There are elements of Audi R8 in the lower nose of the new 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport, particularly in the spotlight cluster design and venting. To some, the new front end may seem familiar and that's because it's almost identical to the one seen on the Suzuki Swift S-Concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The headlights also show off the new pouncing design, spreading further back into the bonnet, much like the S-Concept's layout. This production version has lost some of the extra tinsel of the Concept though, such as the large, more dramatic roof-mounted rear wing and the chunkier bodykit with silver vents and highlights.
(Suzuki Swift S-Concept)
Suzuki says the revisions to the new model are more than mere cosmetics though. The company says the new Swift Sport will offer "superior cornering stability and brisker, more responsive handling" compared with the outgoing model thanks to the addition of rebound springs placed in the struts, and a redesigned rear suspension layout.
Power for the 2012 Swift has also been bumped up from the current 92kW on offer with the help of a new M16A 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. The new unit produces 100kW of power and 160Nm of torque, all connected up to a slick new six-speed manual transmission.
The new Suzuki Swift Sport is scheduled to go on sale in Australia early in 2012.