Smart already used us with lots of special editions for their ForTwo model. And today is time for another one: the smart fortwo pearlgrey. As it name suggests the model is painted in an exclusive exclusive graphite metallic paintwork in combination with a silver tridion safety cell and silver alloy wheels. The model is priced at €14,490 ($20,500). The model will go on sale in November 2011.
The interior gets an exclusive leather package in crystal gray. This special leather is also being used on the top part of the instrument panel in black imitation leather with contrasting light gray seams, a knee pad in crystal gray imitation leather and door trims in a combination of crystal gray imitation leather and fabric.
The list of standard equipment will include: softouch automatic gear programme, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control and a transparent panoramic roof with sun-blind among other features.
Mercedes Italy has revealed a new special edition model based on the Smart ForTwo Cabrio. It’s called the Brabus Le Bleue and will be limited to only 60 units on the Italian market only.
The first thing that will distinguish the special edition is a plain dark blue metallic paint and special alloy wheels Brabus Monoblock VII 6-twin-spoke 16-inch front and 17 "rear. On the interior, the model will add a soft beige color, with contrasting leather seats and door trim with blue stitching and the Brabus logo. The list of standard equipment includes: navigation system with integrated multi-media touch screen display, CD / DVD player, iPod interface, USB and Bluetooth hands-free.
Like with all the other Brabus models, the new Smart ForTwo Cabrio Le Bleue is powered by the same 102 hp engine that accelerates the car from 0 to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 96 mph, with fuel consumption and emissions of 5.2 l/100 km and 119 g / km of CO2.
We all know that Kobe Bryant takes helicopter rides to go to his home games and jumps over Aston Martins like nobody’s business. What we didn’t know is that he could also fight crime, armed only with a basketball and...a Smart car.
In a market that’s as huge and as basketball crazed as China, Smart played it perfectly by tapping into one of the most popular basketball players in the world to be the brand’s resident ambassador and crime-fighter.
The new ad aims to educate Smart owners and more importantly, would-be owners on the merits of driving a car as small, agile, and city-ready as the ForTwo. Heck, if a 6’6" basketball player with spider-like legs can take down a fleeing art criminal, who says that you wouldn’t be able to do it too.
Check out the video of the Black Mamba and the Smar ForTwo in crime-fighting action.
Throughout the past several weeks the economy of the United States and other large importers of oil have struggled to maintain positive amidst the turmoil in the middle-east. Civil unrest and pressure have led to a decrease in oil production and increase in the price for a single barrel. We have seen prices reach the $100 mark and beyond, and there are no signs of a ceiling.
These two year highs for the price of crude oil have led to OPEC releasing more supplies from our reserves, but it has not quelled the price hike. California is currently suffering from the highest prices nationwide and they have reached within a cent of $4.00 per gallon for regular unleaded. This has put added strain on a struggling economic environment for many people and, if this continues, it will drag our economy further down. With cars like the Toyota Prius and other hybrids hitting the market every week, it is good to see that the manufacturers are realizing that gasoline will not be the answer to our future problems.
The major auto shows and car introductions across the world, including the biggest in the United States, Detroit, are where auto manufacturers try to sell the public hot-air. Most of the amazing and futuristic concept cars are so far on the other side of being a production possibility they might as well be alien. The recent economic climate across the world has shifted the car companies in a new direction and the consumer continues to pull them even further. People are eager for cars that are economical and exciting – most people enjoy driving, just not having to pay $4.00 per gallon to do it. Full story
After previewing two of their Geneva-bound works – the Brabus Rocket and the Brabus SLS – the German tuning company has released the first official photo of their third and final Geneva offering: the Brabus Smart ForTwo Ultimate.
For a company that specializes on upgrading Mercedes and Maybach vehicles, Brabus doesn’t always get to work on Smart-branded vehicles. As a matter of fact, the Smart ForTwo Ultimate will only be the second Smart vehicle to be tuned by Brabus, after the Ultimate 101 back in 2006.
Details behind the overall package are still being withheld, but unlike the two other vehicles headed for Geneva, Brabus decided to release a photo of the Ultimate Smart ForTwo in all its glory. Looking at the photo, you’ll notice that the car comes in the same matte gray body finish as the two other vehicles. There also appears to be some hints of carbon fiber on the car as well as some fancy – at least as far as Smart standards are concerned – set of Brabus machined-alloy wheels on the car. While they have yet to release information on what’s under the car’s hood, we’ve been informed that the Ultimate Smart ForTwo will also come with a modified engine.
