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Is This Nissan GT-R Lookalike Daihatsu Copen Worth 60,000 Australian Dollars?

Daihatsu Copen Liberty Walk Topshot
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Remember when Snapchat came out with that face-swapping filter, which people used with varying results? Sometimes, two people would swap faces and both look great, and sometimes the filter picked up something that wasn’t a face. I reckon this Daihatsu Copen up for sale in Australia leans more towards the former than the latter, as it features a second-facelift Nissan GT-R-like body kit made by Liberty Walk.

Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen Official

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Yes, the same company chiefly known for bolting overfenders to exotic cars also makes a kit to turn any second-generation Daihatsu Copen into a miniature Nissan GT-R lookalike, and this particular one seems to be featured on Liberty Walk’s website. Although the wheels are different, the yellow paint and Recaro seats check out, and how many of these GT-R mini-mes could possibly exist?

Daihatsu Copen Trims

If you aren’t familiar with the Daihatsu Copen, this tiny front-wheel-drive convertible falls under Japan’s kei class of vehicles, meaning it gets strategic tax breaks, makes a mere 63 horsepower, and fits pretty much wherever you please. This second-generation car came out in 2014 and is available in a variety of appearances, from a round-lamped retro model to a black-clad gravel road model to a GR Sport model. Right, back to the kit.

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Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen Front

As with most of Liberty Walk’s kits, the GT-R Copen kit appears well-done, scaling the GT-R’s fascia features down to kei car proportions while utilizing enough stock Copen lines to flow fairly well with the existing coachwork. I’m particularly pleased by how the grille silhouette has been cheated slightly to line up with the character lines coming off the stock hood.

Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen Profile

It’s worth noting that this is a fairly extensive kit, and one that should be reversible thanks to the second-gen Copen’s plastic-paneled construction. See, this Mk2 model was designed from the start to have swappable body panels for relatively inexpensive cosmetic alterations, so pretty much everything from the bumpers to the quarter panels just bolts on. Unsurprisingly, the light fixtures on this Copen are stock, likely to keep things legal and simple, but the bumpers, skirts, overfenders, mirror caps, and all the bumper trim comes purely from the mind of Liberty Walk.

Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen 1

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However, all this stuff doesn’t come cheap. The body kit with overfenders costs $3,432 to $4,235 depending on which wing you choose, but that’s only where the costs begin. The LED daytime running lights are an extra $121, the mirror covers retail for $374, the big old front splitter costs $330, the side lips $407, and the quad-tip exhaust a whopping $2,541. Add it all up and you’re looking at between $7,205 and $8,008 (heh) in Liberty Walk bits on a Daihatsu Copen.

Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen Interior

You’d be forgiven for expecting this pint-sized nose-swapped machine to feature a manual gearbox, but paddle shifters are clearly visible behind the ill-advised aftermarket steering wheel. A quick check of the listing confirms that yes, indeed, this is an automatic Daihatsu Copen, and the automatic option on the second-generation car doesn’t sound particularly scintillating. That’s because it’s a continuously variable transmission with seven fake fixed ratios. While likely the sensible pick for awful traffic, the standard five-speed manual gearbox sounds far more exciting for wringing the most out of the Copen’s little 658cc 63-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

Liberty Walk Daihatsu Copen Rear

So, is a GT-R-aping automatic Daihatsu Copen worth $60,000 Australian? Probably not. For context, a second-generation Subaru BRZ can be had for around $15,000 less, and without the kei car tax breaks of Japan, is a much more powerful yet still sharp car. Want a drop top? Well, that’s brand new Mazda MX-5 money, and then you get to choose a manual gearbox. However, if you are a bit eccentric and have a thing for Japanese tuning, perhaps you’re the right person for this odd Copen.

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(Photo credits: Seller, Liberty Walk, Daihatsu)

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Sean Ellery
Sean Ellery
9 months ago

>>>…Is This Nissan GT-R Lookalike Daihatsu Copen Worth 60,000 Australian Dollars?…<<<

No…

Gilbert Wham
Gilbert Wham
9 months ago

I love it, but fuck no, it is not worth 60 large, not even in upside-down bucks.

Gen-O Bernardo
Gen-O Bernardo
9 months ago

60k kangaroo coins…what’s that, 5k US? (checks exchange rate) 40k US??? NO

Ron888
Ron888
9 months ago

They is so close to awesome.Lift it a little and halve the price and i’m all in

Defenestrator
Defenestrator
9 months ago

This thing’s easily worth every penny of $6,000.

Oh, wait, there’s an extra zero there. Good luck with that.

RootWyrm
RootWyrm
9 months ago

Is This Nissan GT-R Lookalike Daihatsu Copen Worth 60,000 Australian Dollars?

Hell no.

But damn if it wouldn’t look good after you delete all the stupid. (Meaning the Liberty Wank stickers, the fake badging, and fake exposed rivets.)

Chronometric
Chronometric
9 months ago

Does it come with its own TikTok channel and Attention Whore clothing line?

Ben
Ben
9 months ago

The body kit is adorable. Some of the rest of the mods they made…not so much.

Data
Data
9 months ago

CP

Jon Bandai
Jon Bandai
9 months ago

This is dumb as hell and I absolutely love it

SW
SW
9 months ago

Nope.

Icouldntfindaclevername
Icouldntfindaclevername
9 months ago

At least they have a sense of humor
“image all the people living life in peace” printed on the door

Freelivin2713
Freelivin2713
9 months ago

No, that’s horrible! Almost threw up…

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago

It’s one thing to waste your life or time.
It’s another thing to build shit like this.

V10omous
V10omous
9 months ago

GT-R-aping automatic Daihatsu Copen

Real Sean Connery Celebrity Jeopardy possibilities with this one.

Col Lingus
Col Lingus
9 months ago
Reply to  V10omous

I’ll take Ape tit for 200 Trebeck.

Data
Data
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

Alex Trebek: It’s not “Ape Tit.” It’s A Petit..never mind! Let’s justgo to “Animal Sounds” for $600. This is the sound a doggy makes. [ Connery buzzes in ] Mr. Connery.

Sean Connery: Moo.

Alex Trebek: No.

Sean Connery: Well, that’s the sound your mother made last night!

Ben
Ben
9 months ago
Reply to  Col Lingus

I feel like the “The-rapists” episode is a more apt example here. 😉

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
9 months ago

While that’s way more money than I would be willing to spend on this, I love the frivolity of it. It makes me smile, and I feel strongly that the world needs more of this kind of silliness.

I guess the big question is, is there a kit for fitting a ‘bussa in there??

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
9 months ago

Quad exhaust on a 3 cylinder Kei car. That’s hilarious. I think the pistons would also easily fit into the pipes they’re so comically oversized for the car they’re on!

Scott
Scott
9 months ago

Not my thing personally, but I could see some kei car fanatic being into it, perhaps after watching all of the Fast and Furious movies in a back-to-back marathon fueled by energy drinks.

I honestly think that the regular (from the factory) Copen looks better in any of its versions, and that Cero/Cero5 one is downright attractive what with the blobby headlights, smiling grill, and simple fenders.

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