Remember the fetching Daihatsu Copen Coupe concept from the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon? Well, you weren’t alone – such was the public response for the cute little two-door at the show that Daihatsu has decided to build the thing. Just 200 units will be made.

As with the show car, the Coupe is based on the Copen Cero, a bug-eyed version of the roadster that’s reminiscent of the original Copen. In place of the usual folding hardtop sits a fixed carbon fibre roof, a conversion that has likely been eased by the standard car’s Dress-Formation removable body panels. As the rear clamshell is now part of the roof, a small glass rear hatch instead provides access to the boot.

The Coupe also comes with the world’s first anti-fogging windscreen, utilising glassmaker AGC’s eXeview coating. A bunch of options on the regular Copen have also been fitted as standard, including 16-inch forged BBS alloy wheels, a Momo steering wheel (models fitted with a CVT get paddle shifters too) and a limited-slip differential for the manual variant.

Buyers can still specify a few dealer-fitted options, such as a new HKS sports muffler, a HKS suspension kit and a Diatone sound system upgrade. Only two colour options available – British Green Mica with a tan interior and Pearl White III with a black interior.

Mechanicals remain unchanged, so the Coupe remains powered by a 660 cc turbocharged three-cylinder as per kei car regulations, producing 64 PS at 6,400 rpm and 92 Nm of torque at 3,200 rpm. It is paired to either a CVT with a seven-speed function or a five-speed manual gearbox.

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