Smart Fortwo

Smart Fortwo

The auto industry and the fashion world have had collaborations since time immemorial. So it comes as no surprise that with the 2013 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, we’re seeing more and more of these partnerships come out of the woodwork again.

The latest one comes by way of smart and French urban fashion label Zadig & Voltaire. Considering the target market for both companies - the young, lifestyle-oriented, “it” crowd - the smart/Zadig & Voltaire collaboration appears to be, well, a "smart" one.

Available for both the coupe and cabriolet models of the fortwo , the Zadig & Voltaire limited edition will come to Geneva dressed to impress in a black finish with a silver motif trim that’s distinctively dressed in the famous Zadig & Voltaire styling. The mirror caps also stand out for the choice of color while the LED daytime running lights add a touch of luxury to the normally subdued compact car.

Inside, the modifications are more striking, particularly the use of a black and anthracite leather with matching yellow stitching, including the enormous yellow embroidery on the back seat that pretty much tells you who designed this car: "smart by ZV".

If you look at the lower part of the dashboard and doors, more of the black and anthracite leather with embossed pattern and yellow stitching can be found, ensuring that there’s no way you’ll ever think of the smart fortwo by Zadir & Voltaire as just a standard model.

As soon as it finishes its stop at the Geneva, the fortwo Zadig & Voltaire Edition will retail in dealerships for €17,100 ($22,876) for the coupe and €20,450 ($27,358) for the cabrio.

Smart ForFour

It’s been a while since we last heard something about the smart fortwo and forfour , but today our spy photographers have caught the two prototypes during winter testing in Sweden. The forfour will be pretty much identical to the fortwo, as it will be just a four-door version of the latter.

Both the forfour and fortwo will be built on a new platform that will also be used for the next-generation Twingo, and a future model from Nissan. This new platform has been developed as a recent cooperation between Daimler, Renault and Nissan. Despite rumors suggesting that Renault Renault has dropped interest in this co-operation, the two mules were seen with French plates and a Dacia Dacia Duster with French plates was used as a security vehicle to protect the two prototypes. Those facts could mean nothing, but they could also mean that Renault has regained interest.

Both the fortwo and forfour were heavily camouflaged, but rumors suggested that the production version will take inspiration from the Smart forstars concept revealed at the 2012 Paris Car Show.

Expect the new-generation Fortwo to hit the market in 2014, with the forfour coming in 2015.

While waiting for the upcoming ForTwo , Smart has unveiled another special edition based on the current ForTwo called the CityFlame edition. This new special edition is in both coupe and cabrio styles, and draped in flame yellow paint. The model will be priced at €14,490 (about $19,000 at the current exchange rates). There will be only 2,400 units built, so its rareness alone should make it a pretty desired ForTwo.

This very cool yellow paint will be combined with black highlights on the tridion safety cell and a set of exclusive black 3-double-spoke alloy wheels and the black side-view-mirror caps.

For the interior, Smart added high-quality seats in black leather optic with yellow leather inserts and a black instrument panel with the same yellow stitching. The model also received a 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles and yellow stitching, and specially produced floor mats embroidered with the logo "cityflame".

UPDATE 04/17/13: Smart has released pricing for the special edition ForTwo City Flame Edition. The base price for the vehicle is £10,995, which is about $16,800 based on current exchange rates.

We have seen all kinds of crazy things in the past, but by far this one is the one of the looniest. Smart , in collaboration with fashion designer Jeremy Scott, have unveiled a very strange-looking smart fortwo electric drive at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Called smart forjeremy this interesting concept has been described as "an avant-garde and futuristic smart with loving details based on the overriding wing theme." The concept is painted in bright white and on each side you will notice a wing made of transparent fiberglass. These wings are decorated with rocket-shaped elements and serve as rear and brake lights. The car’s white paint has been combined with a chrome-plated tridion cell, chromed eyebrows, mirror caps and the frame around the radiator grille.

The car is equipped with wider rear tires and wider rear wheel arches that reveal a very interesting set of wheels shaped like airplane propellers.

The same white theme continues into the cabinr where the designer opted for fine white Nappa leather for the instrument panel, seats and door trim. The leather is contrasted by chrome surfaces on the main door trim, the closing handles, the instrument panel side boomerangs and the characteristic rings around the instruments. The driver will enjoy an open-top white steering wheel with two chrome spokes.

The smart forjeremy is based on the current production version of the smart fortwo electric drive powered by a 73-horsepower electric motor. It can sprint from 0 to 60 km/h (37.3 mph) in 4.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 125 km/h (77.7 mph).

Click past the jump to read smart’s press release.

Okay, so the 2013 Smart Fortwo may not be our No. 1 pick for top sports car of the year, but it’s still a neat concept. It gets 34 mpg city and 38 highway and pumps out 70 horsepower from its 1-liter 3-cylinder engine, plus it’s only $12K brand new. Though it may not hold up in the “cool” department, its advertising department sure knows how to get you looking.

Here’s a good look at exactly just how creative these folks are getting in order to have you even catch a glimpse of the fortwo. Here you have a pair of professional skateboarders in Kilian Martin and Alfredo Urban doing something that is rarely seen in the skateboarding world, take a tandem ride and actually pulling off some pretty impressive moves.

As a former wannabe skater, I can tell you that even executing a kick flip by yourself is taxing enough, but to do so with two people on a single board is impressive. Beyond that, you have these guys interacting with one another all while keeping the board straight and making sure they don’t fall off and break something.

