1993 Suzuki Cappuccino EA11
Stock Number: 4564
The Suzuki Cappuccino is the little race car that could; the definition of a go-cart on steroids. Coming in at a tick under 1,600 lbs with an almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution what's not to love? This is one of the few cars that can make a Miata look big which is an amusing feat. Coming in at a mere 130" long and 55" wide it's amazing just how much can be crammed into such a small package. This particular pocket rocket has been modified a bit more than your average Kei car which is what makes its just so much fun. The one-off Anthracite Gray paint looks absolutely fantastic. While it originally left the factory in Swift Platinum Metallic (0DE) the color change was probably done when the aero was added since the color match is pretty spot on from panel to panel. The color change was rather thorough with only the engine bay and door jambs showing any signs of the original color. Luckily due to the fact it was originally silver the hue of the original paint means you don't have a glaringly stark shade difference when you go to jump in. The aftermarket aero mates up surprisingly well, which is oftentimes a bit of an issue. Vintage Japanese wheels will forever be one of the best, which is why so many replicas are on the market these days. The Cappy is rocking a set of timeless 14" Hayashi Racing Streets that look spectacular against the Anthracite Gray.
There's no doubt about it the driver cockpit is cozy, but in turn very driver-focused. At the end of the day, these were economy cars so there weren't exactly a ton of options available. The leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel connects the pilot to the drive wheels, and the unassisted steering is incredibly direct. You only need to give the slightest steering input at speed to change direction. As a whole, the interior has been kept in excellent condition. The leather shows well for its age with no severe cracking, however, the driver's bolster does have a bit of wear from squeezing in and out over the years. Due to the height, you have to sink down over the door sill, so it's not uncommon for that spot to see a bit more wear than the rest. The stock seats offer excellent support and really hug both the driver and passenger well. The gearbox is in the perfect location and has a superb layout. The shifts are short and tight with a very precise layout. The power windows are located on the center console as well and operate as they should. While these do come with manual climate control you can't expect too much out of these little systems. Arguably the most unique piece with these is that the rear window has the ability to drop down within the body, creating a full convertible experience. You can also choose to remove the center section alone, thereby creating a targa or t-top configuration. You're certainly not going to find anything else around with so many different available options.
Under the bonnet, a turbocharged version of Suzuki F6A sits behind the rear axle. The little three-cylinder currently has just under 68K verified miles which is nothing for this little guy. Superior weight distribution and zippy power delivery make the Cappuccino a more compelling drive than almost every other competitor in the Kei class. Rated at 64hp, it feels faster due to its weight advantage over cars built today. The 657cc three-cylinder fires up easily and idles with a distinct burble thanks to a custom dual tip, center-exit exhaust. The transmission is notchy and precise as the manual slots into all five forward gears happily thanks to a new clutch we put in. The gearing is good enough for highway jaunts and not be as wrung out as some of the shorter geared kei's. They are generally more at home around the city though as they weren't built for the 70mph highways we have here stateside. Due to the sheer size of the suspension, the ride is on the stiffer side of things. Being that it is a micro sports car so it fits in line with the Cappuccino's personality. Along with the clutch we've also thrown in a fresh battery and oil change. While it may not be the obvious choice for a sports car, the mighty Cappuccino is perhaps the best value out there. As the great Colin Chapman said "adding lightness" is the key to great vehicle dynamics. Its sporty nature, quick spooling motor, and classic RWD layout make this little Suzuki an incredibly unique Japanese Classic.
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