Out of the many things we love about Japan, kei cars have got be right at the top of that list. It’s just hard to hate on these cute little automobiles, wouldn’t you agree?
They’re quirky, they’re practical, and more important, they make for good modification platforms. Take the Daihatsu Copen, for example. While it certainly isn’t as practical as other kei cars from Japan, this eccentric roadster is definitely a good canvass for customization.
As a matter of fact, even the guys back at Liberty Walk themselves have done their magic on the tiny Daihatsu already. A couple of years back, the Japanese tuner rolled out the Copen GT-K, which is basically a baby Godzilla. Needless to say, we liked that one. But now, that slammed Copen has resurfaced albeit with a slightly new look, and we have to say that we dig this version more than we do the first one.
It still has that Nissan GT-R badge up front and it basically has the same riveted widebody exterior that its makers are known for, but this exterior has been finished with what seem to be Marlboro racing decals, and it makes the beefed-up Copen look even sportier than ever.
A racing-inspired finish is all that it gets, though, because nothing seems to have been tweaked under the hood. That means you still get the same 660cc engine that generates a measly 63hp, so you still can’t do blistering 0-100kph runs with this one.
Not that we care, though, because we like the kei car as it is. Besides, even Gazoo Racing—known for producing performance-oriented vehicles out of standard Toyotas—left the engine bay untouched when it did its work on the Copen a while back.
In any case, what do you think of this build from Liberty Walk? Check out more photos of it below, and tell us what you think in the comments.