The Maruti Suzuki Swift, which is the top-selling car in the Indian market is a global car. In many foreign markets, the hatchback gets a more powerful Sport variant, which was initially also expected to be launched in the Indian market. This Suzuki Swift is from Germany and is being driven on the world-famous AutoBahn. It is a major highway in Germany, which has no speed restrictions.
The Swift Sport can be seen with Global Positioning System (GPS) device, which gives a much more accurate speed reading and eliminates the speedometer error, which is common in all the modern cars. The car is being driven enthusiastically and according to the GPS time, it does 0-100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds, which is pretty quick. The acceleration is pretty strong till the 160 km/h mark after which it slows down a bit till 200 km/h. However, after crossing the 200 km/h mark, the Swift Sport can be seen struggling to accelerate. The vehicle reaches the 215 km/h and remains there for around 10 seconds. The driver repeats his high-speed runs but the Swift Sport fails to go past the 215 km/h.
The Swift Sport is not electronically or mechanically limited and any speed above 200 km/h on the speedometer for the Swift Sport is extremely high for such a budget hatchback. The Swift Sport is powered by a 1.4-litre petrol turbocharged engine that develops a maximum power of 140 PS and 230 Nm of peak torque. However, it is the low weight of the hatchback that gives it an advantage over the others. The Swift Sport is built on the HEARTECT platform similar to the regular Swift which is available in India. The vehicle weighs only 970 kg, which gives it an added power-to-weight ratio advantage. Interestingly, the Swift Sport is only available with a 6-speed manual transmission, giving more control to the enthusiastic drivers.
The 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine that powers the Swift Sport is a Euro VI-compliant engine, a norm which will be standardized in the Indian market soon. Also, the European version of the Swift is quite different from the Indian version and comes with a range of safety features. The Swift Sport, for example, comes with the forward collision warning, lane departure warning, 7 airbags and much more.
The Swift Sport is something that was highly expected in the Indian market, however, due to the high price the vehicle has not been launched in the price-sensitive Indian market. If Maruti Suzuki ever decides to launch a high-performance version of the Swift in the Indian market, it would be customised to suit the Indian customers and to keep the price low.
With the slew of hot hatchback launches like the Tata Tiago JTP, we may just see such Maruti Suzuki launch their high-performance Swift in India in the coming years. There are rumours of Maruti prepping a RS variant of the Swift for the Indian market. Such a variant is expected to use the 1 liter BoosterJet turbocharged petrol engine from the Baleno RS. Considering the Swift’s light weight, even this engine could make it really quick.