Suzuki Swift Sport Katana
Why does forbidden fruit taste so sweet? Here's a perfect example: the Suzuki Swift Sport Katana, which joins the Jimny as one of the more fun and interesting products the brand is cooking up for other markets.
While Suzuki no longer offers cars on our shores, its bikes and powersports offerings are still available here, including the iconic Katana motorcycle. That model was a hit in the '80s and discontinued in 2006, but the motorcycle model is now back globally for 2019 with a potent 999cc inline-four.
To celebrate its return, the maker is offering a limited edition of these sweet Swift Sport hatches—for the Netherlands. Why? Because the Dutch love cars named after famous racing bikes. OK, we made that up, but the lucky 30 owners—that's all that will be built—will be able to choose from 15 in Super Black Pearl or 15 in Premium Silver Metallic. Each is emblazoned with a Katana symbol, sporty graphics, red accents, a hood stripe, and limited-edition numbering.
It also gets a strut-tower brace; a cat-back exhaust system with black chrome tips; a lower, adjustable sport suspension; and 17-inch OZ wheels that can be upgraded to 18s. Under the hood, a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder delivers 138 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The price is €28,999, or €4,000 above the regular Sport in the Netherlands.
Inside receives a "Katana" sport steering wheel with a central hash mark, black leather upholstery with red stitching, and "Katana" embroidering on the seat bolsters. Yes, we want one and wish it were available in the U.S., but it's not. At least we can once again live the Katana life on two wheels.