Kei Central

Discussion in 'Cars in General' started by 05XR8, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. 05XR8

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    All things kei related. Classic, current, concept, custom, favorite, racer.

    One of, if not the first: Auto Sandal FS
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    Suzuki Hustler
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    Daihatsu Copen Shooting Brake
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  2. MrWaflz55

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    Insert pictures of the Group C Autozam AZ-1 here:

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  3. -Fred-

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    Cappuccino is life.

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  4. LivingWithGames

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    Cannot spell kei cars without this cute Daihatsu Midget II.
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    Or the Subaru 360.
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    But the next two wins it for me. Subaru Sambar and Daihatsu Mira Walk-through Van respectively.
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  6. 05XR8

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    I mean, who wouldn't?
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  7. -Fred-

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    Back Yard Special Honda Beat, complete with a 200+hp B18C Integra Type-R engine swap.

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  8. 05XR8

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    A kei MR is too good. Even though Capuccino's are around where I live, if I come across a Beat, I'll have to scoop it up. But these are so much fun to convert
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    >take Suzuki's most beloved Kei-car
    >shoehorn in the engine bay one of Suzuki's most glorious engines, the 1300cc 16v G13B.
    >add a turbo for good measure
    >win at life
     

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    That N360 is perfect :drool:
     
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  12. Turbo

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    Here are a few interesting Kei cars that aren't talked about enough. None of these made an appearance in GT.

    1972-1978 Subaru Rex GSR:
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    The GSR was the sportiest model of the first-generation Rex. Featuring a fine-tuned suspension and sports tires, it was a star at taking tight turns. It's tiny two-cylinder engine produced 37 horsepower at most, which doesn't seem like much at all. However, this car was much lighter than it's competition, weighing in at under 500kg.

    2004-2009 Daihatsu Trevis GT:
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    The GT was the sportiest and most upmarket trim of the uniquely-designed Daihatsu Trevis. Visually, it was a smaller, but more modern rendition of the original Mini Cooper. It's engine was not supercharged, but still produced 63 horsepower, which was powerful by lei-car standards. The Trevis GT was never sold in Japan (sold only in Europe).

    1981 Suzuki CV1:
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    CV1 was perhaps Suzuki's most daring attempt at creating a new kei car, besides the Cappuccino. "CV" stood for Community Vehicle, and it was supposed to be "the kei vehicle of the future". Powered by a 50cc engine, it was not fast at all, topping out at 21 mph. It was very light, though, weighing 160kg. Unfortunately, the CV1 never really caught on with the Japanese public, therefore only a small batch of these were sold.
     
  13. 05XR8

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    Just to add:
    The popular L700 Gino conversions in Japan and Malaysia. I haven't seen any in Australia. Yet. ;)
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  14. The Vanishing Boy

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    -> ...
    ^ Um, the City was never classified as a Kei.

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    -> I simply love the JDM-spec Jimnys! These things are so epic that it rolls with the usual JDM tuner scene, this HyperREV proves it:

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    ^ These Kei-Jimnys is way different compared to the usual (wide-bodied) Jimny 1.3L that the whole world is familiar with!

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    Where I used to live, I remember seeing a Subaru Sambar with a VW Bus body kit. I've also seen at least a few kei trucks and vans around. They're tiny compared to North American vehicles.
     
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    That mini-Vandura is seriously the cutest thing ever.

    Another Alto Works, a car I discovered in GT2 (as far as I can remember Suzuki was not in the original) that could be tuned to be a giant killer... I'll always remember hunting down STis and Evos around Midfield and Grand Valley in that thing. :D
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    Pajero Mini probably the best base for a SWB offroad monster.


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    Back when Subaru made a good Kei car the Vivio RX-R, shame it didn't get a Mini Boxer engine, would of been the most iconic Kei car imo.

    Colin Mcrae even did the Safari Rally with the Vivio: [​IMG]
     
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  20. 05XR8

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    Say, Subaru are looking into developing 1.2L boxer NA & possibly turbo, for the Impreza in the near future. Japan being Japan, if it happens, might see some conversions, if those engines don't get applied to kei cars.
     
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    ^ Besides GT2:

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    -> I always remembered this tiny Subie from this iconic anime...



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    used to be my favourite kei car to use in the kei car races.
     
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    The new Honda N-One is tempting:

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  25. VXR

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    Love Kei cars. Will love this thread.
     
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    I haven't checked on the Daihatsu Copen in a while, lets see if they still make it...

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    Wow, it looks like quite the little R8 now, huh?
     
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    I would pay so much money to have a Cappuccino in my garage.
     
  28. Naveek Darkroom

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    I bet a Cappuccino would be a great base vehicle for tuning.
     
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  29. 05XR8

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    Suzuki do fun sport type cars, pretty well.

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    I'd love to get one. The 1st Gen sell between $7k-$13kAUD.
     
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  30. 05XR8

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    Yamaha AMI
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