Wednesday Cappuccino, Anyone?

No, not this:

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(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)


Also from Wikimedia Commons a picture of a Suzuki Cappuccino. Here is a link to a video about the car.

OK, why am I writing about the Suzuki Cappuccino? Two reasons: first, I was browsing through the second volume (M-Z) of the Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile, saw a picture of this car and thought it looked interesting. Yes, I look through automotive reference books for fun. Does that surprise anyone reading this? Second, I am trying to demonstrate that I am not just about high-performance cars. The looks of a car grab me first and I think the Cappuccino has a great look despite its diminutive stature.

If beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is to the bone then the Bugatti cars (the Veyron and Chiron) are skeletons. Even ignoring that they are produced by Volkswagen, they are hideous to me. The performance of the car does not offset the looks, in my opinion. The Cappuccino is like a pushcart compared to the Bugatti autos, but I would rather have the Suzuki.

Do you know what a Kei Car is? In Japan it is the legal category for the smallest and most limited power, highway-legal motor vehicles, including passenger cars. These vehicles provide tax and insurance breaks for their owners and are very popular in Japan. The Cappuccino, which was produced from 1991 to 1997, is a Kei Car.

This car was powered by a turbocharged 12-valve, 3-cylinder engine of 657 cc/40 cubic-inch displacement that produced 63 HP/63 LB-FT of torque. The Kei regulations set a maximum allowable HP figure, which I believe is 63 HP.

The Cappuccino had just an 81-inch wheelbase, was 130 inches long, 55 inches wide and weighed just 1,600 pounds. Any car with a wheelbase length in double-digits (in inches) is small.  Despite a search of decent length I was unable to locate total production for the Cappuccino; for its first two years (1991-92) about 28,000 were made.

Anyone else have a thing for this car or ones like it?







5 thoughts on “Wednesday Cappuccino, Anyone?

  1. Turbo charged! That is quite the statement 😜 we drove a Ford Festiva 1.6D when I was a kid…we could have removed the “D” and added the “Turbo” to it. I like it!


  2. The Cappuccino was built in that era in Japan when such cars were in vogue – Nissan’s Figaro and S-Cargo being 2 more examples. The nice styling of the Cappuccino shows (as did the Willys Aero in the ’50s) that a properly proportioned small car can at once be quite handsome and look larger than it actually is.


    1. Great point, 56packardman. Proportion and balance are almost everything in design as far as I am concerned.


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