The smart forjeremy, which we first saw in concept guise at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, is headed to production. On a limited basis, that is.
We don’t know if we’re happy about this or we think this is a complete novelty.
Make no mistake; we love Jeremy Scott. I, for one, actually have a pair of his Adidas sneakers as part of my collection. But on a car, even the diminutive size of the smart fortwo?
We’re not flipping over backwards, that much we can tell you.
The good thing is that the production version of the forjeremy has been toned down from the concept, which may not seem like much, considering that the wings are still there.
In any case, we understand why this car will still be a popular model. That’s the effect of having Jeremy Scott tied to it. The man is a fashion institution, especially to the younger market, the same market that smart will undoubtedly target for this model.
Can’t say he disagree on that.
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The British market has received a new special-edition smart fortwo. It is called Edition21 and can be financed for as little as £79 ($120.25 at the current exchange rates) per month for clients aged over 21. The model is priced at £9,575 ($14,400 at the current exchange rates) for the coupe and £11,075 ($16,700) for the convertible. It will be built in limited numbers.
This special edition will be distinguished by a black tridion safety cell (white as an option), black mirror caps and a set of sharp 15-inch three-double-spoke alloy wheels. In order to further identify it, the model will also get special "Edition 21" logo on the mirror triangles and a choice of black or white body panels.
For the interior, the Edition 21 adds black fabric or leatherette upholstery and a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles.
This special edition will make use of smart’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 71 horsepower. Full story
With a tuning firm like Carlsson, you can always expect a number of surprises.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the German tuner has unveiled a race edition for a car you normally wouldn’t associate the word “race” with: the smart fortwo.
Aerodynamically, the fortwo Race Edition comes chock-full with new components, including a modified body kit, a new set of LED daytime running lights, a sports exhaust system, an in-house sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 15 mm (0.59 inches) on the front and 30 mm (1.18 inches) on the rear. Finally, Carlsson also fitted the compact car with a new set of 17-inch one-piece alloy wheels.
Since the car is a "race edition", Carlsson just had to make improvements on the fortwo’s performance numbers. But thanks to some fine German engineering, Carlsson was able to drive up the output of the car’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine from the standard 84 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 112 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.
With the upgrades in tow, the fortwo Race Edition can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph, 6 mph faster than the stock fortwo.
Collaborations are always happening in the auto industry. Whether it’s with a fashion label, a timepiece maker or even a furniture company, there aren’t any shortages of partnerships that give birth to special-edition models.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, smart is bringing one special edition model, called the fortwo BoConcept.
Built and designed in collaboration with the Danish interior design company BoDesign, the fortwo Concept is based on the cabriolet version of the [fortwo->http://www.topspeed.com/cars/smart/2012-smart-fortwo-ar124008.html and was designed to really catch peoples’ attention.
For starters, the fortwo BoConcept was given a matte-white paint, and complemented by a roof and door mirrors that were treated to a matte oriental brown metallic finish. The exterior is then fitted with a set of Brabus Monoblock VII alloy wheels to give off a pretty impressive look for a smart fortwo.
Inside, smart and BoDesign wanted to recreate a mobile living space and, for the most part, they accomplished that by using such materials like tobacco brown leather covers the steering wheel, seats and door trim panels, a grey finish on the doors and backrests, light-lemon stitching on the seats and the steering wheel, and a few more yellow accents on the mirrors.
All told, there really is something about the fortwo BoConcept that catches your attention. Take away the fact that it’s a fortwo for a second and concentrate on the uniqueness of the product; that’s what makes this collaboration pretty special.
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.
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 has dropped interest in this co-operation, the two mules were seen with French plates and a 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.smart forfour
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).
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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.
It’s been a few years since Paramore showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards in a Smart car, and the hype surrounding the city cay has died down a bit since then. The company provided a facelift for the 2012 Fortwo and a slew of special editions to ramp up sales, but that was only in preparation for the new and improved generation currently being tested.
Few details are known about the next Fortwo at this point, even with our latest spy shots, but what we do know is that the new city car will be developed in cooperation with Renault as a result of a previous agreement signed between Daimler, Renault, and Nissan in April 2010. This agreement includes a new platform - known as Project Edison - that will placed under three models: Smart ForTwo, the next ForFour, and the Renault Twingo. Nissan is also expected to develop a new city car featuring a rear-wheel-drive system.
As for the engine line-up, expect both petrol and diesel engines, with a new 1.2-liter four-cylinder petrol power plant developed especially for this project.
The new generation Smart ForTwo is set to go on sale in 2014.