This commercial really brings back the old blue jeans commercials from the late 1990s where there is all of this distracting cool stuff going on – hot chicks, cool cars, a big party, etc. – then at the very end you catch a quick glimpse of the jeans. Well, this is the same way, only you catch a quick 5-second glimpse of the 2013 smart fortwo, which just jumped up a notch on our coolness level.

Anyways, have a look above and check out the sweet stunts these two pull off. Even if you’ve never stepped on a skateboard, you can’t help but be impressed by the athletic ability and concentration by these two.

Brabus and Smart are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a unique and exclusively equipped "10th anniversary" ForTwo special model. The model will be limited to only 100 units and will be offered in both coupe and cabrio body versions.

This special edition is based on the current Smart Fortwo Brabus , but gets a few distinctive features which will help the clients to further identify it. On the exterior, the the tridion safety cell, the front grille, front spoiler, side skirts, and the door mirrors are painted in liquid silver which contrasts with titanium-coloured headlamps and red Brabus logos at the front and rear.

The interior is wrapped in black leather contrasting with trim parts painted in an exclusive red and a black seat console. There is also a Brabus sports steering wheel, a starter button integrated in the gear shift lever knob, and a badge with the model’s serial number (xx/100).

Under the hood, the Smart ForTwo Brabus 10th Anniversary gets a 102 HP engine which can go up to a top speed of 155 km/h (96 mph).

The Dark Knight Rises has been heating up cinemas for the past few days, so it seems only fitting that with the last part of the trilogy in cinemas today, we take a look at one of the most enduring stars of the famed DC super hero movie franchise. No, we’re not talking about Alicia Silverstone’s Batgirl character from Batman and Robin. What we’re referring to is the Batmobile, the Dark Knight’s very own ride-of-choice.

In this section though, we’re going to pay tribute - we use that word loosely - to the five worst Batmobile replicas we’ve ever seen. Some are more eye-cringing than the others, but rest assured, none of them would pass the standards of Bruce Wayne.

Heck, we don’t even think the Joker would be caught dead riding in one of these so-called Batmobiles.

So here it is, folks. Prepare to cringe, laugh, or whatever emotion these pictures will do to you.

Find out TopSpeed’s five worst Batmobile replicas after the jump

Daimler’s Smart lineup has been begging for an electric variant since its inception, due to its small stature and focus on being more “green” than other cars on the road. It took some time, but Smart finally did debut an electric variant and it is now due for an upgrade. Well, after much delay, the redesigned Smart electric drive – yes, it’s all lowercase letters to stay true to the “smart” way – is finally set to hit the streets without hitting the filling station.

With the influx of EVs in the marketplace, can the puny smart fortwo really stand up to the challenge? The fortwo has always been a niche car and adding in the hum of an electric motor in the place of its three-pot gasoline power plant just places it into an even narrower niche.

Only time will truly tell whether this car will gain any traction in the EV market, but we are all set to dive into it and tell you what to expect. We will also let you know if this car is one for the ages or one that you can live without.

Click past the jump to read our full review.

The Smart Fortwo has received yet another special edition. Orders for the new Fortwo Iceshine Edition will be taken starting this month, while the first deliveries will be made in October 2012. The model can be ordered in either white or exclusive azure blue and will be priced from €14,490 - about $18,200. Only 1800 units will be produced.

The white or the azure blue exterior paint of the Smart Fortwo Iceshine Edition will be combined with white tridion safety cell, white alloy wheels in new 3-double-spoke design, LED daytime driving lights, and a special logo on the mirror triangle.

For the interior, the model gets exclusive leather-effect seats with a white fabric insert on the backrest and white stitching, as well as a 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles and white stitching. The list of standard equipment will include automatic gear program, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, and a panoramic roof with sun-blind.

UPDATE 09/04/12: Smart has officially launched the ForTwo Iceshine Edition in the UK. Of the 1,800 units of the Fortwo Iceshine that Smart built, 155 will be earmarked for UK customers, costing £10,500 - that’s about $16,657 based one current exchange rates - a pop.

Mercedes -owned Smart and German tuning company Brabus make so many tuning projects its becoming hard to keep track of how many they’ve released together.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , the two are at it again with another iteration of the ForTwo Electric Drive . This time, the glossy black city car will come with a partner in the form of the Smart Brabus bike.

As for the ForTwo ED, Brabus dressed up the little urban dweller with the aforementioned glossy black finish that they matched with a green tridion safety cell and door mirror caps, exuding a sexy cool vibe that ForTwos aren’t usually known for. Adding to the appeal of this program are other additions, including a new front spoiler, a new rear apron insert with double reflectors, dark headlamp housings, and a new set of Brabus’ very own 16" and 17" Monoblock VII alloy wheels. Inside, there are plenty of other assortments, including trim upgrades on the instrument panel matched to a leather interior door trim. Speaking of leather, the program also consists of leather seats, further adding an edge to the ForTwo’s otherwise conservative look. Brabus also added stainless steel sports pedals with rubber nubs and fitted their own hand-brake handle and dashboard instruments.

Under its hood, the Smart Brabus Electric Drive comes with a subtle increase in output, not too shabby for a car that doesn’t really speak the language of speed. With a 30 kW magneto-electric motor, Brabus was able to bump up the output from the standard 75 horsepower to 82 horsepower while also improving the torque levels to 100 lb/ft. It isn’t much, but at least it’s something.


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