6 June 2017

More than an old car #12: Suzuki Cappuccino


Say the name 'cappuccino' and you will immediately think of Starbucks or basically any up-market cafe. However, this Suzuki Cappuccino SX306 is not a drink by Suzuki Coffee Company, but rather a cute little car that is an absolute head-turner.

The idea for the Cappuccino came about in 1987, when Suzuki wanted to create a sporting image. It was initially released for the Japanese market only in 1991 as it fulfilled the 'kei car' requirement: length less than 3.3m and width less than 1.4m. The SX306 refers to its designation number. It was only later on that Suzuki decided to export it to Europe and also Hong Kong, and production ended in 1997.

The Cappuccino was powered by an I3 engine [engine with 3 cylinders], allowing it to reach a top speed of 150 km/h, with an acceleration of 9 seconds [0-100km/h]. It was only 3.29 m long and weighed 679 kg, and it had either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 3-speed automatic transmission. The hard-top roof could be removed, thus it could either be a normal coupe or a convertible.

The Cappuccino proved to be a modern classic as it attracted the attention of many enthusiasts. It also featured in the manga 'Initial D' along with the eponymous anime. Only 28,010 were made and if I am not wrong, there are only 2/3 present in Singapore. You would have better luck looking for a Ferrari compared to this, but hopefully you will get to see one!

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