New low line models and energy saving lighting at the top of the list of improvements to the Swift Kon-Tiki and Bessacarr E700

The Swift Group’s class-leading Bessacarr E700 and Swift Kon-Tiki ranges now come with a fuel saving low line GRP roof with ‘Skyview’ window. In addition there is a new TAG axle model and an uplift in specification for the new season.

Four layouts are available as high-lines and five as low-lines. The new aerodynamic low line design provides additional storage with generous automotive style overcab lockers in place of the luton and features a large panoramic, opening ‘Skyview’ view window above both the cab and lounge area which follows the lines of low profile GRP roof. High line models still enjoy a spacious overcab Luton area housing a large, gas-strut assisted, pull-down double bed.

The new TAG axle Kon-tiki 649 and Bessacarr E799 feature a rear ‘U’ shaped lounge, side kitchen and washroom and a large double dinette with parallel seat opposite at the front. This brings both ranges to 3 TAG axles and 2 single axle layouts.

Heading the changes inside is new energy efficient lighting. Most of the lighting system is high output, soft white LEDs which gives a 70% reduction in total lighting power consumption. This prolongs battery life and makes it realistic to power the system from a solar panel, which is now catered for with the addition of new roof preparation and wiring for solar panel installation. Models also now come with two 110Ah auxiliary batteries giving even greater independence away from a mains power source.

The driving experience is further improved with the addition of cruise control, which comes as standard on all engines including the version with optional Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox. A portable Satnav unit with detailed Western Europe cover and full postcode entry has been fitted along with a new 10” fold down LCD TV with integral Freeview, and DVD player linked to the speaker system. A colour reversing camera with infra-red night vision and sound aids manoeuvring.

Safety is boosted with a passenger’s airbag in addition to the driver’s one and a new entrance door has been fitted with secure 3 point locking, hidden hinges, double seal system and step well light.

A tracking system is now essential for this class of motorhome so Swift Group have fitted as standard the new HAL “Locate” GPS system which is the first to comply with Thatcham’s new standard for leisure vehicles and operates Europe-wide.

The unique system is monitored in co-operation with police forces in 40 European countries and is the only GPS system in the leisure market, using GSM technology that can pin point the product to within feet and show the location on Google Earth.

The clever device has two settings, setting one which alerts the owner when the vehicle has been moved up to 50 metres and setting two when the vehicle has been moved 50 metres or more. The vehicle’s owner, or up to four other nominated mobile numbers, receive alerts by text message when the product is being moved. Text alerts are also sent when the battery is flat and the four day back-up system has been activated, giving the owner time to recharge the battery and maintaining continuous protection.

The owner is consulted prior to recovery to agree a course of action.

In order to use the system, the owner must take out an annual 02 GSM contract with either the supplying dealer or online.

The underfloor storage trays provided by the Fiat/AL-KO low-line chassis with 190mm (7 1/2”) double floor now have lighting in and the fresh and waste water tanks have been fitted with tank heaters for full winter protection.

Models now have eight 230v mains sockets to meet modern demands and a new 12V control panel with user-friendly controls for the vehicle/leisure battery selection, water pump and lighting circuits and the tank heaters. Most models have a new large 175 litre fridge freezer with automatic energy selection

Kon-Tiki models are set apart with metallic silver side walls, whilst E700 models have the luxury of classic styled hardwood framed doors. Both ranges are available with a leather upholstery option.

Interiors remain sophisticated with pleated blinds throughout the cab and accommodation, built-in microwave oven, ‘Ultra Comfort’ domestic standard fixed bed mattress, new seat tops with gas struts for easy access and the dual fuel Truma ‘Combi’ central heating system ensures effective heating both en-route and on site.

All models can be enhanced with a homologated towbar and electrics, a Dometic B2200 roof mounted air conditioner, Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox and a 160 MJ Power engine (160 MJ Power engine is standard on TAG axle models).

Nick Page, Commercial Director for Swift Group commented ‘Having listened to customer’s comments and carried out research into owners needs, the Swift Group has designed a package of improvements into the new E700 and Kon-tiki ranges to give people more of what they want in our top of the range motorhomes.’

Model range

Layout Swift Bessacarr
Single axle, fixed rear bed, front parallel seating Kon-Tiki 665P# E765P#
Single axle, fixed rear bed, front dinette Kon-Tiki 665S* E765S*
TAG axle, rear island bed Kon-Tiki 669* E769*
TAG axle, fixed raised rear bed with “garage” Kon-Tiki 679* E789*
TAG axle, rear ‘U’ shaped seating Kon-Tiki 649* E799*

#Available with low line roof profile only
*Available with low line or high line roof profile

Key Features of the Swift Kon-Tiki and Bessacarr E700 ranges:

  • Fiat/Al-Ko low-line chassis with 190mm (71/2") high underfloor storage
  • NEW Low-line overcab version with “Skyview” panoramic opening roof-window
  • Choice of Fiat 130 MJ (665 models only) or 160 MJ Power
  • diesel engines
  • Optional 160 MJ diesel engine with Comfort-Matic automatic gearbox
  • Cab air conditioning
  • NEW Cruise Control
  • Driver and NEW passenger airbag
  • Full-length recessed awning
  • Dual fuel Truma ‘Combi’ boiler with en-route operation
  • NEW 10" fold-down LCD TV with integral Freeview and DVD Player, linked to speaker system
  • NEW portable Satnav with detailed Western Europe cover and full postcode entry
  • Colour reversing camera with infra-red night vision and sound
  • Radio/CD/MP3 player with iPod/MP3 connection
  • NEW Mainly LED task lighting, saving 70% of full lighting power
  • NEW Lighting in underfloor storage trays
  • NEW Two 110 Ah auxiliary batteries
  • NEW 175 litre automatic energy selection fridge/freezer [112 litre in 649]
  • Roof rack and ladder
  • NEW Entrance door with secure 3-point locking, hidden hinges, double seal system, and stepwell light
  • Remote central locking of cab doors and entrance door
  • Concertina action door flyscreen
  • Spare wheel and tyre
  • NEW Roof and wiring prepared for solar panel installation
  • NEW Hal “Locate” GPS Europe-wide tracking system with Thatcham approval
  • NEW Seat tops with gas struts for easy access
  • NEW Fresh and waste water tank heaters for winter use


Swift Kon-Tiki Chassis / Engine Basic Price VAT Ex.Works On the Road
665P 4.25 tonne / 130 MJ £46,148.94 £8,076.06 £54,225.00 £55,475.00
665S 4.25 tonne / 130 MJ £46,446.81 £8,128.19 £54,575.00 £55,825.00
669 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00
679 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00
649 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00

Bessacarr E700 Chassis / Engine Basic Price VAT Ex.Works On the Road
E765P 4.25 tonne / 130 MJ £46,148.94 £8,076.06 £54,225.00 £55,475.00
E765S 4.25 tonne / 130 MJ £46,446.81 £8,128.19 £54,575.00 £55,825.00
E769 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00
E789 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00
E799 5.0 tonne / 160 MJ £53,527.66 £9,367.34 £62,895.00 £64,145.00

On the road (OTR) price includes a recommended cost of £1,250.00 to cover delivery to dealer in Great Britain, number plates (inc. VAT), 12 months road fund licence and first registration fee. Prices are effective from 1st September 2008. This price list supersedes all previous price lists. The Swift Group Ltd (Swift) reserves the right to alter specifications and prices at any time as materials and conditions demand. Distibutors and dealers sell Swift products on their own account and not as agents of Swift. Accordingly, they have no authority to bind Swift to make any representation or undertaking whatsoever on behalf of Swift.

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