Suzuki Cappuccino

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Suzuki Cappuccino


I n the 1990s, Japanese car enthusiasts the term ABC to describe a trio of new car born out of the K-car category: A Z-1, Honda B eat and Suzuki C A long time ago we had already the first two. Now it is time to the trilogy.

Cappuccino used to be a sight in Hong Kong as here are fascinated with Japanese cars. Last I saw one parking behind a Mercedes and the scene reminded me how amazingly it was #8211; it looked just a miniature next to the Mercedes!

Like any other K-cars of its Cappuccino was bounded to 3.3 meters in and 1.4 meters in width, but what set it apart was its lowness #8211; of today’s supercars run wheels and taller than its waistline! No it weighed only 700 kg.

2-door couldn’t be more different this pair!

Apart smallness, the car earned high with its cult look and roof. The latter could be to 4 forms #8211; hardtop open roadster, T-bar and believe or not! You can detach the two roof panels to turn it to a Detach also the center bar and it a Targa. Swivel the B-pillar bar with integrated rear into the space behind the and you get a roadster.

Marvelous! Predictably, the interior was to most Asian and could be to six-footers, blame to the low roof and However, don’t think it be spartan. Far from that it offered standard air-con, windows and a CD-player.

In addition to the decent noise and insulation with the roof on, it was a companion to drive day to day.

worth praising was its engineering. It classic FR layout with the engine sitting fully the front axle and driving the wheels. 50:50 weight guaranteed agile handling. The was remarkably sophisticated. The front rode on aluminum double-wishbone, the rear employed a multi-link with aluminum upper

Aluminum was also used to its bonnet and roll bar to save and lower center of gravity.

At a when Porsche 911 still air cooling and 2 valves each the Cappuccino’s 660 cc 3-cylinder engine had 12 valves and intercooled turbo to for its lack of displacement. It produced 64 hp the upper limit for K-cars) and 63 of torque, would be happy to rev to rpm redline and even 9300 rpm cut-out! A new K6A engine from brought even more and flexiblity, while cutting by the use of aluminum block.

The 5-speed manual gearbox had a gearshift. The unassisted rack-and-pinion was incredibly sharp and direct, the driver full confidence to its chassis. The firm suspension a pretty harsh ride on roads, but on the flip side was body control. The small gripped harder than you believe. The cornering attitude neutral, with minimal and no oversteer to speak of.

Braking was thanks to ventilated discs up and solid discs at the back. car might look small, but its were absolutely premium!

Unfortunately, the ABC was born at the time Japan was suffering from a recession. Although K-cars generally benefited from the the more expensive niche were not so lucky. After the wave of orders, its fever down quickly.

Eventually, 28,000 Cappuccinos were Among them about were exported.

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