Daihatsu Copen

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Daihatsu Copen
DAIHATSU COPEN Robe LA400 01.jpg
Manufacturer Daihatsu
Production 2002–2012, 2014-Present
Body and chassis
Class Kei car
Body style 2-door roadster
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Engine 659 cc JB-DET I4 (t/c petrol)
1.3 L K3-VE I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed sequential
Wheelbase 2,230 mm (87.8 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,245 mm (49.0 in)
Curb weight 810–830 kg (1,786–1,830 lb)
Predecessor Daihatsu Leeza Spyder
OFC-1 at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
1st Generation Front view
1st Generation Rear view

The Daihatsu Copen is a 2-door roadster with an aluminium retractable hardtop built by the Japanese car company Daihatsu. It debuted at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, as the Daihatsu Copen concept. The second-generation of Daihatsu Copen is debuted on June 19, 2014.[1]


The Copen was originally designed with a 660 cc turbocharged engine in order to meet Japanese kei car regulations. However, it no longer meets environmental emissions standards in several other countries, and so in these markets the Copen is fitted with a more powerful 1.3 L engine.

At the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show, Daihatsu revealed two new trim levels of the Copen, the 1.3l and the 'ZZ'.

On January 13, 2011, Daihatsu announced that it would withdraw the Copen from the European market effective from 31 January 2013 due to the ongoing strength of the Japanese Yen. Then on April 2, 2012, Daihatsu announced that Copen production would cease in August 2012 with the final 500 cars being limited 10th Anniversary editions.[2] However, less than one year later, Daihatsu announced the Copen would be returning to production, with speculation that this would be a new model based on the D-R concept car.[3]

The Copen has been featured on the UK show Top Gear where James May attempted to find the best convertible car. The contestants were the Mercedes-Benz CLK, Audi A4, Citroën C3 Pluriel, Volkswagen New Beetle, and the Copen. James loved the Copen, but he had one small problem: it felt "toy-ish".

On June 19, 2014, Daihatsu revealed the second generation of Copen. The design is restyled to be more angular than the first-generation with new chassis structure called as D-Frame. Second-Generation Daihatsu Copen also featured DRESSFORMATION feature.[4] DRESSFORMATION allows customers to select the interior and exterior design of the car according to preference. The body panel consists of 13 separate resin components. 11 of 13 body panels is interchangeable, enables customers to change the design and color even after the purchase. Second-generation Copen also features new suspension system, new 3-cylinders 660cc turbo engine with a DVVT, better sounding exhaust system and weight reduction.


Japanese market[edit]

JB-DETi engine
  • 0.66L (659 cc) 16 valves turbo DOHC 4 cylinder
  • Power — 63 hp (47 kW; 64 PS) @ 6000 rpm
  • Power — 67 hp (50 kW; 68 PS) @ 6000 rpm for UK market
  • Torque — 109.83 N·m (81 lb·ft) @ 3200 rpm
  • Torque — 100 N·m (74 lb·ft) for UK market
  • Top Speed — 170 km/h (110 mph) UK version (MT)
  • Top Speed — 167 km/h (104 mph) Japanese version (MT)
  • Top Speed — 162 km/h (101 mph) UK version (AT)
  • Top Speed — 159 km/h (99 mph) Japanese version (AT)
  • Combined fuel consumption — 44.1 mpg[clarification needed]
  • 0–62 mph time — 11.7s (MT)

European, South African, Hong Kong and Taiwanese markets[edit]

K3-VE engine
  • 1.3L DVVT engine DOHC 16 valve
  • Power — 86 hp (64 kW; 87 PS) @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque — 120 N·m (89 lb·ft) @ 4400 rpm
  • Top Speed — 180 km/h (110 mph) (MT)
  • Top Speed — 172 km/h (107 mph) (AT)
  • Combined fuel consumption — 6 L/100 km (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US)
  • 0–62 mph time — 9.5s (MT)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Photo Feature: Daihatsu Copen Release - A revamped new model with customizable features". Responsejp.com. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. ^ Tuesday, Stephen On (2012-04-21). "Open Copen Production Closin'". Integrity Exports. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  3. ^ Friday, Stephen On (2013-10-25). "Daihatsu Plans to Revive their Copen Roadster". Integrity Exports. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Daihatsu Announces New Technology for the Updated COPEN Convertible Sports Mini Vehicle". 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 

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