Codename Kei Car.
To understand the concept behind the Suzuki Cappuccino, one first needs to understand what a Kei car is.
The Kei Car is a car class created in Japan, and exclusive to this country only.
With the increasing number in car sales and the interest in the automobile peaking around the globe, japanese manufacturers in the 90's saw this class as an opportunity to sell even more cars, and that competition for sales provided us with some of the most interesting platforms we have to this day.
Some examples would be the Mazda AZ-1, the Honda Beat, and more recently the Honda S660. Suzuki is one of the few brands that was highly dedicated to this class, producing them to this day.
Thank you Suzuki ❤️ Cars built under the Kei class rules, had affordability as a middle name.
Well, they were mostly aimed at young drivers in Japan, following the class limits religiously, to bring the best package possible, all while respecting limits, to guarantee the lowest insurance and road taxes possible, associated with the Kei Car class.
But among all great Kei cars, the Suzuki Cappuccino was one that stood out for its outstanding agility.
Weighing around 700KG, and with a 3 cylinder dual-overhead-cam (DOCH) turbo engine, producing 64HP, the small RWD two-seater may not seem like much, but it is actually something to look out for. Do not be fooled by the specs on this thing, specially on winding roads.
Sharing it's engine with the famous Suzuki Alto Works (the name might come with some nostalgia if you've played the early Gran Turismo games), it is definitely one of the few cars Suzuki has created that has sparked more interest than their fascinanting bikes.
Unfortunately, sales in Europe for this car were very scarce, taking around 18 months and over 20 tries of homolgation for EU standards (picky bunch), the car only sold little more than 1000 units betweeen '93-'95, making it a rare sight these days.
So, in the end, power-to-weight ratio is something that should not be overlooked. It can decrease braking distance and improve cornering and acceleration.
Get rid of that spare tire on your trunk, it's extra-weight 🐢