The Smart Ultimate, together with the Brabus Rocket and the Brabus SLS, will make their debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Be sure to check back with us to find out more information on this decked-out Smart ForTwo when details become available.
Smart is offering its customers the possibility to customize their Fortwo in 33 exclusive designs, that include: "Flying Flag", "Modern Flame", "Double Sport Stripe", "Graffiti", "Rainbow" and "Butterflies". The new program is called "smart foryou customization programme" and includes unique graphics that can be applied to the body panels and tridion safety cell.
Customers will be able to purchase individual elements, packages that include designs for front, side and rear body panels, and full body wraps. prices will range from £50 and will go up to £1900 for a full ‘Carbon smart’ body wrap.
Gary Savage, Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said: ”Many owners see their smart as an extension of their personality and smart foryou allows them to show this to full effect. The added style of smart foryou optimizes owners’ enjoyment of their cars but for business users it can be an invaluable addition to their company, providing a very cost-effective means of advertising that is both mobile and very eye catching."
It seems that the new generation Smart ForTwo has received lots of special editions lately. Just the other day we spoke of the new ForTwo Lightshine Edition, and now Smart has revealed the NightOrange edition. Painted in a combination of bright orange and elegant black, the new NightOrange edition will go on sale starting February 2011 in two petrol versions and a diesel version. Both coupe and cabrio versions will be available.
For the exterior, the new NightOrange edition combines an exclusive orange metallic finish with black insertions on the headlamp trims, black mirror caps, and roof. The same black and orange theme continues on the interior with a mix of leather and fabric seats in black with an orange sport stripe in the middle, black door trims, a black instrument panel, and a black 3-spoke sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift and gear knob.
The ForTwo NightOrange Edition will give the customer a choice of three engines, including a 71 HP petrol engine with micro hybrid drive technology, an 84 HP petrol engine, and a 54 HP diesel engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter.
Smart UK is celebrating the beginning of the new year with a new special edition Fortwo. Called the ForTwo Lightshine Edition, this new model emphasizes the enhancements to the latest new generation smart Fortwo and reaffirms the cdi model as the CO2 world champion for combustion engine vehicles.
"The smart ForTwo Lightshine Edition epitomizes the values of smart, the model offering an unrivaled fusion of eye-catching style, comfort and environmental compatibility in a fun-to-own and drive package," said Gary Savage, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
"Based on the cdi, the ForTwo Lightshine Edition demonstrates how the innovative brand continually evolves to meet customers’ requirements, the special edition being the perfect choice for today’s car buyers who wish to drive something that is both unique and entertaining but who do not wish to compromise on economy, practicality and affordability."
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Smart ForTwo Lightshine Edition. Full story
There must be something going around because it seems as though a lot of tuners have been showing an increased interest in small cars lately. And while the Fiat 500 is the most loved model, it seems that the Smart Fortwo has also started to catch tuners attentions. Romeo Ferraris, whom you might remember from their tuning package for the Corvette Z06, is offering a kit for the Fortwo that improves both the car’s appearance and performance.
Thanks to the addition of a new sport air filter and a re-mapped ECU, the three-cylinder 1-liter engine’s output has been increased by 23 hp and 32 Nm of torque for a total of 98 hp, while the 800 cc engine version gets an additional 21 hp and 20 Nm of torque
Next to the engine upgrades, the package also includes new 17 inch, black alloy wheels, different carbon inserts, leather and Alcantara for the interior, an updated dashboard, seats, and an instrument panel.
We can’t say this package thrills us or even excites us in any way, but it’s not a bad gig for a vehicle that was lacking to begin with.
Usually when it comes about tuning a model, in general you expect to see significant power upgrades and exterior and interior updates. But Lorinser will bring at the upcoming Essen Motor Show an Easybrid package based on the Smart Fortwo that adds a retrofit electric hub motor with 30 kW (41 HP) additional effective output.
Easybrid® supports the existing fuel- or diesel engines of the individual cars and renders an additional power of approximately 30 kW (about 41hp) for improved acceleration- and final speed outputs. At the same time, the consumption- and CO2-levels drop. As electric engines are very powerful and their maximum torque is reached after only one revolution, it is also possible to move these cars solely on an electric basis.
With this retrofit solution, Lorinser does not only cover all advantages of modern hybrid acceleration, but also allows the driver to choose his operational mode. Apart from the combination of both engines, he can also opt for either the sole electronic or sole combustion engine. The driver can therefore decide if he wishes to use fuel or electricity or a combination of both.
Press release after the jump. Full story