Suzuki is making a nod to its sporty hatchback heritage with a new version of the Swift five-door hatchback.
The SR evokes memories of the much-lauded Swift GTi, and looks and sounds different to the standard new Swift.
It rides on larger diameter 17-inch TSW Catalunya alloy wheels shod with Bridgestone MY01 205/40 R17 low profile tyres. They replace the 185/60 R15 series tyres fitted to 15-inch diameter wheels on other Swift models.
The silver and black spoked alloys give the SR a purposeful, aggressive look.
That's enhanced by the factory-designed chin spoiler and a body-colour rear upper tailgate spoiler.
A Coby sports muffler provides a new exhaust note, but mechanically the SR is unchanged and uses the 1.5-litre, variable valve, double overhead camshaft, 75kW engine. The SR is only available with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Unique to the model is a Sony CDX, F5510x single CN stereo that is MP3 capable and has four speakers.
The SR comes standard with ABS anti-lock brakes with an electronic brake force distribution system (EBD) and brake assist function.
In place of body coloured components, the Swift SR comes with black door mirrors and door handles, accentuating the wrap around cockpit design. The all-black interior trim further emphasises the sporting intent. Dual front airbags are standard.
Suzuki is offering the SR in four colours - Kashmir Blue, Pearl White, Supreme Red and Silky Silver.
It is priced at $21,000, a $600 premium over the Swift Limited.
Even though the new Swift has not been available for the full year in New Zealand, it has swept to leadership in the growing micro/light car class.
For the January-October period, the Swift has captured 19 per cent of this category, according to official Motor Industry Association statistics.
The European-focused Swift has been a major factor in Suzuki's local sales success, with registrations rising 84 percent year-to-date to record levels.
The old 1300cc Swift GTi gaiend a strong reputation as a value-for-money hot hatch, and in saloon car racing was capable of seeing off much bigger-engined cars thanks to its outstanding power-to-weight ratio.