Like most Cybertronians, Swindle is able to transform into a vehicle. In Swindle's case, he transforms into a Formula One-type drag racer, and can reach great speeds with the rocket booster on its back.
Like most Mini-Cons, Swindle is able to defend himself by firing lasers from his hands.
Swindle is able to link up, or "Powerlinx" as Cybertronians put it, with his partner Starscream by attaching to his back. He gives Starscream an extra boost to his thrusters and unlocks his Null Ray Cannons.