Maruti Suzuki launched the latest Swift in India earlier this year and has since been a great success. Now Maruti Suzuki is planning to introduce the Swift RS variant. This variant will come with a faster engine and minor cosmetic tweaks.
Suzuki already has a similar variant in the International markets, known as the Swift Sport. This model has a 1.4-liter booster jet engine which pumps out 140bhp power and 230Nm torque. But Maruti Suzuki refrained from bringing this to the India Markets citing high cost.
The Indian Swift RS version, however, will follow the suit of the much popular Baleno RS. This means the car will come with a 1.0-liter booster jet engine instead. This engine will have similar performance as the Baleno RS. This means it will produce around 100bhp power and 130Nm torque. This is still much better than the base Swift’s measly 82bhp and 113Nm torque. Also, the Swift RS will sport a 6-speed manual transmission.
Just like the Baleno RS, the Swift RS will also include some cosmetic changes to set it apart from the other models. This includes RS badging, sportier bumpers, side skirts and sportier alloys. The regular Swift currently costs INR 7.3 lakh (ex-showroom). This means the RS variant can be expected to cost slightly over INR 8 lakh (ex-showroom).
The price and performance put it in direct competition with the Tata Tiago JTP. In comparison, the Tiago JTP runs on a 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine producing 114bhp power and 150Nm of torque. Also, the Tata Tiago JTP costs approximately INR 1.5 lakh less than the expected price of the Swift RS. It will be interesting to compare both cars once the Swift RS is officially announced.
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