Suzuki Swift Sports packs a 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine that can propel it to over 200km/h
Maruti Suzuki may not appreciate performance-focused or extra-premium products in its portfolio, owing to the brand’s history of failures with similar examples. The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS, which was somewhat of a “hot hatch” in Indian standards, was recently discontinued. In other words, it won’t be getting a BS6 update like its regular avatar. Hence, Maruti Suzuki currently has a range of normal products that pack just enough to satisfy its target customer base (which is huge).
Even though it is no secret that the Indian automotive market is eagerly waiting for the Suzuki Jimny, Maruti Suzuki remains weirdly sceptical about its success. The company is apparently working on an India-focused Jimny avatar with key inputs from its customers — who may not be particularly knowledgeable about cars. Owing to this, India could get a boring five-door, FWD, K-Series Jimny with lots of chrome and zero charm of the original Jimny.
Now, an undisguised Suzuki Swift Sport has been spotted at Indira Gandhi International airport, New Delhi. While this may not suggest an impending launch, it certainly raises some interest as to why it was flown down to the country. A possible explanation is ‘homologation’ as many brands (including Maruti Suzuki) have brought down some interesting products from overseas for various testing purposes, over the years. This ranges from regular hatchbacks to even supercars.
Considering the brand’s current business focus, chances of the Suzuki Swift Sport (or more precisely, Maruti Suzuki Swift Sport) hitting the Indian market are bleak. If it were to reach our local Maruti Suzuki dealerships at some point in the near future, we would have been able to see Suzuki Sport test mules frequently. The only other possibility is introducing it as a limited CBU product.
The Suzuki Swift Sport is based on the Japanese brand’s popular HEARTECT platform but focused on dynamics and handling. At the heart of the matter is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder Boosterjet turbo petrol motor that makes 138bhp @ 5,500rpm and 230Nm @ 2,500-3,500rpm. This is mated to a 6-speed transmission that drives the front wheels.
Put together, the hot hatch can do 100km/h from a standstill in about 8 seconds. Its top speed is limited to an impressive 210km/h. Given the hatchback’s focus, Maruti Suzuki could have introduced it much earlier (as a limited model) during the Volkswagen GTi days. Even though it seems a stretch, many consider the Suzuki Swift Sport as an excellent affordable alternative to the likes of a MINI Cooper 3-door.