Toyota Copen GR Sport Is A New Tiny Convertible Sports Car For Japan

Japan’s car world never ceases to amaze us, and while we’ve seen the nameplate before as a Daihatsu, Toyota’s latest product, the Copen GR Sport, is the brainchild of its Gazoo Racing division.

Presented online ahead of the dealer unveiling set for November 9 and 10, the kei-car that sports an electrically-operated folding hardtop, will launch exclusively in the Land of the Rising Sun.

It has an MSRP of 2,435,000 YEN ($22,480) for the 5-speed manual transmission version and 2,380,000 ($21,972) for the CVT. Both are powered by a 660 cc turbocharged engine with front-wheel drive and a limited-slip differential. Toyota said their new convertible features a specially tuned electric power steering and optimized suspension spring rate and shock absorbers.

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Several GR components are offered at a premium. For the front apron, you will have to pay 51,700 YEN ($477), whereas the front side blades will set you back another 44,000 YEN ($406). The side skirts, rear side spoiler and trunk spoiler cost 66,000, 47,300 and 22,000 YEN ($609/437/203), respectively.

On the outside, the Copen GR Sport has been enhanced with the restyled front and rear bumpers and radiator grille. It rides on BBS forged alloys and packs LED headlights, taillights and fog lamps, and a ‘GR Sport’ emblem. Eight exterior colors are available, but no matter which one you choose, the interior is all black.

Speaking of the cockpit, it gets Recaro sports seats with ‘GR’ embroidery, leather-wrapped steering wheel with the same emblem and metallic inserts made by Momo and piano black trim.

 

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  • Joe

    The model is being marketed at both Daihatsu dealers, and Toyota dealers that handle their kei car and GR Sport lines. This was announced as happening when the ‘concept’ GR Sport Copen was first shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January. It’s also the first time ever that a model is sold under both brands with the same model name and badging (i.e. nothing to differentiate between them, as both carry just Copen badging, no Daihatsu or Toyota).

  • Paul

    Looks like the perfect ride for Mickey and Goofy or their friends at Disney.

  • SteersUright

    Absolutely no appeal to me. Sports cars should be good looking, period. They’re not necessities whatsoever and designed to thrill and excite. Something that looks like this fails to do either.

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