Classic & Sportscar - March 2000

What the Press say about the Cappuccino

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Classic & Sportscar - March 2000

Postby Alex Clouter » Sat Oct 19, 2002 13:03

"The Cappuccino's tiny dimensions were a result of the Japanese Kei-Jidosha (small car) taxation class, stipulating length under 10ft 10ins, width below 4ft 7ins and sub 660cc capacity, returning less than 65bhp and under 87mph.

"Production began late in 1991and pressure from Suzuki GB saw its parent company agree to homologate the car for the UK, though it was 18 months before the launch at the 1993 Earls Court Motor Show.

"The Cappuccino was well received by the press, though criticisms were levelled at the high price and low top speed that made long distance touring tiresome. Parallels were drawn between the Suzuki and the Spridget, much as its compatriot the Mazda MX-5, was labelled spritual successor to the Lotus Elan.

"Straightline speed was not what the Cappuccino was all about - it was through the bends that really impressed. Autocar praised the handling, enthusing:

'Here is a chassis of real agility'

going as far to suggest

'It has the ability to match an MX-5 across twisty terrain'

"Driver appeal was further enhanced by a slick, five spped gearbox and classic front engine/ rear drive layout with perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The rack and pinion steering was sharp and direct, and weighty enough to inspire confidence when cornering. Double wish-bones to the front, with upper wish-bones and multi-links at the rear, gave nimble handling but the firm suspension gave a crashy ride over prro surfaces. The 165/65 R14 tyres gripped unexpectedly well and discs all round, ventilated to the front, were powerful and fade-free.

"Despite its sportscar status, the Cappuccino returned excellent fuel consumption, with a realistic average of 40 mpg unless thrashed - ideal considering the tiny 30 litre (6.6 gallon) tank.

"Inside there's more room than you might think, and the award-winning roof could be T-bar, targa or full convertible. When erected, it provided a neat hardtop free from wind noise."
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