As the ‘1600’ badging suggests, Suzuki’s three-pot has fallen by the wayside, replaced by the much peppier four-cylinder Ford Sigma engine shared with the entry-level 270 model.
In this application it’s fitted with 40DCOE throttle-body injectors for added bark – and bite because, at 135bhp, it’s the most powerful ‘Super’ Seven yet.
That might not sound a lot but in a car this light (just 565kg), and with your backside only inches from the ground, it feels like more – particularly from a standing start.
The little Seven will hit 60mph in just 5 secs, quick enough to match cars with three times the power, but once you reach motorway speeds the Sigma begins to lose its edge and, while there’s enough in reserve for safe overtaking and getting you out of trouble, it doesn’t feel half as lively.
Take the car back to its element, on twisting B-roads, and it has the ability to embarrass pretty much anything that tries to keep it in sight.
The steering is incredibly direct, the balance perfect. Here, the torquey Ford ‘four’ and slick Mazda-sourced five-speed ’box really come into their own, allowing you to exploit the performance without too much fear of losing your licence.
Despite not being a limited edition, the Super Seven could still prove to be a rarity when you consider that a standard 270 can be had for a whopping £6000 less.