Suzuki Swift Sport Review By Lester Wong, Founder Of Garage R

22 Dec

Lester Wong is the founder of Garage R in 1994 and have since participated in several races in different parts of the ASEAN region and have clocked absurd hot lap timings that have yet to be defeated yet. He was also nicknamed the “Rain Master” as he was undefeated back in his active days as a Racer when it was it was raining or when the roads were wet. Till today, Lester Wong remains partly involved in the motorsports scene as he has since moved to other commitments. He was cordially invited to do a review of the Brand New Suzuki Swift Sports ZC33S and we are all excited and lucky to have him back.

LESTER WONG REVIEW SUMMARY ON THE SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT ZC33S

Lester narrowed down this review into to sub-parts namely Suspension (Handling) and Power (Acceleration). From his experience, he gave pointers to the technical aspects of the car. The review took place at Lower Pierce Reservoir, which was Lester’s ideal place to take any car for a spin to test the car.

SUSPENSION

Lester:

When approaching and tackling bends, you can really test the grip and handling of a car, and for the Swift Sport, you can feel each wheel planted very strongly to the road surface. It is highly predictable with these factory tyres that we are on. Also, there is some noticeable under-steer at the limit. It is normal as this car is also a front wheel drive. All you need to do is to back off the throttle a little to get back on to the track. There are speed-bumps along this path as well, and the suspension absorbs it very nicely. Whenever you have a lighter chassis with a shorter wheel base, you tend to compromise the ride and handling of the car, but somehow the Suzuki engineers managed to pull it off with an excellent suspension geometry, spring and absorber damping rates. They have really put in alot of effort in the suspension department to produce this sort of linear damping. I also know that these shock absorbers are manufactured by Monroe, which explains alot of the handling power.

Overall, the car picks up all the paths very nicely. It has the firmness that the suspension offers but yet it is not to the extent of it being too harsh. The body roll itself is also minimal and the fact that this car is right out of the box from the factory in Japan is really amazing because the handling in itself is amazing. Can i also say one more thing? This car is spacious enough as well and I personally think that it is a good car for a family like mine. Suzuki has really outdone themselves.

POWER

Lester:

I know that i read off the net that this car was light, but i did not expect this kind of power or torque to weight ratio. I mean, the lightness of the vehicle weight can be felt right off the line. Well i guess that is the main focal point for these performance-oriented cars… for power to weight ratio to match. It is great, and there is virtually no turbo lag despite the small engine displacement. This can be attributed to modern turbo charger designs with integrated exhaust manifolds. It’s brilliant man. The chassis as well, can definitely handle more power. It feels rigid and this really minds me of the good old days racing.

The Engine has a soft rev limiter programmed into it, which is gentle to the engine’s crankshaft. Good news to the weekend track heroes. It will be ideal if they raise their factory rev limit by another 500rpm though… This engine is also equipped with a manual turbo actuator. That means you can fit a boost controller and crank up another 20-30 hp easily. I think HKS has already gotten these figured out as well. Definitely a must for the car. Also, the fuel mixture tends to be richer from the factory so it is still safe. The in-gear acceleration is even better than expected. Fantastic. I do not believe this car does only 8 seconds. From what i have just felt driving, it seems much faster. Also, I realized that the boost kicks in at 2.5k rpm which is fine. I think this car has alot of potential and i think current owners will lavish in the brilliant set up that the Suzuki Swift Sport brings to the table. This was really enjoyable, although now… my hand is a little tired from all the shifting (haha).

Suzuki Swift Sport – HKS TRB04

17 Nov

The HKS TRB (Tsukuba Record Breaker) series has seen it’s evolution and progress from the TRB01, the Altezza to the TRB02, the Evolution 8 and the TRB03, the Toyota 86. All these cars were built for one reason, to conquer the Tsukuba Circuit.

While the Suzuki Swift Sport series might not be the fastest cars that were ever built, they definitely position themselves as one of the most fun cars to ever set foot in the Motorsports scene. HKS had announced that they will be featuring the Suzuki Swift Sport as one of the TRBs quite some time back, and it took a while, but they are finally in the testing stages to ready the car for its’ big day!

During the testing phase, the HKS TRB04 donned the infamous full carbon wide body kit. To many, this was already a deal breaker to fall in love all over again with the Swift Sports. It transformed this pocket rocket into a gnarly, aggressive monster that defines what the TRBs are really all about. The best part? Everything has been powered by HKS, namely the Engine, Suspension, Exhaust, Intake, Cooling, Turbo and more!

Of course, everyone is interested to know how fast the HKS TRB04 really is, and what kind of timings this beast will achieve on the actual day itself. Other Japanese and European aftermarket manufacturers have already begun their race to research and develop modifications for this car. Back at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018, this car already became the flagship model to be advertised at every booth (almost). The whole hype catalyzed a chain reaction and now, we can only imagine how many more parts and customization will be available in 2019!

Despite a lot of other tuning companies jumping on the bandwagon, HKS is still one of the biggest players in the global market and everyone has extremely high expectations for HKS to perform. Furthermore, the Motorsports scene is all about catching up to the latest models available and creating a lineup of products that are quickly available and accessible for the market. HKS has done well to ride the Swift Sport wave and they have paved their way to create one of the biggest, or if not, the BIGGEST and HOTTEST eyecandy there ever was for the Suzuki Swift Sport!!

Stay tuned for more action and news!

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All Eyes On The Suzuki Swift Sport

23 Oct
All around the world, the Suzuki Swift Sport has become a global icon from the Suzuki manufacturers. From the infamous ZC31S that introduced another level of Fun & Spirited Driving back 10 years ago, to the ZC32S that kept pushing boundaries for track and lap timings… the baton has been successfully passed on to the all new ZC33S to continue the legacy.
 
At Garage R, we are proud that we are the FIRST and ONLY ones in Singapore to put the latest Brand New Suzuki Swift Sport (ZC33S) on the road! We are intending to spearhead many exciting things for this model because this car has become the highlight for many autoshows around the world, and has quickly become the best seller in Japan and Australia.
 
We are also the Official & Exclusive Distributors of HKS, the world’s LARGEST aftermarket distributor, having spanned across 5 continents with multiple dealers all over the world. We are proud to say that this partnership with HKS has allowed us to package such cars with aftermarket parts, giving customers the ability to customize their cars with us without getting their warranty voided.
 
Who said you can’t get the best of both worlds? A fun-filled brand new car that boasts a 1.4 turbo boosterjet engine (140bhp) that weighs less than a ton, combined with a comprehensive list of HKS parts to become THE POCKET ROCKET THAT IT SHOULD BE. Also, we went to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 and we were surprised to see Monster, Cusco, Greenline and other big Motorsports names with their very own Swift Sport Project car. HKS Japan has announced that there will be whopping 400 horsepower Swift Sport that will released very soon as well.
 
For the current owners of the Suzuki Swift Sport, congratulations on your purchase and we can guarantee that this journey with your car will be an exhilarating ride. For future owners, we welcome you to drop us an email at info@hks-garager.com.sg to express your interest. For fellow workshops/ car dealers/ third party vendors who are looking to do something exciting with us, feel free to drop us an email as well. With that, let us begin our Suzuki Swift Sport story.