Seriously, has anyone actually driven or seen a Suzuki Cappuccino in person? It would be an understatement to say I have been lusting over these for years. I'm thinking maybe next summer I might try to import one. They are a turbo 3 banger, and I'd probably try to play around with the stock motor for a bit, but it seems to me like the car is just begging for a miata 4 turbo motor.
I live on the West Coast of Canada, so most of the Japanese importers are located out here. A friend of mine imported a Celica himself from Japan and saved thousands over what the importers were charging. I'm slowly saving up a fund and by next summer should have enough to go for it. People bring in all kinds of RHD vehicles here - delicas, gtrs, supras, rx7s, crap even RHD miata's and civic hatches, but I've yet to see a Cappuccino on the road.
NO NO NO! If it's begging for any 4 banger, it's a Suzuki engine, I dunno... say one that is roughly 1300cc..... The BP weight would kill that tiny car (even tiny by our standards, crazy!).
But yes, I ******* love me some Cap. If I had one, it would HAVE to be flared like that one. Regularly, they just don't quite look right to me. But with the flares it all comes together.
Good point. A hayabusa engine would be pretty intense as well... But that's probably too complicated and expensive for me. These cars were limited to 69hp I think, but I'm sure it'd be easy to open it up.
And i love the flares as well, but I'd be happy with a plain one as well.
I bet a mild boost upgrade would be plenty. There's a local guy to me who will import you one as a track car, but he would take forever to get anything other than his usual Daihatsu micro trucks. I think I'd rather have a Honda Beat than a Cappuccino, though.
I think trying to make power with the 3 cylinder would be fun. I'm sure there are parts for them, though they may all be in Japan, so MAD TYTE RICE TAX applied to all parts. Who knows, maybe those internals are solid and you can upgrade the turbo and bolt-ons and crank up the boost and make it into the low or mid 100's range.
Fantastic Little cars. During a few trips to japan, I saw several of these driving around, and those pictures just don't do them justice.
Those things are TINY.
I would think that it could be much harder to import those cars because they wouldn't pass the crash test ratings for American standards. Probably why most "K-cars" are not being imported to America, but why the smart car is being sold here is beyond me.