With more power, a reworked chassis and a sportier styling package, the Suzuki Swift Sport drives and looks better than the vanilla Swift. The Swift Sport recently came under the scalpel of Kuhl Racing, a Japan-based tuner that has come up with one of the first complete aero kits for the performance-focused supermini.
At the front-end, the modified Suzuki Swift Sport gets a bolder bumper with a more prominent front splitter with winglets on the edges. The headlamps receive body-coloured 'eyebrows' for a sporty look. In the side profile, the customised Swift Sport carries more prominent skirts. The ride height is lowered for a sportier stance, and the original wheels and tires have been replaced with custom alloys that are shod with wider rubber.
The rear-end features an updated bumper with a massive rear diffuser. The faux-carbon housing for the dual tailpipes is a neat touch. The Suzuki insignias have been replaced with Kuhl Racing logos.
For now, the customizer has left the interior untouched. Moreover, other than the addition of a sports exhaust, and the lowering of the suspension, the hot-hatch doesn't get performance dial-ups.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that packs a generous 140 PS and 230 Nm. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The most potent production-spec Swift can hit 100 kmph from standstill in just 8.1 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 210 kmph.
As of now, Maruti Suzuki has no plans of bringing the Swift Sport to India as the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine, and the high GST on imports would lead to a stratospheric ex-showroom price. Last year Volkswagen India cleared stocks of the limited-run GTI with hefty discounts, while the Abarth 595 found very few takers. There's next-to-non-existent demand for expensive hatchbacks from non-luxury brands, and Maruti would not want to launch a model that has such a low chance of success.