New engine and price for Daihatsu Copen

Daihatsu’s Copen model has been revitalised with a new engine and an "ultra competitive" reduced price of £10,995 on the road.

This is £2,500 less than the original model, introduced in 2004, which attracted an enthusiastic fan club that was won over by its "cute, timeless looks, effortless electric metal folding roof and nimble handling", according to Daihatsu.

The new 1.3-litre engine is described as "punchy" but "more frugal" than the previous model, with higher gearing to enhance refinement.

It was originally designed only for the Japanese Kei-car market until Daihatsu’s UK importer negotiated the reengineering of the turbo petrol unit to comply with European requirements.

Aesthetically a minor change has been implemented in the form of a small rear boot spoiler and a range of new colours.

Paul Tunnicliffe, managing director of Daihatsu, said: "We are all car enthusiasts here at Daihatsu and were instrumental in bringing the original model to market in the UK.

"With this lively new engine and a highly competitive price, we are delighted not only to have a ‘halo’ model in our range but to be able to offer fellow enthusiasts such a characterful and affordable fun car."

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