Sporty by na­ture in turbo

Albany Extra - - MOTORING -

ac­cel­er­a­tion. While the tur­bocharger does give plenty of grunt from about 2000rpm up there’s a feel­ing of ea­ger­ness from the en­gine that makes get­ting up to the higher rev ranges even more fun.

The au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in our test car (pity!) was gen­er­ally in the right gear at the right time. In­deed, it’s sad to re­alise that au­tos are get­ting so good these days they are of­ten quicker than man­u­als.

The front sus­pen­sion was de­signed specif­i­cally for the Swift Sport Turbo, with Mon­roe-branded Ten­neco struts and dif­fer­ent bump stop­pers to other Swift mod­els. It also has a re­cal­i­brated sta­biliser bar.

The trail­ing arms are de­signed for the Swift Sport Turbo, as was a tor­sion bar that pro­vides greater stiff­ness.

In­ter­est­ingly, the sus­pen­sion has Te­flon seats on the sta­biliser mounts.

The wheel hub and wheel bear­ings are en­gi­neered specif­i­cally for the Swift Sport Turbo. The rear shock ab­sorbers also are Ten­neco­made Mon­roe units.

The Suzuki Swift Sport is a de­light­ful small car. Be­cause it’s light and nim­ble it seems to cry out to be driven in a sport­ing man­ner.

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