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New Suzuki Swift Sport goes on sale – with prices slashed by £1.5K for four weeks

By Paul Connolly

Suzuki has sparked a potential price war by slashing up to £1.5k off the price of its Suzuki Swift Sport hot hatch.

The all-new Swift Sport will go on sale soon at an initial launch of £16,499 – a £1,500 saving – until the end of June.

The price applies to both new and existing customers; the normal price after the end of June is said to be £17,995.

The car, the third generation of the popular sporty supermini, is quicker and lighter than the outgoing model.

Standard equipment on the new model is comprehensive and includes unique sport interior trim with semi bucket seats and red accents to the dashboard and console areas, six airbags, auto air con and sat nav.

There’s also a leather steering wheel, privacy glass, DAB radio with Bluetooth and six speakers, LED daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and four electric windows.

The new Swift Sport is launched in the UK and Ireland on 1st June and has significant enhancements over the outgoing model.

Based on its very low kerb weight of 975kg and a torque figure of 230Nm, the new Swift Sport has a torque-to-weight ratio of 4.2 kg/Nm placing it at a similar level to its hot hatch competitors.

Suzuki’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged engine, seen in the Vitara and S-Cross models, now appears in the Swift Sport for the first time.

This unit has an output of 140PS and is Direct Injection turbocharged (DITC). It offers 44 per cent more torque than the previous model which is available from just 2,500rpm.

It offers the same level of power and torque of a larger capacity normally aspirated engine (2.0-litre).

In addition, the new Sport has an improved maximum torque figure of 230Nm which is available from just 2,500rpm up to 3,500rpm. The previous Sport model developed 160Nm of torque at 4,400rpm.

The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine offers other performance enhancements:  0-62mph acceleration time of 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 130mph.

An enhanced braking system is also offered, as are 17-inch polished alloy wheels of unique design to the new Sport .

They are now even lighter in their composition. During manufacture and after the wheel has been cast, the rim is compressed and stretched using high pressure rollers in a process known as ‘flow forming’.

The Swift Sport also comes with an advanced forward detection system that supports more safety technologies, including collision-mitigating Dual Sensor Brake Support (DSBS).

Suzuki says that, with DSBS, at vehicle speeds from approximately 3mph to 62mph, if the system determines a risk of collision with a forward obstacle, it issues both an audio and visual warning. If there is a high risk of collision with a forward obstacle and the driver panic brakes, the system deploys brake assist, increasing braking force.

Lane departure warning  / lane departure prevention function is also offered.  When the vehicle is travelling at vehicle speeds of approximately 37mph and up to 100mph (where permitted) and is departing the lane without the driver using a turn signal, the system vibrates the steering wheel and lights a warning indicator in the instrument cluster to draw attention to lane departures caused by factors such as inattention to the road.

As an additional feature on the new Swift Sport model the driver will also notice an automatic input from the steering wheel at this time to ensure the car remains in its correct direction of travel.

The new Swift Sport goes on sale on 1 June, available in one solid and five metallic colours at no extra cost. Expect further details closer to launch date.

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