The car we’ve seen regarded as the genuine modern day equivalent of what the Mini Cooper once was, Suzuki’s Swift, just became considerable sportier.
It was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and it is called the 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport. Not only that, the Japanese also added the specs to the release.
Overall, it comes with a nice new face, nice new just about everything but sadly it still retains the 1.6 liter engine Suzuki has been putting in the older version.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this particular engine but with current trends being oriented towards turbocharging and exciting new technologies, it seems like the 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport could have been better.
As it is, it still develops a pretty reasonable 134 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque to play around with and since there’s a manual six speed gearbox in charge of it you’re in for quite the amount of fun.
Speaking of fun, in trying to make sure you don’t overdue it, Suzuki fitted the 2012 Swift’s transmission with a triple-cone syncromesh in the first two gears which is meant to make shifting even more fun.
Less substantial highlights of the 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport are the 17 inch wheels, the lowered suspension, the sports seats and a special instrument cluster to help you keep track of what’s in your car.