2019 Toyota Copen GR Sport: Kei convertible toughened by Gazoo Racing

Toyota has taken the Daihatsu Copen kei car convertible to its Gazoo Racing department so it can be sold in Toyota dealerships with improved handling.

The racing department established by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda has fitted the Copen with extra underbody bracing to make the body stiffer.

There’s new shock absorber tuning with red coil springs, retuned electric power steering, and a limited slip differential for manual models.

There’s also a new front bumper with larger intakes, Recaro seats, piano black interior trim, Momo steering wheel, gray BBS wheels, and tinted LED headlamps and taillights.

The 660cc I3 turbo is unchanged. Sales begin in Japan in November with the 5-speed manual from ¥2,435,000 (US$22,450), and the CVT with 7 artificial gears from ¥2,380,000 (US$21,950).