1993 Suzuki Cappuccino
Stock Number: 4422
The Suzuki Cappuccino is the little race car that could; a true go-cart on steroids. Coming in at a tick under 1,600 lbs with 50/50 weight distribution what's not to love? This is one of the few cars that can make a Miata look big, coming in at merely 130" long by 55" wide it's amazing how much can be crammed in such a small package. This particular pocket rocket has been modified a bit more than your average one making it a true head-turner (as if it didn't already.) The custom Seal Gray paint looks 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. The color swap was generally well done, barring the engine bay and door jambs. Luckily due to the hue of the silver hue of the original, it's not a glaringly stark difference when you go to jump in. The aftermarket aero also mates up rather cleanly, which is oftentimes a bit of an issue. Vintage Japanese wheels were some of the best, which is why so many replicas are still made today. The Cappy is rocking a set of timeless 14" Hayashi Racing Streets and really plays well of the Seal 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 they didn't come particularly option laden. The leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel connects the pilot to the drive wheels, and the unassisted steering is very direct. 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 into it, so it's not uncommon for that spot to see a bit more wear. The stock seats offer excellent support and really hug both driver and passenger well. The gearbox is in the perfect location and has superb layout. The power windows are located on the center console and operate as they should. Climate control is functioning but the A/C is currently being looked at. 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. We do have to replace the clutch as it's currently slipping. While the trans engages easily, the clutch is definitely not up to the task. 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 stiff side. 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.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.