The Suzuki Swift Sport is the very definition of a hot hatch, with the previous generation of the car winning accolades for its serious street performance, bargain pricing and cute styling.
Now the second generation model is about to start tearing up the sales chart, but sadly, a U.S. launch for the car remains uncertain.
This new model has a more aggressive look thanks to a low-slung form that gives a sense of stability and tension, as well as a big frontgrille and sporty haunches. Aerodynamic parts exclusive to the new Swift Sport control the airflow, suppress lift and give the car a lower visual center of gravity.
The cabin combines barebones sportiness with a high-quality look and feel. Unique elements include sporty bucket seats and a five-dial instrument cluster.
Power once again comes from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, with drive going to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Peak output is rated at 134 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque.
Making sure the thing handles well is a unique suspension setup tested at the Nurburgring and containing struts with internal rebound springs. The new Swift Sport also features a total of seven airbags, electronic stability control, and 17-inch alloys.