Zululand Observer - Weekender
Suzuki Vitara gets turbo-charged engine
UP till now, Suzuki didn’t offer any cars with turbo-charged engines in SA, but that has changed.
The Japanese maker’s SA arm recently launched two new Vitara models, both running the brand’s 1.4-litre Boosterjet unit.
In the Vitara, the turbocharged 1.4 Boosterjet delivers 103kW and 220Nm to the front wheels and can be had with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed self-shifter, depending on the derivative.
Suzuki SA, at the same time, launched the Swift Sport, which also has the 1.4-litre Boosterjet under the bonnet, however in the Swift Sport the turbo-charged mini has been tuned to deliver more torque (230Nm).
The semi-hot Swift Sport is available in six-speed manual or six-speed auto guise and boasts a number of under-body upgrades to make it stable at speed.
Unveiled as long ago as September 2017, the Swift Sport features a lower, wider stance, along with a torqueto-weight ratio that Suzuki says propels it ‘into genuine hot hatch territory’.