Daihatsu Copen LA400K

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2002 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4

Thanks for your advice, help, perserverance and general assistance with importing/complying the Legnum. Has been a truly fantastic car in amazing condition guaranteed to get me strange looks every time it spools :D Thought I'd give you an update as it's been in my hands for a couple months now and I can report it has been pretty much fault free. I don't even have the optional factory fitted noisy hydraulic lifters 90% of the users on ozvr4 complain about!

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- Joe T Brisbane, Australia 2002 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4

 

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Daihatsu Copen

The Copen (LA400K series) is a small, convertible kei-car fun mobile made by Daihatsu. A kei car is a special catergory of vehicle in Japan designed to ease congestion and reduce emissions as the ultimate town car. Kei cars have restrictions on their size, engine capacity and even power output.

Interestingly, the Copen was designed with 13 outer body panels that can be replaced or customized for a different look... what Daihatsu calls a "dressformation". As such there are a few different looking versions of the same car available including the Robe, the Cero and the XPlay, with more info on each below.

The Copen gets excellent fuel economy at 4.8L / 100km (25.3km per litre) as the cited specs, power is from a turbo charged 660cc engine with a 5 speed manual or 7 speed continuously variable transmission (CVT). Power is the Japanese kei car maximum limit of 47kW, the performance is far superior to what this figure suggests given the lightweight body and close ratio gearboxes.

The new Copen introduced in 2014 replaces the popular previous version sold for a decade. Handling has been drastically improved with the new chassis being 3 times stronger than the original.

Features can include:

Two piece power folding hard top roofs Multiple airbags
Brake Assist Electronic Braking Distribution
Traction control Stability control
Climate control Heated seats
Push button start Smart key access
Recaro seats Momo airbag steering wheel
Optional forged BBS wheels LSD optional on manual models


MODEL LINEUP

Robe
The standard model with slightly aggressive styling This model is allowed for import
Cero
A version with rounder headlights and tail lights and matching body kit more reminiscient in styling to the original shape Copen. This model is allowed for import
XPlay
A black and body coloured two tone version with different body kit and wheel arch extensions. The XPlay also has a metallic trim finish dashboard rather than carbon fiber trim of the Robe and Cero, and has red gauges with a silver ring surround, and different wheels This model is allowed for import
Robe S, Cero S and XPlay S
The same models as above, however the S versions have sportier Recaro seats and a Momo airbag steering wheel. These models are allowed for import

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