Daihatsu Opti

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Daihatsu Opti
Overview
Also called Daihatsu Opti Classic
Production 1992-2002
Powertrain
Engine 659 cc petrol
Chronology
Successor Daihatsu Esse

The Daihatsu Opti is a kei car produced by Japanese automaker Daihatsu from 1992 to 2002. It is available with a 659 cc petrol engine and either front- or four-wheel drive. It is a variant from the Daihatsu Mira.

Daihatsu Opti Mk 1[edit]

Daihatsu Opti Mk 1
Daihatsu Opti classic 2.jpg
Overview
Production 1992-1998
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door and 5-door hatchback
Platform L200
Powertrain
Transmission 3 or 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,280 mm (89.8 in)
Length 3,295 mm (129.7 in)
Width 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Height 1,395 mm (54.9 in)
Curb weight 660 kg (1,455 lb)

The first generation Daihatsu Opti was launched in Japan in 1992. It was based on L200 chassis of Daihatsu Mira. It was available as a three-door or five-door hatchback and replaced the Daihatsu Leeza. The Opti Club Sport version was featured in Gran Turismo 2. In November 1998, it was replaced by the Daihatsu Opti Mk 2.


Yamaha AMI[edit]

A rare Yamaha version called the AMI was also produced with a Ferrari F40 inspired design.[1] It came with the same engine as the Opti, but another choice was a DOHC 12-valve 55 bhp engine. Unlike the Ferrari F40, it was RWD and a mid-mounted engine.[2] It cost 2,000,000 yen which equaled the cost of two cars approximately the same size as the AMI. 600 were made but only 3 were sold. The AMI was only sold in Japan.[1]

Daihatsu Opti Mk 2[edit]

Daihatsu Opti Mk 2
Daihatsu Opti 003.JPG
Overview
Production 1998-2002
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
Platform L500
Powertrain
Transmission 3 or 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,360 mm (92.9 in)
Length 3,395 mm (133.7 in)
Width 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Height 1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Curb weight 740 kg (1,631 lb)

The second-generation Daihatsu Opti was launched in Japan in November 1998. It was based on the modified L500 chassis from Daihatsu Mira. It was available as a four-door saloon in two different styles - Opti and Opti Classic (launched in 2000). It was discontinued in 2002, but was not replaced until 2005, by the Daihatsu Esse. The high-performance model, called the Opti Aerodown Beex, was only sold in Japan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "MEGA Rare 1997 (Daihatsu Opti-based) Yamaha AMI". WasabiCars. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Honey, Someone shrunk the F40". FaezClutchless. 3 October 2012. 

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