We've always had a soft spot for the Daihatsu Copen. Granted, it always struck us as an overly effeminate Audi TT, but that's not a particularly bad thing. But after nearly a decade of production, Daihatsu has to move on, so across the way from the "Ultimate Edition" Copen at the Tokyo Motor Show is this, the Daihatsu DX concept.

An odd amalgamation of Kei car size and SUV styling, the D-X features a retractable hard top and composite body panels that Daihatsu claims can be swapped out at will. Keeping within the Kei car limits in Japan, the D-X is powered by a turbocharged two-cylinder engine outputting around 60 horsepower and spinning the front wheels. We couldn't get a straight answer from the Daihatsu reps on the floor, but based on the model years we through out in broken Japanese, we should be seeing the D-X in production form late next year.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish the Copen was sold here...it would have been a modern day Honda S600
      haji
      • 3 Years Ago
      guys, dont get so excited. theres no way daihatsu will put this into production.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      funny but 60 hp isn't enough...give it 80 and it will be a blast to drive
        haji
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        theyre not allowed to give more than 64 hp.
      Chet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really Damon? Audi TT - 1998. Daihatsu Copen - 1992. So...what I think you mean is the TT always struck you as a really butch upgrade of the Copen. Sure, be offensive, talk in cliches, but have some sense of history. Are you 12?
        Chris Paukert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chet
        Chet, I'm afraid that's incorrect - the Copen in question debuted as a concept one year after the TT was first revealed. It didn't go on sale until 2002.
        Justin Gardiner
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chet
        Sorry Chet, But Damon and Chris are right and you appear to be getting confused with the Mazda AZ-1. I attended the Copen's launch in 2002: http://archive.metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/441/cars_bikes.asp
      gork
      • 3 Years Ago
      IDK why anyone would think that a Kei car that is turbocharged and 60HP, is underpowered...it's not like you have the option in Japan to go higher than the capped limit. The Kei car is size and power limited, allowing buyers to gain certain tax advantages.
      KeiCarLvr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wooow...I'm a bit polarized by the styling. Too busy. I wonder why they bothered to add all this stuff to it. Simplify, simplify!!
      Brett
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Based on the production numbers we 'through' out in broken Japanese..." I know I'm a grammar granny, but seriously.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Molly
      • 3 Years Ago
      it powers as my bike.... it will be too slow for NA market.
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