Suzuki doesn’t have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to wild-looking, fast cars. In fact, one of their most potent models available today is the Swift Sport, which, for some, still looks very sedate. However, this special edition Swift Sport on display at the 2020 Osaka Auto Messe could be the automaker’s wildest looking model yet, ready to tear up the race track.
Called the Suzuki Swift Sport Katana Edition, the modified hot hatchback is inspired by the returning motorcycle nameplate. This isn’t the first time the Katana name has been applied to Suzuki’s hot hatchback though. A similarly named Swift Sport Katana was sold in the Netherlands in limited numbers. Unlike the European special edition however, this one on display has a longer list of modifications. Not to mention, it looks cool as well.
The most obvious change to the Katana Edition would be the exterior design. The widebody kit includes a new front bumper, side skirt, and a rear diffuser. Unlike most widebody kits available offered by aftermarket companies, the fender flares are molded onto the body rather than riveted. This gives the Swift Sport cleaner lines all around. 18-inch Enkei wheels wrapped in wide Yokohama Advan AD08R complete the changes.
Suzuki painted the Swift Sport Katana Edition with a tri-color scheme of silver, black and red. Most of the body is finished in silver. But the roof, tailgate, side mirror caps, and the lower half of the body is painted in black. Red accents all around including Katana decals give the hatchback a racing look.
We didn’t get to see under the hood to see if any changes were made in the Katana Edition. For reference, the standard Swift Sport packs a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 140 PS and 230 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Ironically if left unmodified, it would mean that the Katana motorcycle would be more powerful than the hot hatch at 150 PS.
There is no word whether this widebody Swift Sport Katana Edition will enter production just like the one sold in the Netherlands. We’re betting it is likely a one-off concept made for the motor show. Still, it would be great if Suzuki would put it into production.