Toyota has revealed a hot GR Sport version of its subsidiary company Daihatsu’s Copen convertible. The compact two-seater, built to Japan’s Kei car specifications, receives a number of styling and chassis upgrades to create an entry point into Toyota’s growing range of performance models.
Toyota’s 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 Copen’s 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 car’s 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 Daihatsu’s seats are replaced with performance-oriented Recaro ones, while the speedometer and rev counter are redesigned to reinforce the car’s sporting ambitions. There are eight colour options for the exterior, but the Copen GR Sports’ interior can only be specified in black.
The Copen’s 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder engine is retained, sending power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual or 7-speed CVT gearbox.
As things stand, the GR Sport Copen convertible will only be offered in the Japanese market, where it can be equipped with additional TRD skirts, spoilers, bumpers, etc.
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