The Japanese domestic market is like an alternate universe for us outsiders and its quirkiness doesn't cease to amaze us.
As the 2019 Tokyo Auto Salon (January 11-14) is drawing nearer, new JDM creations start to emerge, such as the Daihatsu Copen Coupe. Yes, after many years of being a roadster, the Copen will finally get the fixed roof people have been asking for.You may remember that at the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, Daihatsu unveiled a fixed-roof Copen concept based on the retro-styled Copen Cerro. The study got a very warm reception from visitors who got really excited about the prospect of a Copen Coupe. This prompted Daihatsu to seriously consider building it. In the end, it decided to do it, albeit in a limited run of 200 units.Inspired by the Copen study, the Copen Coupe features a CFRP fixed top (optionally available with a glass sunroof) that descends towards the rear end in a fastback-like design.Scheduled to enter production and start deliveries next year in April to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the second-generation Copen, the coupe variant will offer a pretty comprehensive standard equipment. Features include a Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel (CVT models also get paddle shifters), limited slip differential for enhanced cornering abilities, BBS forged aluminum wheels, and serialized plates on the center console.Optional extras will include a sports muffler and HKS suspension. No modifications were made with regard to the engine, however, which is a modest 64 hp 0.66-liter turbocharged three-cylinder required by Japanese law to allow the Copen to be classified as a Kei car.Prices range from 2,484,000 yen (about $22,250) for the CVT-equipped model and 2,505,600 yen ($22,450) for the manual version.