You can tell just by looking at the Smart Forstars Concept that Smart is diving out of the box with their recent concept offerings. Just like the For-Us Concept that we saw at Geneva, the Forstars Concept is a take on a future urban sports utility coupe that has a chance to appeal to a wide market.
Combining a new style that’s far removed from the conservative nature of Smart with cutting edge technology that we don’t normally see on a Smart, the Forstars Concept is the kind of concept that we’d love to see Smart build as a production model in the future.
Power’s not that much, but Smart has never been one to rely on an excess of horsepower, so it’s not that much of a big deal. In any case, the Forstars Concept is headed to the 2012 Paris Motor Show, at which we’ll see and know more about it.
UPDATE 12/07/12: Smart has released the first official video of the Forstars Concept. We wish they’d release more than just a promo video - we want to see this bad boy in production! - but we’ll take it for now. Click the photo above to check it out!
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
The 2012 Geneva Motor Show was a pretty busy show for Brabus, with them not only focusing on updates for high performance sports cars, but also for tiny models like the Smart Fortwo Cabrio. Their latest package is called the Brabus Ultimate 120 - and as its name suggests - it will increase the Fortwo’s output to a total of 120 HP.
The car will be painted in an intense metallic red and will feature a pretty cool aerodynamic kit that includes new front spoiler, side sills, and Brabus Widestar fender flares in the front and back. It will sit on a new set of 18" "Platinum Edition" forged wheels combined with a height-adjustable Brabus coilover suspension kit.
The interior was covered in Mastik leather with red contrasting seams that match the outer skin. Brabus also added a new set of Recaro Sportster seats wrapped in the finest Brabus leather and their seat shells are painted in the same color as the car’s exterior.
Under the hood, the three-cylinder turbocharged engine has been tricked to deliver a total of 120 HP at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 118 lb-ft available between 2,250 and 3,750 rpm, unparalleled in this vehicle class. As a result, the new Ultimate 120 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.9 seconds and will be capable of a top speed of 106 mph.
You may think there are plenty of special editions for the Smart ForTwo already, but it seems Mercedes does not agree as they have unveiled a new one for their lineup. Called the Smart Fortwo Sharpred, the new edition will be offered in both coupe and cabrio. Prices will start from €14,490 ($19,200 at the current exchange rates) and sales will begin in May. Only 1,800 units will be produced.
The new Smart Fortwo Sharpred will be distinguished by a striking contrast of elegant black and extravagant red used on the tridion safety cell and door mirrors. The front apron and rear trim panel are grained and the side skirts boast a high-gloss black finish. The model will be offered with a special set of 15" 3-double-spoke alloy wheels also painted in black.
The interior also combines black an the seats with red double stitching on the seats and the instrument panel. The standard equipment includes the audio system basic and exclusive floor mats.
Smart has announced the first details on the facelift version for their ForTwo line-up that will go on sale at the beginning of April 2012. The model will be offered in Pure, Pulse, Passion, Brabus, and Brabus Xclusive versions with pricing starting at €10,275 (about $13,500 at the current exchange rates).
With the new model, Smart has focused on offering a more dynamic appearance for the car, thanks to a larger radiator grille with integrated logo, striking front aprons in a new design, horizontally arranged LED daytime driving lights, muscular side skirts, and modified rear aprons. The chrome-colored logo is now positioned directly in the black radiator grille, while the air inlets under the number plate have been combined into a single unit. Smart is also offering a choice of three new alloy wheels, three soft top colors for the smart cabrio and new exterior colors.
The interior has received a new, high-quality package in crystal grey, comprising a fresh leather/fabric combination for the seats, an imitation leather/fabric mix for the door trims and black imitation leather for the instrument panel in combination with a grey knee pad.
The engine line-up remained unchanged: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine for the petrol models, a 102 HP for Brabus version and one 0.8-liter cdi turbodiesel.