They say imitation is the best form of flattery.
The Japanese aftermarket scene isn't all about crazy engine swaps and SEMA builds; the JDM tuning scene also has a lighter side and loves to create oddball machines that pay homage to classic machines. Enter DAMD, a tuner that specializes in turning small Japanese econoboxes into cool-looking rides. We've covered the company's body kit for the Toyota 86 that evolves it into a Lexus LFA, and we adored the Suzuki Jimny it transformed into a Mercedes G-Class. The company's latest offering takes the humble Daihatsu Taft and transforms it into a mini version of an off-road-ready Land Rover Defender. The best part? It's named "Little D".
Little D started life out as a Daihatsu Taft but was quickly transformed into what you see before you thanks to a selection of custom body parts. The front-end now houses a new Defender-esque grille and front bumper, and even the hood cover resembles a classic Defenders,' while the "Little D" branding resembles that of a true Land Rover Defender. DAMD also offers a large range of decals that include sayings such as "Adventure of a Lifetime" and the British Union Jack. Up top, there's also a wood-grained roof rack.
Little D's interior now features green plaid fabric seats with black vinyl contrasts, or Gray and Royal Red. The car underneath is no Defender by any stretch of the imagination: the Taft weighs only 1,830 lbs and is 133.7 inches long. This five-door hatchback is officially classified as a Kei car in Japan and is powered by a range of 658 cc three-cylinder engines, with the most powerful version sporting a turbocharger and 63 horsepower. It goes without saying that neither the Daihatsu Taft, nor the DAMD body kit is available in the US, so we'd suggest buying a real Land Rover Defender instead.