Liberty Walk Transforms Daihatsu Copen Into A Mini Nissan GT-R
3 October 2017 - Carbuzz
No, we're not sure why this exists either.
You never quite know what the lunatics at Liberty Walk are going to cook up next. The Japanese tuner is notorious for producing polarizing widebody kits for exotic supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador, sports cars like the Nissan GT-R, and, more recently, muscle cars like the fabled Ford Mustang. We weren't very surprised when the tuner revealed its Mustang widebody kit as the Dodge Challenger had already received the same treatment. This, though, has to be one of Liberty Walk's most bizarre creations yet.
For reasons unbeknown to us, the tuner has decided to convert a dinky Daihatsu Copen subcompact into a mini Nissan GT-R. The Copen's unassuming face has been modified to mimic the most recent facelifted version of the GT-R, complete with a metallic V-shaped accent in the grille, which fits the subcompact convertible surprisingly well. Elsewhere, the tuner's signature bolt-on fender flares have been fitted to the Copen's dainty body, including new side sills, front and rear bumpers and dual exhausts on both sides. And of course, no Liberty Walk body kit is complete without an overly large rear wing.
As if converting a small Japanese kei car into a Nissan GT-R lookalike wasn't already weird enough, Liberty Walk has wrapped the Copen in a material that makes the car look like it's crumbling apart. The material also covers the headlights and taillights, so there's no way you would be able to drive it safely on the road. No other details are provided, but if you're wondering why this bizarre custom car even exists, a social media post by Liberty Walk suggests it could be a show car to promote Liberty Walk at the upcoming J Nation show in Japan on October 9th, so it may never be sold to the public. That's probably for the best.
Those expecting the customized Copen to provide performance on a par with the GT-R are going to be disappointed, because the subcompact is powered by a 658-cubic-centimeter engine producing 63-horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque.