Retro Car Review: 1989-1994 Suzuki Swift GTi/GT: A little rocket for the…

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Had it not already in the vernacular, the term pocket would have had to have invented for the Suzuki Swift It was as tight a package as one could around 1299cc worth of and front wheel drive and a of occasional seats out back. enough, at 1,768 lbs, to fit in pocket, but with an even 100 bhp on enough to make it, well, a little rocket.

The Suzuki entered the American market for the model year. Prior to Suzuki-built automobiles had been as the Chevy Sprint, while the Samurai mini sport-utility had a cult classic. Suzuki to expand its single product by moving upscale with the Sidekick SUV and adding cars. Chevrolet had tied up Suzuki’s of 60,000 units under the Restraint Agreement then in with the Sprint.

But Chevy wanted a piece of the truck market. So Chevrolet and reached an agreement where got old the Sidekick as the Geo Tracker and the Swift as the Geo

The Metro would be sold a 55-hp, three-cylinder engine, but the new would get a four, and in the case of the Swift GTi, a twin-cam, head version with the triple-digit power rating. Pop the and the engine looked like only the erstwhile motorcycle could build, with red wires aligned on the black cam emblazoned with Suzuki and Twin Cam 16. On the intake plenum was EPE Petrol Injection.

EPA estimated fuel economy at mpg city/highway.

Already with glass and aero headlamps, the GTi added a special front cap integrated fog lamps, side rear roof-top spoiler, and a lower rear valence Colors were limited to red, black and white.


Inside, the GTi had well-bolstered buckets in front and a cramped in back. White on black had a tach redlined at 6800 A sport steering wheel and a shifter that looked obscene completed the interior.

Well equipped, the GTi package a rear window defroster, wiper-washer, AM/FM stereo power mirrors, tinted and more not usually found on an

The suspension was fully independent, struts in front and struts semi-trailing and lateral links out with disc brakes at all wheels. All-season P175/60R-14 Potenza RE92s on steel were standard, though cast alloy wheels a $572 option. The whole had a base price of $8,995.

Air was a $830 option.

Suzuki FB 80

The Swift GTi not looked the part of the pocket it could act it as well. Most recorded 0 to 60 mph times in the eight range, with the quarter-mile off in the 16s. The tires weren’t the radical of Bridgestone’s line, but the Swift GTi was capable of .80 g on the skidpad and was so in the slalom that testers their instruments.

Despite a 59/41 percent distribution, wrote one critic, it a neutral character in most The unassisted steering was heavy and the ratio a bit slow, but the car’s could be controlled equally steering and throttle input, another.

It was, as they a MIni Cooper for the ’90s, an emphasis. on sportiness and light refinement takes a back to performance. Indeed, the engine was when revved and the doors with a tinny clang. one, A bit too crude to compete such stars as the Acura or the Volkswagen GTI.

Named too much like the said Volkswagen. So for its second it was simply the Swift GT. Except for the mid-run facelift, the GT continued through the ’94 model

Although the Suzuki Swift was popular with the gonzo of the automotive press, the mass was more interested in less wheels, and those who wanted to go were prepared to pay more. the Swift lineup was updated for the Suzuki Swift GT was gone.

Call it the pocket veto.

1989 Suzuki Swift Photo by John Matras.

Suzuki FB 80


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