Suzuki Swift RS 1

It turns out that the Suzuki Swift RS that was spied on a transporter last week isn’t a hotter Swift Sport but a 1.4 model that’s simply been given a dress-up job. Suzuki Malaysia launched the Swift RS earlier today, and the variant takes a 1.4 GLX spec level model and adds on a number of items to tart it up.

The RS suffix may sound like it’s a fire-breathing beast, but it’s not, despite the “Now it is all show and all go!” tagline touted in the brochure. The initials don’t stand for Racing Sport or Rallye Sport but rather ‘Reinvent Style’, so perish the thought of taking on the likes of a Renault Clio RS 200 EDC in this one.

It’s available in only a single exterior shade, this being Superior White, and exterior kit includes LED daytime running lights, while the 16-inch alloys have been given a gun metallic finish.

There’s also a full body kit made up of front and rear diffusers, side skirts and a spoiler, and there’s also what is called a ‘gradient roof-top’, which is a black-into-red roof decal. Side decals complete the exterior rework.

Inside, the Swift RS features ‘rally-inspired’ sporty leather seat covers and door trim, dressed in black with red accents and with the ‘Swift’ name stitched on the front seat. There’s also a two-DIN Kenwood audio system with touchscreen display, Bluetooth, GPS navigation and reverse camera.

Otherwise, it’s all standard fare from the 1.4 GLX – on the equipment list are front fog lamps, a leather-covered steering wheel with tilt/telescopic adjustment, auto air-conditioning, push-start ignition, rear disc brakes with ABS, EBD and brake assist as well as two airbags.

No mechanical changes means the K14B mill continues on with its 95 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm at 4,000 rpm output, and the familiar Jatco-derived four-speed automatic transmission trundles on as well.

The CKD Swift RS is priced at RM79,388, on-the-road without insurance, which is a RM5,600 premium over the next model in line, the RM73,788 Swift GLX, though it’s still a distance away price-wise from the Swift Sport, which goes for RM97,888 in its manual guise and RM102,888 in CVT form.

The car comes with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty, though the RS roof decal only gets a two-year warranty. Suzuki Malaysia is targeting to sell 500 units of the RS annually.