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Monday, August 27, 2012
Video++ review Suzuki Cappucino (Ver 2)
NOTE DELETED by blogger previously... Formerly the 100th post originally posted on November 2008. Repost on 27 August 2012. Hence, Version 2.
Front-rear weight distribution is claimed to be 50/50% when both seats are occupied. Layout is front mid-engined and rear-wheel drive. The hood, roof, roll bar and lower front guard panels are aluminium.
Three removable roof panels mean that the car can be used as a closed coupé; T-top; targa; or, on retraction of the rear window and roll bar, a full convertible. (Photo combo above). Roof panels stow in the trunk (though it must be said that they will occupy 90 percent of the already modest space), and the rear window/rollcage assembly retracts into the body behind the seats.
Unlike many convertibles of the time, the rear window is glass and wraparound, with demisting elements.
It was originally equipped with the F6A engine: later models were fitted with a K6A engine which was lighter and had chain-driven, rather than belt-driven camshafts and more torque. Both are DOHC 12-valve, inline 3-cylinder engines that were turbocharged and intercooled. Power output was a claimed 63 hp (47 kW; 64 PS) at 6500 rpm to fit under the maximum power allowed for Kei cars. (below: Engine bay photo).
The Cappuccino featured 4-wheel disc brakes and rear wheel drive. Later versions in Japan had an early production iteration of speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering and aluminium double wishbone suspension. Production began in 1991 and ceased in 1997. The Cappuccino's closest competitor of the time were the Autozam AZ-1, Honda Beat and the Daihatsu Leeza Spyder. (The Autozam AZ-1, Honda Beat and Suzuki Cappuccino were together called the Sporty K-Car's ABC.)
The Suzuki Cappuccino still remains one of the best-handling cars that money can buy. If you are looking for a fun and versatile 2 seater sports car with the classic "front engine, rear-wheel drive" arrangement, pin-sharp chassis and an affordable price tag, the Cappuccino is the ideal entry-level sports car for you!
As an endorsement to this, the popular "Auto Express" Magazine recently reported that the Suzuki Cappuccino had been voted as one of the 50 best cars of all time. It was pitched against the likes of the Porsche 911, Lotus Elise, Ferrari and McLaren - clearly showing that even to this day the Cappuccino has lost none of its leading edge.
The Cappucino also featured in Both Initial-D Anime and Sony GranTurismo Play station games.
Here's some Photos: INITIAL D SCREENSHOTS.
AE86 v.s. Cappuccino (Initial D)
GRAN TURISMO SCREENSHOTS:
Here's few reviews of this Baby:
Review 3:(Double click to enlarge)
Above: Cappucino Front and rear mugshots. Below: Side profile of the Cappucino (hardtop mode)
Below: STOCK Cappucino rim...
Without further ado, here's a collection of VIDEOS mostly taken from Youtube for your viewing pleasure: Enjoy:
1991 Suzuki Cappuccino WalkAround
Cappucino test drive (JAPAN Promotional Video)
Cappuchino top speed (limited to 140km/h @ 5500rpm)
Cappuchino on Gravel
Gymkhana Suzuki cappuchino
Cappuchino 0-140km/h in below 27 secs
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