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Suzuki set for sizzling sportster success

SUZUKI is set to launch a sizzling successor to its smash-hit Cappuccino sportster model. With the world's smallest V8 engine under its low-slung bonnet, the C2 pre-production prototype caused a sensation when it was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With a capacity of just 1600cc, the pocket V8 boasts a double overhead camshaft, twin turbocharging and even has an intercooler to help it pour out 250bhp. The multipoint fuel injection motor also has variable valve timing. Featuring classic front engine and rear wheel drive, the charismatic two seater has a six-speed manual gearbox and will be available with a five- speed automatic transmission when it goes into production later this year.

"We hope to have it in our showrooms later next year. We're very excited at the prospects for this car - it could be a pretty stiff rival for the MGF," said a spokesman for Suzuki GB.

Weighing just 850kg, the car has double wishbone suspension, all-disc braking and stands on wide, 16-inch tyres. Suzuki quickly sold 2,000 examples of the original Cappuccino in Britain. The car was retailing at £10,995 when last examples left the showrooms two years ago.

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