The Daihatsu X-021, which was introduced in 1991 was a
proposal for a lightweight, two-seat sports car to rival
the Mazda MX-5.
The Daihatsu X-021 was an advanced vehicle which displayed
some promising tech and specifications. It featured an
aluminium space frame chassis, plastic bodywork, and race-derived
Powering the X-021 was a 1.6 litre. 16 valve, inline 4
cylinder engine which produced 140 horsepower. In such
a diminutive vehicle, which weighed just 700 kgs (1,543
lbs), this drivetrain gave the X-021 a top speed of 125
mph (200 km/h).
The X-021 is one of those 'what could have been' cars.
It's so unfortunate that rather than developing this little
firecracker of a roadster, Daihatsu decided to go ahead
and produce the Copen instead.
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