The best Christmas gift ever? Daihatsu unveils the Copen Coupe, and many more...
Back in the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, Daihatsu brought out two concept cars based on the brand's kei sports car, the Copen, which includes the Copen Cero Coupe Concept and the Copen Shooting Brake.
Guess what, Daihatsu heard you all and decided to unveil a new car at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, along with a new fleet of really 'interesting' concept cars. First up, we have the production version of the Copen Coupe Cero Concept you see above. Introducing the Copen Coupe (sorry for the relatively unimaginative name...)
Yes before you smash your keyboard on your iPhone saying I've clickbaited all of you, no they aren't the same car, they just look the same. This IS the production version of the Daihatsu Copen Coupe. To replace the regular soft top, Daihatsu has fitted a CFRP fixed top (optionally available with a glass sunroof) which gives the car it's much need fastback-like side profile. And yes, those are genuine 16-inch BBS forged aluminium wheels..
Round the back Daihatsu has fitted a glass tailgate that opens up for your luggage, albeit not very big, at least it's good for a bag of golf clubs...
Under the bonnet it's got the same 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder motor like in the regular Copen, which packs a whopping 64hp and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, or a CVT transmission if you so wish, and drive goes to the front wheels via (for the first time), a limited slip differential. Prices go from from 2,484,000 yen (about £17,638) for the CVT-equipped model and 2,505,600 yen (£17,794) for the manual version.
Before you all go wow and say 'I want one', few things to potentially put you off: (a) it's Japan-only, as are all Japanese kei cars, and (b) only 200 are ever going to be produced. If those doesn't put you off, then get this: you can order the Daihatsu Copen Coupe right after the unveiling of the kei car at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon, and deliveries will start at April 2019.
If you still want to upgrade your car, then Japanese Daihatsu dealers would sell you an HKS sports silencer, a set of HKS coilovers and a set of banging stereo as a dealer options, and with warranty too.
Let's say you can't be bothered with a coupe version of a convertible kei sports car, then Daihatsu also had something in store for you at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon. They have the Daihatsu Tocot Sporza Ver., which features early 2000s neon lights and some gold wheels.
There's also the Mira Tocot Elegant Ver., which has steelies and a roof rack for your camping equipment. Oh and it also has a black grille that looks like Richard Hammond when it's shocked.
Daihatsu has also brought out the Mira Tocot Active Ver., which adds bling to the Mira Tocot for no apparent reason.
This on the other hand, is the Move Canvas Hatsune Miku Beach Ver., which also has steelies and a roof rack. But it also features a blue body, with blue stripes on it's white upper half of the car, and some palm trees on it's back doors.
Say if you're own a store that sells fruits and fruits only, Daihatsu has also got you covered, by introducing the Hijet Truck Marche Ver., which has an orange body with white accents and some chrome hubcaps for good measure, also there's enough space for an entire fruit stand to be placed ON the truck itself, so you can save the rent for buying more fruit.
If you enjoy your role-playing games that you get to play at your Christmas when you were 9, then Daihatsu has made a real life version of the truck you dream of driving, the Hijet Track Jumbo California Construction Store Ver.. As the name suggests, it allows you to be a surfer for real by having a surfboard and the gear all at the back of the truck.
Other embarrassingly-named concepts include the Boon and the Thor, all with chrome wheels which belongs to the early 2000s Need For Speed Underground 2 game.