June 18, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Legends and Legacies: Suzuki Cappuccino

Here’s another one of the big three Kei-cars that took over the world in the 90s, even to this day the Suzuki Cappuccino appeals to the senses!


Here’s another one of the big three Kei-cars that took over the world in the 90s, even to this day the Suzuki Cappuccino appeals to the senses! 

 
Kei car month continues with the C in Kei-Car ABC. C stands for Suzuki Cappuccino, the tiny sport car that Suzuki launched in 1991 to get in the trend of kei cars of the era. The brand hasn’t seem to have deviated from that trend seeing as their most popular car at the moment is the Suzuki Swift. 
 
Plans to make a sport car under the Suzuki brand started in 1987, that was when the idea of the Cappuccino came around. The first time the crowd saw the Cappuccino was at the Tokyo Motorshow and sales started in 1991. The Cappuccino though is also known for being sold from 1993 and 1996 but that is because the car was only brought to Europe to be sold in that year.
(Image Source: carview.co.jp)

The reason why the car was only brought to Europe two years after the initial introduction was because Suzuki had not intended to sell the car anywhere else but Japan. But due to popular demand the car was brought overseas as well. It’s unclear how many Cappuccinos were sold in Europe though so there is no specific number for left hand drive Cappuccinos.

The Cappuccino measures 3295mm long and 1395mm wide with a wheelbase of 2060mm. The car sits 1185mm high with a ground clearance of 135mm. The car is more conventional compared the AZ-1, the three-cylinder engine sits on the front of the car and it has a removable hard top instead of a soft top like the Honda Beat.

(image source: performancedrive.com.au)
But the powertrain is anything but conventional. The Cappuccino is the only car out of the three that has a turbocharged engine that powers the rear-wheels to 63bhp at 6500rpm and 85Nm at 4000rpm. It has a recorded top speed of 136kph and makes that century sprint in just eight-seconds. Not bad for a powertrain capacity of 657cc!
 
The original transmission the powertrain was mated to was a five-speed manual but by popular demand a three-speed automatic was added to the car for the European market. A power steering was also added in the later generation of the car along with aluminium double-wishbone suspensions.
 
It’s got a design that seems timeless, even to this day the design blends in with the modern day sports cars. While the car might have suffered the same faith as the AZ-1 and the Beat, the Cappuccino remains strong in the minds of lovers of the anime/ manga/ arcade stage game Initial D. It certainly remained strong in this Initial D player’s mind!

Jerrica Leong

(image source: car-from-uk.com)

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