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New Suzuki Swift Sport set for Frankfurt debut

Supermini Swift is more powerful and efficient

Suzuki Swift Sport

Suzuki will be looking to repeat the success of the Suzuki Swift Sport in the UK

Suzuki has released the first image of its new Swift Sport.

Set to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine with 134bhp.

How will the Swift compare with other small cars? Read our supermini reviews to find out.

Swift Sport: more power, improved economy

The new Swift Sport’s engine is a development of the unit fitted into the current car.

However, the 134bhp power output represents an 11bhp increase over the present model’s 123bhp, delivered alongside 118lb ft of torque (pulling power). As a result, we can expect to see it accelerate slightly faster than the existing car’s 8.9-second 0-62mph time – although this is yet to be confirmed.

Despite the extra performance, Suzuki is saying the new Swift will be more economical than the one it replaces (which achieves a claimed 40.4mpg combined and 165g/km CO2 emissions). Full details will be revealed at the time of the new Swift Sport’s Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling.

Sharper handling, sporty looks

Suzuki is also promising superior cornering stability and brisker, more responsive handling from the new car.

Since the current one is hardly disappointing in this area, this could be very good news for budget performance car buyers. The only specific information we have at this stage, however, is the use of new shock absorbers with internal rebound springs – perhaps similar to those used by the Alfa Romeo MiTo – and a bespoke rear suspension design.

As befits a car of this type, the styling is more aggressive, with a low front bumper, enlarged grille, side skirts and rear roof spoiler all prominent additions. The interior is said to be both sporty and high quality.

Gear selection is via a six-speed manual ‘box. Seven airbags and standard-fit stability control take care of safety concerns.

There’s no pricing or availability information at this stage, but we anticipate an early 2012 on-sale date and a sub-£15,000 price tag.

Read the Which? Car review of the current Suzuki Swift.

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