Fans of the simple-but-fun Suzuki Swift Sport will be pleased to know that the next-generation model is set to shave the pounds in pursuit of even greater driving pleasure, if a report by Car Throttle is to be believed.

The current SSS is no porker, tipping the scales at 1,070 kg with the honest-to-god six-speed manual transmission – but a Suzuki insider speaking to the publication pegged the figure for the new car at just 870 kg. That’s within the 840 kg to 970 kg ballpark that the company gave for the standard version of the latest Swift, and would represent a weight saving of a whopping 200 kg!

Allied to the lighter, stiffer Heartect body is a new turbocharged engine – a 138 hp/220 Nm 1.4 litre BoosterJet four-pot from the Vitara S that replaces the much-loved naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre M16A mill. That would put the power-to-weight ratio at 159 hp per tonne, which eclipses even the 197 hp Toyota 86‘s 158 hp per tonne.

Expect the next Swift Sport to come with the same six-speed manual gearbox and CVT options as before, along with a more aggressive style that includes a large front grille flanked by gaping air vents, a rear diffuser with twin exhaust exits and racy red interior trim. The exterior and interior designs were leaked from a dealer conference in France more than a year ago.

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