Understand that our expectations for the Smart Forspeed Concept were reasonably high as far as our initial reaction of what the car looks like. But seeing as this is nothing more than just a concept and any hope of a production version has been essentially squashed, we’re a little disappointed that we won’t be seeing this vehicle on the road in the foreseeable future.
Having said that, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the folks from Smart did a remarkably impressive job with the concept. Just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, the Forspeed Concept’s design is far more aggressive than anything Smart has ever produced, which is a testament to the revelation that these guys are far more artistic than we gave them credit for.
Designated as Smart’s official ‘speedster’ - although we’re going to use that word a little loosely because of its ’conservative’ powertrain - the Forspeed definitely looks like it can throwdown with the best of ‘em, even if it comes in that small frame.
UPDATE 03/01/11: Check out the updated photo gallery of the Smart Forspeed Concept.
Exterior and Interior
Among the notable elements found on the car include wind deflectors in place of a windshield, which actually has solar cells integrated in them. There’s also a distinctive honeycomb grille and a dressed up interior that features individual binnacles for both front seats and mirrors that take the shape of those that you can find on actual speedboats.
Then there’s the maritime interior theme, which includes individual binnacles for the driver and co-pilot. The passenger seat also gets its own unique iPhone dock with a two-tone white and lime green finish rounding up the Forspeed’s attractive interior.
As for the powertrain, the Forspeed will have a rear-mounted electric motor that generates 40 horsepower with an overboost function that adds seven horsepower to the mix. The speed tops out at 75 mph with a driving range of 84 miles. See what we mean about using the term "speedster" loosely?
It’s still a concept car that has very little chance of making it as a production car so Smart didn’t even bother giving it a price tag. Bummer.
In our world of make-believe competitions between real cars and a concept car, we see the Smart Forspeed Concept engaging in a city-car showdown with something like the Toyota iQ .
Performance-wise, the iQ is more powerful than the Forspeed Concept, thanks to its 1.0-liter, three-pot engine with 68 horsepower. 69 ponies isn’t a whole lot, but comparing it to a car that produces 47 horsepower just doesn’t sound like its a close fight.
As for aesthetics, well, we’re not even gonna go there. The Smart Forspeed is a concept car and as with all concepts go, it’s got some killer design features.
- Sport exterior
- Fresh interior
- Overall design looks more aggressive than any other Smart car
- Only a concept
- Could be more powerful
- We can buy it...in our dreams