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 front grille 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.
You can also read up about the standard Suzuki Swift by clicking here.
Otherwise, stay tuned to our dedicated 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show page for all the latest that the show has to offer.