- JDM Engine Option: 7 L DOHC I3
- Fuel Consumption: 5 L / 100 km
- Curb Weight: 725 – 750kg
- Size: L 3,295 mm x W 1,395 mm x H 1,185 mm
At a first glance you would say “oh, another Kei car from Suzuki”, but this one is different. It’s different because this one is one of our favorites. Also, the best words to describe this car would be “baby Mx-5”.
This two-seater, with a detachable hardtop, has a lot of similarities with the God like Mazda Mx-5 and, from some points of view, it’s even better. For example, the weight. It weighs 725kg! That really is crazy light for a roadster. The latest version received Suzuki’s’ 0.7 L K6A 3 piston DOHC turbo engine. This little engine just loves to rev and that blow off sound is amazing. And hen we say it loves to rev we mean that you can easily take it over 9.000 rpm.
This is possible because the engine was built with a forged crank, conrods and an iron block. Most owners choose to remap the ECU and increase the turbine pressure to up 1.0 bar, raising the BHP from 64 to 85. Some have gone even further with bigger injectors and a a larger intercooler, to run even more boost. The result? A whopping 120 to 140 bhp. This packed together with 725 kg is a result for a very quick car.
It has 50/50 weight distribution, a feature than even today modern roadsters struggle to achieve. Very decent brake disc all around, and the newer models came with speed sensitive electric power steering, but most fans and owners felt like this wasn’t really needed. We would actually say that no power steering would be a better option for this little racer, because you receive more input through the wheel. Don’t even dare to opt for an automatic transmission, though. Changing gears in the Cappuccino is like shaking hands with an old friend.
This being said, an automatic is very hard to find, because around 80% of the cars were made with a manual transmission.
The only bad thing about this car is that Suzuki never truly realized its potential and they haven’t released a modern version of it. Suzuki teased us with some concept cars, but they had never put it into production.
Another problem is that when it comes to Europe, Suzuki only sold them in Britain for the last 2 years of production. This being said, it means that there are no left-handed versions of it. After some research, it seems that there is at least one left handed conversion done by a fan.
Most of the problems have been reported by the British owners. The roof wasn’t really a match for hard rain, something that is quite frequent in Britain. Because these cars are starting to become rare, owners are asking for quite a high price. Sometimes even double than a very well sorted MX-5. Oh, and we must mention that trunk space is almost fully taken up by the roof.
The Cappuccino is a car that we would love to own. The fact that is a smaller Mx-5 and even rarer than the Miata makes this not our favorite Kei car, but one of our favorite Japanese cars.
What others say
Classics.honestjohn.co.uk – “Cute-Looking roadster with an eager, high-revving turbocharged engine”
http://www.rac.co.uk/ – “The limited numbers that reached these shores, the critical acclaim and the sheer infectiousness of its personality make the Cappuccino difficult to resist.”