Daihatsu Copen GR Sport Study Gains Gazoo Racing’s Stamp Of Approval

The limited-edition Copen Coupe may be Daihatsu’s headline act at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but it’s not the only Copen version on display at the event.

The carmaker has also brought two Copen-based concepts to Tokyo: the GR Sport and the Copen Cero Sports Premium. The former is the result of a collaboration between Daihatsu and Toyota Gazoo Racing — the roadster even wears the go-fast division’s logos on the grille and boot lid.

Obviously, the fact that Daihatsu is wholly-owned by Toyota made this project possible, and Gazoo Racing did not take the job lightly. As a matter of fact, this concept tests the waters for a future sporty-flavored Copen. Given Daihatsu’s recent record, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Copen GR Sport debut as a production model at next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

Toyota Gazoo Racing increased the roadster’s body rigidity and did some chassis tuning as well. Other modifications include the addition of 16-inch BBS gold wheels, a sizable rear diffuser, and the “Functional Matrix” grille with honeycomb finish that we’ve previously seen on a number of JDM Toyota GR models, while the cabin gains Recaro seats and a redesigned instrument panel.

There are no mechanical changes on the menu, with the Kei-car roadster featuring the same 64 hp (65 PS) 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine as any other Copen.

As for the Cero Sports Premium, it’s based on the retro-styled Copen variant and adopts a unique mesh-type front grille in chrome finish, grey soft top and accents, as well as the same Recaro seats as the Copen GR Sport Concept.

more photos...
  • Bash

    This should make the trip to your local sushi restaurant in japan more fun than say a … umm I don’t know how to complete this sentence. lol

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      an afternoon of rubbing wasabi on the inside of your underwear?

      • Bash

        How did you get that from what I just said?!

        • Loquacious Borborygmus


  • I actually want the shooting break version they showed two years ago.

Out Of Control RV Goes Flying Into Departing Ferry, Driver Gets Killed

The driver is being praised a hero for honking his horn to alert people to get out of the way.

Guy Martin Drives A 1,000 HP Tractor To Record-Setting 103.6 MPH

The record for the fastest tractor was once held by Top Gear’s The Stig, but now it’s been blown out of the water .

2020 Genesis G80 Now Available In Australia With 311 HP V6, Two Trim Levels

Genesis’ luxury sedan has a comprehensive list of standard equipment and is priced from $69k AUE.

Hyundai Said To Be Planning Electric Compact SUV, Could Launch In 2021

The rumored EV will sit on a dedicated platform and slot above the Kona Electric in Hyundai’s range.

New BMW Z4 M40i Unleashes Its True Potential Courtesy Of G-Power

The German roadster now packs a mighty 493 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.

Fiat Panda Waze Returns To The Lineup With New Two-Tone Option

Featuring standard Waze navigation, the new special edition has a contrasting black roof and gloss black accents.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody Will Make A Nice Entry In The Muscle Car Class

The Charger Widebody should be offered with three different engine options, topped by the Redeye.

Jeep Driver Rolls Through Stop Sign And Gets Pummeled

The driver of this Jeep Cherokee failed to yield to the cammer and paid a hefty price.

Autobahn Hit With Speed Limits Due To High Temperatures

Fearing of cracks caused officials to enforce speed limits in usually unrestricted sections.

Get Your Hyundai Serviced At Official Dealer, Enjoy Free Lyft Ride Home

Hyundai owners won’t need to have a Lyft account of the ride-hailing app on their smartphone.