The Suzuki Cappuccino is a notable entrant in the 'Kei' car category - a Japanese standard for ultra-compact vehicles. This small and lightweight roadster, produced from 1991 to 1997, is beloved for its unique personality and exhilarating driving experience.
The Suzuki Cappuccino is powered by a tiny 657cc, turbocharged, three-cylinder, DOHC engine, in line with the regulations for 'Kei' cars at the time of production. Despite its small size, the engine is lively and energetic, delivering around 63 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque. The car features a front mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, giving it excellent weight distribution and balance for sporty handling. A limited-slip differential was standard to help improve traction and performance.
The Cappuccino weighs a mere 725kg (1598 lbs), contributing to its sprightly performance and nimble handling. Despite its low power figures, the lightweight construction allows the Cappuccino to deliver a fun driving experience, particularly at lower speeds. The car can go from 0 to 60 mph in around 8 seconds, with a top speed of approximately 87 mph. Read more
The Cappuccino stands out for its distinctive styling, featuring a long bonnet, short rear deck, and a two-seater cabin. The car has a unique 'three-position' roof, allowing it to be a hardtop, targa, or full convertible.
Inside, the car offers a simple and functional cabin with a surprising amount of space for a 'Kei' car. Basic amenities include air conditioning, power windows, and a basic sound system. Given the vehicle's focus on driving enjoyment, features are minimal but effective.
Despite being primarily marketed in Japan, the Cappuccino was also exported in limited numbers to other markets such as the UK. Although the car was never a high-volume seller, it has gained a cult following among car enthusiasts and collectors, particularly those who appreciate its charm and unique characteristics.