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Tiniest racecar yet? Toyota gives the Daihatsu Copen a douse of Gazoo Racing performance

2019-10-17 04:30
Toyota Copen GR Sport

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Toyota rolls out its new compact convertible 'Copen GR SPORT' in Japan

Toyota's performance arm Gazoo Racing, fettled with Diahatsu's little convertible and created the Copen GR Sport.

The two-seater convertible is an OEM car manufactured by Daihatsu Motor Co, of which Toyota is a wholly-owned subsidiary since 2016.

Diahatsu had revealed its Copen GR Sport at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon several months ago. Then Toyota took the new model and tweaked the tiny roadster to make its own funky version with sportier equipment, interior and exterior enhances.

Exclusive to Japan

It is currently only available in Japan in a choice of eight body colours with pricing starting from an estimated R327 000 (2.3-million Yen). Not that it would ever be that "cheap" if it had to be imported here, pricing would be through the roof. It's a pity though because the Copen certainly was the coolest Daihatsu model to ever roam SA's streets.

GALLERY | Toyota Copen GR SPORT

Power comes from a 3-cylinder, 660cc turbocharged engine with an output of only 47kW and 92Nm. This coupled with a choice of a 5-speed manual or 7-speed CVT transmission delivers superior comfort of control. It makes for an ultra lightweight sports car perfect as a daily drive, with the addition of open-air motoring 

Toyota Copen GR Sport

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The core focus is on suspension and overall body rigidity that provides a smooth ride with supple movement, and the feeling of the tyre gripping performance. Characteristics famed of lightweight sports cars. It sits on a set of BBS forged-aluminum wheels covered in a special matte gray colour scheme.

Toyota Copen GR Sport

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Exterior design is honed to performance starting with its 'Functional MATRIX' grille. The lower section of the bumper contributes to improved cooling while at the same time emphasising the low centre of gravity and styling. 

On the inside is a pair of Recaro racing seats combined with a full black interior. There is also a triple meter display and special piano black-toned decorative centre cluster. The electrified Active Top comes as a standard feature.

Compiled by: Robin Classen

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