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The Daihatsu Copen 1st Generation (2002 – 2012)

The 1st Generation Copen, was a 660cc 2-door roadster/coupé with an aluminium retractable hardtop, it won the Good Design Award in Japan in 2002, the year of its launch.  It debuted at the 1999 Tōkyō Motor Show as the Daihatsu Copen concept.  The car first appeared with a 659cc turbocharged engine (JB-DET I4) for the home market, however this engine did not meet the environmental emission standards for certain export markets, so the Copen was fitted with a more powerful 1.3 non-turbo engine (K3-VE I4) for those markets.

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Model 2002 Japanese market JB-DETi engine:

63hp (47 kW, 64 PS) @ 6,000 rpm / 67 hp (50 kW, 68 PS) @ 6,000 rpm for the UK market

Torque: 109.83 N/m (81 lb/ft) @ 3,200 rpm / 100 N/m (74 lb/ft) for the UK market

167 km/h (104 mph) Japanese version (MT) / 159 km/h (99 mph) Japanese version (AT)

Top Speed: 170 km/h (110 mph) UK version (MT) / 162 km/h (101 mph) UK version (AT)

Combined fuel consumption: 44.1 mpg / Acceleration : 0–62 mph 11.7s (MT)

Model 2002, European (LHD & RHD), South African and Hong Kong markets (RHD), Taiwan market (LHD) K3-VE engine:

Engine: 1.3L DVVT engine DOHC 16 valve

Power: 86 hp (64 kW, 87 PS) @ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 120 N/m (89 lb/ft) @ 4,400 rpm

Top Speed: 180 km/h (110 mph) (MT) / 172 km/h (107 mph) (AT)

Combined fuel consumption: 6 L/100 km (47 mpg UK / 39 mpg US)

 Acceleration: 0-62 mph 9.5s (MT)

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At the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, Daihatsu revealed two new trim levels of the Copen, the 1.3l and the ‘ZZ’.  The Copen also appeared on the UK Top Gear program, but was considered too ‘toyish‘ by presenter James May.

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(The OFC-1 Concept Car at the 2007 Tōkyō Motor Show)

The OFC-1 looks almost like the old Copen, and at 5mm shorter, the same width, and only 45mm higher, the OFC-1 is all but identical.  But the biggest change is the switch from a 2- to a 3-piece folding roof.  Here, the main roof section is made from liquid crystals so at the flick of a switch the roof can be made transparent or opaque and it all folds away into the boot in under 10 seconds.

 Daihatsu Copen 10th Anniversary Edition

Despite being the only convertible kei-car available at the time, on January 13th 2011, Daihatsu announced that it would withdraw the Copen from the European market effective from 31st January 2013 due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen.  Then on April 2nd 2012, Daihatsu announced that Copen production would cease in August with the final 500 cars being limited 10th Anniversary editions.  The ‘LE’ versions had leather seats as well as commemorative 10th Anniversary door plates.  The 5-speed manual car (MT) retailed at ¥ 1.82 million (£13,784), with the 4-speed sequential (auto) coming in at a slightly lower ¥ 1.8 million (£13,632).

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The Copen is one of the most modified K’s out there:

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’02 Auto Modellista (2002);  ’02 Gran Turismo Concept:2002 Tokyo-Geneva (2001 Tokyo) (2002);  ’02 Gran Turismo 4: Prologue (2003):  ’02 GT Advance 3:Pro Concept Racing (2003):  GT Cube (GT Pro Series) (2003):  ’02 Kaido Battle (Tokyo Xtreme Racer:Drift) 2003):  Shutokou Battle 01 (Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3) (2003):  ’02 Gran Turismo 4 (2004):  ’02 Kaido Battle 2:Chain Reaction (Kaido Racer) (2004):  Choro Q Works (2005):  ’02 Crash Tag Team Racing (2005):  ’02 Enthusia:Professional Racing (2005):  ’02 Kaido Battle: Touge no Densetsu (Tokyo Xtreme Racer:Drift 2) (2005):  Racing Battle:C1 Grand Prix (2005):  Ridge Racer 6 (2005): ’02 Gran Turismo (2009):  ’02 Gran Turismo 6 (2013):  2014 Copen 2G in CrossThe Ridge R (2014): 

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The Daihatsu Copen 2nd Generation (2014 ~)

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Inside, there’s a mix of leather, suede and carbon-fibre along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel.  The interior appears to be fairly minimalist, with all the controls and buttons found on a touchscreen fitted to the centre console, there’s also a digital readout and push-button start.

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Production of the new model was announced on June 19th 2014.

Less than 1 year after the car’s discontinuation, Daihatsu announced the Copen would be returning to production with a new model.  The Copen 2G debuted as the ‘Kopen (Future Included)’ at the 2013 Tōkyō Motor Show.  The name ‘Kopen‘ was a combination of kei class car, and ‘open‘ for convertible roadster.  The spelling was changed from ‘k’ to ‘c’ for ‘convertible‘.  Production of the new model was announced on June 19th 2014.

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The Copen 2G has been restyled to be more angular than its predecessor with a new monocoque chassis structure called a D-Frame. The structure allows owners to select the interior and exterior design of the car according to their preferences.  The body panels are made of 13 separate resin components, 11 of which are interchangeable to modify the design and colours.  The Copen also features a new suspension system, a new 660cc turbo 3-cylinder engine with (DVVT), a better sounding exhaust system and weight reduction.  In Japan, models sold were the Copen XPlay, Copen Robe and a special ‘S’ type for the Copen Robe.

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In 2015, Daihatsu released the Copen Cero, which has a shape closer to that of the 1st Generation model.

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2014 Japanese market model (JDM)

Engine (KF 13): 658cc 3-cyl 12-valve DOHC, turbocharged, intercooled

Compression ratio: 9.5

Power: 47kW (63 hp) at 6,400 rpm Torque: 92 N·m (68 lb·ft) at 3,200 rpm

Combined fuel consumption:

(MT) 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg UK; 52 mpg US/ (AT)4 L/100 km (71 mpg UK; 59 mpg US)

MT: KPMZ 5-speed with ratios 3.181, 1.842, 1.250, 0.916, and 0.750

AT: KBPZ CVT with ratio 3.327 to 0.628

Layout: Front engine, Front-wheel drive / Weight: 850 kg (MT) / 870 kg (AT)

Wheelbase: 2,230 mm (88 in) / Successor: Daihatsu Leezer Spyder

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