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Old 10-15-2019, 07:52 AM   #1
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Default Toyota unveils Copen GR Sport as hot compact convertible




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Toyota has revealed a hot GR Sport version of subsidiary company Daihatsuís Copen convertible.

The compact two-seater, built to Japanís Ďkei carí specifications, receives a number of styling and chassis upgrades to create an entry point into Toyotaís growing range of performance models.

Toyotaís modifications are primarily handling-focused, with the addition of a front brace and reshaped centre brace enhancing body rigidity. Suspension modifications, including a retuned spring rate and bespoke shock absorbers, are claimed to achieve a balance between smoothness and grip.

The Copenís electric power steering system has been tuned for enhanced dynamics, and is claimed to improve turn-in response and make it easier to use the carís full performance in all environments.

Design tweaks include the addition of a more aggressively styled front bumper, a grille design inspired by other Toyota GR models and new sports-style BBS forged aluminium wheels.

Inside, the Daihatuís seats are replaced with performance-oriented Recaro items, while the speedometer and rev counter are redesigned to reinforce the carís sporting ambitions. There are eight colour options for the exterior, but the Copen GR Sportsí interior can only be specified in black.

The Copenís 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine is retained, sending power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual or seven-speed CVT gearbox.

The model is currently unavailable outside Japan, with domestic prices starting from 2,380,000 yen, equivalent to roughly £17,330.

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Inside, the Daihatuís seats are replaced with performance-oriented Recaro items, while the speedometer and rev counter are redesigned to reinforce the carís sporting ambitions. There are eight colour options for the exterior, but the Copen GR Sportsí interior can only be specified in black.

The Copenís 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine is retained, sending power to the front wheels through a five-speed manual or seven-speed CVT gearbox.

The model is currently unavailable outside Japan, with domestic prices starting from 2,380,000 yen, equivalent to roughly £17,330.

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Old 10-15-2019, 09:10 AM   #2
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I saw a Honda S660 (Honda's Copen rival)while I was in Japan, and it looked damn hot.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/tgs...s-we-need-uk#3

I would totally rock one if they were available and cheap. Too bad 'merica was built for highway driving, and the small engine will not cut it.
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:49 PM   #3
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I saw a Honda S660 (Honda's Copen rival)while I was in Japan, and it looked damn hot.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/tgs...s-we-need-uk#3

I would totally rock one if they were available and cheap. Too bad 'merica was built for highway driving, and the small engine will not cut it.
I'd love to drive one of those, I bet it's a blast.
  • Lightweight roadster (~1800 lbs)
  • Mid-engine RWD
  • 6 speed manual gearbox
  • 7,700 rpm redline (higher than most sports cars these days)
  • Cheap (~$18k direct conversion)
So what if it only has 63 hp Then maybe people would stop complaining that the BRZ is underpowered.

For those that complain that it's slow, it would be a perfect candidate for an engine swap. Not sure if a B16 or K20 could fit.. if not, maybe a CBR600RR motorcycle engine
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
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So this Gazoo thing is not a Toyota exclusive label? GRMN Subaru in the future?

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Old 10-15-2019, 03:37 PM   #5
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I saw a Honda S660 (Honda's Copen rival)while I was in Japan, and it looked damn hot.

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/tgs...s-we-need-uk#3

I would totally rock one if they were available and cheap. Too bad 'merica was built for highway driving, and the small engine will not cut it.
I'd love one, but man... the average car on the road today is a gigantic SUV. Driving something like this is arguably less safe than riding a motorcycle in the States.
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