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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 model debuted as the Kopen (Future Included) at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.[1][2]

Daihatsu Copen
Daihatsu Copen Robe.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 1st generation
659 cc JB-DET I4 (t/c petrol)
1.3 L K3-VE I4 (petrol)
2nd generation
659 cc KF I3 (t/c 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) (1st generation)
1,280 mm (50.4 in) (2nd generation)
Curb weight 810–830 kg (1,786–1,830 lb) (1st generation)
850–870 kg (1,874–1,918 lb) (2nd generation)
Predecessor Daihatsu Leeza Spyder
OFC-1 at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show
1st Generation Front view
1st Generation Rear view
2nd Generation Front view
2nd Generation Rear view


First generation (2002-2012)Edit

The Copen was originally designed with a 660 cc turbocharged engine in order to meet Japanese kei car regulations. However, since this engine did not meet environmental emissions standards in several other countries, the Copen was fitted with a more powerful 1.3 L non-turbo engine in these markets in 2007.

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

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 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.[3]

Second generation (2014-present)Edit

Less than one year after the car's discontinuation, Daihatsu announced the Copen would be returning to production with a new model.[4] At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Daihatsu unveiled two Copen concept cars called the Kopen, with the tag line "Future Included".[1][2] 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 19, 2014.[5]

The Copen 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.[6] The body panels are made of 13 separate resin components, 11 of which are interchangeable to modify design and colors. The Copen also features a new suspension system, a new 660cc turbo three-cylinder engine with DVVT, better sounding exhaust system and weight reduction.[5][7] In Japan, models sold were Copen XPlay, Copen Robe and a special S type for the Copen Robe.

In 2015, Daihatsu released the Copen Cero, which has a shape close to that of the first generation model.[8]


Model 2002, Japanese marketEdit

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)

Model 2002, international marketsEdit

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)

2014 Japanese market modelEdit

KF engine
  • 658cc 3 cylinder 12-valve DOHC intercooled turbocharged
  • Compression ratio — 9.5
  • Power — 47 kW (63 hp) at 6400 rpm
  • Torque — 92 N⋅m (68 lb⋅ft) at 3200 rpm
  • Combined fuel consumption — 4.5 L/100 km (63 mpg‑imp; 52 mpg‑US) (MT) or 4 L/100 km (71 mpg‑imp; 59 mpg‑US) (AT)
  • Manual — KPMZ 5-speed with ratios 3.181, 1.842, 1.250, 0.916, and 0.750
  • Automatic — KBPZ CVT with ratio 3.327 to 0.628

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Burn, Jonathan (2013-11-20). "New Daihatsu Copen concept revealed at Tokyo Motor Show". Auto Express. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b Holloway, Hilton (2013-11-20). "Daihatsu Copen to Return". Autocar. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ Tuesday, Stephen On (2012-04-21). "Open Copen Production Closin'". Integrity Exports. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  4. ^ Friday, Stephen On (2013-10-25). "Daihatsu Plans to Revive their Copen Roadster". Integrity Exports. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  5. ^ a b Miyazaki, Morito (2014-06-19). "Photo Feature: Daihatsu Copen Release - A revamped new model with customizable features". Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Daihatsu Announces New Technology for the Updated COPEN Convertible Sports Mini Vehicle" (PDF). 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  7. ^ Bruce, Chris (2014-06-20). "Daihatsu Copen reborn with configurable bodywork [with video]". Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  8. ^ Tan, Danny (2015-11-03). "Tokyo 2015: Daihatsu Copen Cero Folding Roof Video". Retrieved 2016-09-10. 

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