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The Teeny Tiny Daihatsu Kopen Roadster Concept Looks Like A Ton Of Fun

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Damn you, Japan, and your ridiculously weird and fun little kei cars! Sure, some of them are boring, but many of them look like they're a lot of fun. The old Daihatsu Copen was a great example of this. Now Daihatsu has a successor headed to the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

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This is the Daihatsu Kopen Concept. It's different because it has a K instead of a C. It also swaps the old car's too-cute, mini-Audi TT looks for something a tad more aggressive and masculine, or at least, as much as a tiny kei car convertible can be those things. The new one comes in a variety of colors, including this green one with rugged body cladding.

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The Kopen is said to have a 660cc turbo three-cylinder engine and a CVT. No word on horsepower specs yet; like the old Copen, it is likely front-wheel drive.

While there's almost no chance of this car coming to the U.S. (Ha! HA!), the previous Copen was exported to the European market where it packed a larger 1.3-liter engine. If the Kopen goes into production, and it certainly looks close to that, maybe our friends across the pond can get in on the fun as well. (Update: I misspoke. They probably won't, as Daihatsu has ditched Europe.)

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maybe our friends across the pond can get in on the fun as well.

Not likely. Daihatsu seized exporting cars to Europe recently. Besides, while the Copen was fun you couldn't fit inside with the roof closed as an average sized male.