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Suzuki Cappuccino

Suzuki Cappuccino

Suzuki Cappuccino

Suzuki Cappuccino interior

Year (of specifications) 1992 - 1997
Engine(s) 658 cc 3 cylinder turbocharged
Transmission 5 speed manual RWD
Max speed 110 mph (de-restricted)
0-60 around 9 seconds
Horsepower 64 hp @ 6,500 rpm
weight 700 kg / 1545 lbs

The Suzuki Cappuccino is a tiny 2-seat sports car designed with the eccentric Japanese market in mind.

Measuring just 330 cm (130 inches) long and 140 cm (55 inches) wide the Cappuccino was designed to meet Japanese city car (Kei car) rules.

Powering the Suzuki Cappuccino is a 64 horsepower, 658 cc (0.65 litre), 3-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

With the speed limiter removed the Cappuccino is capable of reaching 110 mph, and hitting 60 mph in 9 seconds. Not spectacular performance, but still respectable for such a small engine.

The Suzuki Cappuccino was built from 1992 to 1997. In total 28, 010 examples were built. The primary market was Japan, but the UK found homes for over 1,100 officially imported cars. In other European markets the Cappuccino sold in very limited numbers.

During its lifespan the Suzuki Cappuccino underwent a few changes. At first the 0.65 litre engine was equipped with belt driven camshafts. Later models were fitted with a lighter engine with chain driven camshafts. The newer engines also developed more torque.

The European cars were only officially imported from 1993 to 1995. In 1995, tougher European emissions standards meant that the Cappuccino would have required further modifications to comply. Suzuki decided it was not worth the effort.

Although the Suzuki Cappuccino is probably not everyone's cup of tea (please excuse the pun). For those looking far a small, affordable and frugal sports car the Cappuccino might be worth having a look at.

An enthusiastic following of owners helps to make ownership and maintenance of the Cappuccino a more simple and enjoyable experience.

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