If, to you, a Cappuccino is nothing more than a delicious coffee-based beverage, you may certainly be excused. The 1991 Suzuki Cappuccino, which remained in production until 1997, is a prime example of the Japanese Kei-car. These tiny cars were built to take advantage of Japan’s favorable taxes and tariffs for cars under a certain weight limit, and with engines under 660 cc. Despite these restrictions, the Cappuccino is anything but boring. This tiny convertible Suzuki was never exported to the United States officially, most of the production was sold locally, as well as a few hundred (just over a thousand) that made it to the United Kingdom. This tiny little car – only 1,543 pounds! – is today exceedingly rare and sought-after, as it is a genuine sports car, with the performance to prove it!
The Cappuccino was a really punchy car, despite its tiny engine. It was fitted with a 657 cc – only 3 cc short of the limit – inline three-cylinder engine, with a turbocharger attached. This allowed the car to accelerate to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 93 miles per hour, definitely fast enough to lose your license (depending on the jurisdiction!). If that wasn’t enough, the Cappuccino displayed all the handling you could want in sports car.
While these figures are not stellar per se, consider the fact that you are practically sitting on the ground. Driving the Suzuki Cappuccino could be compared to driving a go-kart, except with the advantages of the roof, doors, and other convenient extras! Over 28,000 of them were built, and a lot of them found themselves exported after their run ended, mostly in countries with right-hand-drive convention.