This is the new Suzuki Swift Sport, unveiled today ahead of its Frankfurt motor show world debut.
The second iteration of one of Top Gear’s favourite budget hatches gets its first full makeover since 2006, complete with a new 1.6-litre engine producing 134bhp (up from 123bhp) and 118lb ft of torque. This is many horsepowers and many torques for something with an expected weight of just over 1,000kg, all sent to the front wheels via a Swift-Sport-only six-speed manual gearbox.
Suzuki reckons the new Sport provides “excitement” via better cornering stability and more responsive handling thanks to struts with internal rebound springs, and an “exclusive rear suspension design”. This performance is also quoted as “environmentally responsible”, not something we imagine the Swift Sport was happy about complying too. It probably responded by peeing on the carpet…
The base-spec Swift – which we drove earlier this year – is a cracker. With more power this one promises some proper fireworks, much like the last one. We are officially excited.