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Kei car drag race: which is fastest?

February 03, 2023 by

Great news for all you JDM fans out there, we’ve gathered five Japanese kei cars to see which is the fastest down the 1/4 mile. 

Kei cars are a staple of Japanese streets. They must be no more than 3.4 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, and the engine and power outputs are also regulated. As a result, all the cars we have here are fitted with 660cc three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines with 64hp.

Mat’s driving the Daihatsu Copen today. It has a five-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel-drive, and it has the most torque here at 108Nm. It’s also the heaviest though at 800kg thanks to that folding metal roof.

Next up is the Autozam AZ1. It’s the only mid-engined car here, and it sends power to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. It has 85Nm of torque and weighs in at 720kg.

The Suzuki Alto Works is the first car here to have all-wheel-drive, which may improve the launch. Power is sent through a five-speed manual gearbox and it also has 85Nm of torque. The Alto tips the scales at 700kg.

The lightest car here is the Suzuki Cappuccino, coming in at 679kg. It’s front-engined and rear-wheel-drive with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the 660cc engine kicks out 85Nm of torque.

Finally, we have the Mitsubishi Minica Dangan. It’s the second car here with all-wheel-drive, however it also has the least torque at 75Nm. The Dangan weighs 720kg.

So which of these dinky Tokyo runarounds will come out on top? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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