This Cute Land Rover Defender Is Actually A Japanese Kei Car

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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".

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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.

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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.

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