversions for my fellow Americas - Turbo 1.4l that makes 138hp/162tq at the flywheel in a 2,100lb+/- car with a 6mt or T.C. automatic. Drops to FWD in the corners, back to AWD on the straights. no torque vectoring, no LSDs. roughly a 15lb:1hp, estimated 0-60 6.2sec (assuming the AWD system is up to it), likely closer to 7sec on street tires though.
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