We'll get to the GT2win by Ducks-Garden in a little bit. But first, the Suzuki Twin.
Even though I'm 6'1", I love small cars. There's something appealing to me with using the bare minimum of machine required for a purpose. Well, maybe not always. I've driven the Peel P50…it…was…horrible. Tootling around wasn't so terrible, though its inline gear selector—like a scooter—took some getting used to. Another consideration: I think the fumes that bled into the interior helped contribute to the migraine and extreme nausea I experienced that particular night.
Maybe small cars more dangerous. When you mount a scooter motor inside the cabin and beside the driver, it's more likely fumes could seep through and harm the driver…not to mention send thumping vibrations through every interior surface.
Yes, I was disappointed that the P50 felt eerily similar to how I'd imagine an XXL Little Tikes car. My daily driver is a Fiat 500 Abarth, I'm excited to see the new smart fortwo, and I once spent 24 consecutive hours inside a Nissan Juke. (Don't ask.)
I think I'd really like the Twin, even though it's a pretty much a diet smart fortwo.
It's similar in size to its German rival, but with a front engine and front-wheel-drive. Despite being slightly longer than the fortwo, the Twin is significantly lighter. How much lighter? At their respective lightest, the little Suzuki weighs in at 170 kg (375 lbs) less than the fortwo. That's amazing.
Its name doesn't come from its three-cylinder, 660cc engine. At 44 horsepower, it's not going to set the world alight. Even with an available 5-speed manual transmission (or a 3-speed(!) automatic) highways are probably a struggle.
I say 'probably' because the most extensive driving impressions I've been able to track down were of the Twin Hybrid—a seven horsepower motor and an extra gear added to the 3-speed automatic version. Auto Bild put its top speed at 120 km/h (74 mph.) Hell, my old Citroën 2CV and its 29 horsepower could almost do that.
Built to a more simple design than the fortwo, inside, the Twin's simple hard plastics and dreadful fit and finish look like a sad place to spend much time. At this size, you take what you can get: the Twin has a flat-folding passenger seat and a single power window. When Car & Driver took one for a spin, they said, "Either way, this mobile mailbox is as slow as the tortoise it resembles, with interior furnishings apparently sourced from a discount lawn-furniture outlet and the storage space of a briefcase."
Why bother? Its amazing maneuverability, low emissions, and fuel use at an just 2.9 L/100km (80 mpg). That wasn't enough for buyers, though, and the Twin was discontinued after just two years.
And so we come to the Suzuki GT2win by Ducks-Garden, a body kit that tuner Ducks-Garden produced for the little kei car. Images of the little Porsche 911 GT2 in 1/3 size are below in the gallery.
Try not to laugh.