Production of the Suzuki Swift Sport Katana is limited to just 30 units and it takes exterior influence from the Katana motorcycle
Ever since the Swift went on sale in India in 2005, it created a reputation for being the budget-friendly hatchback with nimble handling characteristics. Nearly one and a half decades on, the demeanour remains the same as Maruti Suzuki introduced the third generation Swift at the 2018 Auto Expo and it has caught on following the success of its predecessor.
The latest Swift became the fastest ever car sold in India to reach one lakh bookings and it has maintained good lead over main rival Hyundai Grand i10. While the Sport version of the Swift has long been anticipated to arrive in the domestic market, it never came into fruition but we might get the RS variant using 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine from Baleno RS in the near future.
Suzuki has the knack of introducing special edition Swifts mainly in the international markets and its latest piece of creation for the Netherlands has been brilliant. The Katana name holds iconic status within Suzuki’s motorcycle division and it was in production between 1981 and 2006. After a long break, a brand new Katana taking design inspiration from the original model – the first production motorcycle to reach 220 kmph in the world – is back for 2019.
Based on the GSX-S1000F, it has pointed fenders and a recognisable face. Suzuki wants to leverage the Katana’s popularity further and has brought in the Swift Sport Katana. The production of the special edition is limited to just 30 examples (15 in Premium Silver Metallic and 15 units in Super Black Pearl) as part of maintaining its exclusivity.
On the outside, it gets the silver grey and black colour scheme as in the new Katana and each example is numbered that can also be found in the rear window frame and embroidered in the front seat upholstery.
The metallic paint job is accompanied by black racing stripes on the bonnet that dips down till the end, black wheels and contrast touches on the front grille.
Available exclusively via Suzuki’s Dutch site, it costs €28,999 (inclusive of delivery charges) and deliveries will begin this month. The Suzuki Swift Sport Katana gets adjustable sports suspension and the decreased ride height compared to the regular Swift makes it more appealing and a suspension bridge further improves road holding.
Additionally, a special sports exhaust comes as standard and a lightweight 18-inch OZ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres can be chosen from the options list. The notable interior features are adaptive cruise control, red interior highlights, auto AC, a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sports seats with leather upholstery and a sporty flat-bottom steering wheel with red stitching.