2015 Smart Fortwo

2015 Smart Fortwo Exterior
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  • Smart Fortwo
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    71
  • Torque @ RPM:
    67
  • Displacement:
    999 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    10 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    100 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    14500
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Introduced in 1998, the Smart ForTwo revolutionized the city car segment through its short overall length and rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The first-generation ForTwo went on sale in 1998 with a range of small-displacement gasoline and diesel engines and a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. The three-door hatchback didn’t reach the U.S. market until 2008, when the second-gen ForTwo was launched with revised looks and brand-new engines. The old gasoline units were replaced by 1.0-liter powerplant, while the six-speed transmission made way for a five-speed semi-automatic. Output ranged between 53 and 83 horsepower on the regular cars, while the Brabus version generated 101 ponies and was the only one to reach a top speed of more than 90 mph. Going into 2015, the Smart ForTwo steps into its third generation as vehicle co-developed with French automaker Renault.

Sharing about 70 percent of its parts with the brand-new Renault Twingo, the new ForTwo was redesigned from the ground up and fitted with upgraded engines and all-new transmissions, including a manual gearbox. The 2016 ForTwo comes with many firsts, but you’ll have to read on to find out more about that.

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2018 Smart ForEase Concept

2018 Smart ForEase Concept

It’s funky, cute, and an attention-seeker

This may sound surprising, but Mercedes’ city car brand, Smart, is marking its 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate it, the marque is unveiling the ForEase electric open-top concept at the Paris Motor Show. The car looks super cute, but would it practical option to buy should it go into production?

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2018 Brabus 125R

2018 Brabus 125R

Its A Smart ForTwo On Steroids

I don’t know why, but there is something majestic when it comes to tiny cars powered by powerful engines. Yup; that 400+ horsepower Cygnet is awesome, but I am thinking something more civilized. Even with less than 100 horsepower, cars like the Toyota iQ, or anything from Smart are simply a lot of fun. This time around, Brabus created a rather special 125R based around the Smart ForTwo Convertible and called it the “Pocket Rocket.” Well, it is the pocket rocket considering that the German tuning company dialed up the 0.9-liter turbocharged engine, improved its suspension, and put a special makeup on a tiny car.

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The Best Cars Under $15,000

The Best Cars Under $15,000

There’s a long list of subcompact cars to choose from

So, you only have $15,000 to spend on a car? In most cases, that wouldn’t be enough to get you what you want, but if you’re looking for a no-frills ride that you can maximize with your spending limit, this list of cars gives you lots of options to choose from. Do you want a subcompact car that boasts impressive interior space? How about one that packs more power than you thought? What about a car that has everything you need, or at least everything you think you need at the price you’re willing to pay for it. The cars on this list could be the answer you’re looking for.

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Daimler and BMW to Join Forces on the Mobility Front

Daimler and BMW to Join Forces on the Mobility Front

Two competitors facing the future hand in hand

We’ve seen automakers team up for a variety of reasons, including the sharing of platforms to streamline development and drive down costs. Now, BMW and Daimler are teaming up for a combined effort to create the latest mobility services for customers.

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smart EQ ForTwo shows its electric side in Geneva

smart EQ ForTwo shows its electric side in Geneva

Merc’s EQ sub-brand is all set to roll out

In a surprising move, Mercedes-Benz’s newly launched EQ electric brand won’t be using any of the past EQ concept cars as its vanguard model. That distinction now rests on the shoulders of the smart EQ ForTwo, EQ ForTwo Cabrio, and ForFour. Yes, the troika of smart models will spearhead Mercedes’ EQ electric brand as it tries to establish a foothold in the growing segment.

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2018 Smart EQ ForTwo

2018 Smart EQ ForTwo

Mercedes’ first production EQ model is a rebadged Smart ForTwo

Mercedes-Benz’s eye toward the future boldly saw a fully electric, fully autonomous concept car debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. Hailing from its Smart division, the concept took cues from the production ForTwo and injected predictions of what the future might hold. Less than a year later, the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show was the launch pad for a production version of the car, the company’s first ever EQ product. Unfortunately, the EQ ForTwo is far from futuristic and shares as many features with the concept vehicle as the standard ForTwo. Yes, Mercedes’ first EQ car is nothing more than a rebadged Smart ForTwo.

A bit disappointing if you got all excited about Merc’s first production EQ, but it’s not completely shocking that the Vision EQ ForTwo concept didn’t go into production. While the EQ division is set to showcase some cool technology, its design isn’t supposed to be groundbreaking. We’ve already seen camouflaged versions of the upcoming SUV and it’s pretty obvious that it will look a lot like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, so it’s not out of this world that the EQ ForTwo is pretty much the ForTwo Electric Drive with a few extra features. What sets them apart? Let’s find out in the review below.

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Epic Life Hack - German Man Uses Smartcars to Stop People From Parking Near His Driveway

Epic Life Hack - German Man Uses Smartcars to Stop People From Parking Near His Driveway

This is a clinical description of First World problems

If you’ve ever heard of the expression “First World problems,” you’ll be thinking a lot about it once you’re done with this doozy of a story. A German man who lives in the affluent neighborhood of Oberkassel in Germany had a problem with people parking too close to his driveway. To address that problem, he decided to buy a pair of smart ForTwos and parked them on either side of the driveway. It’s probably one of the most expensive ways to mark your territory, but the man did it anyway because he could.

According to German news site RP Online the ForTwos have been on guard duty for three years now. The man’s neighbors even say that two city cars have left their spots only once since they set up shop there back in 2015, presumably to renew their registration or get serviced for being idle too long.

As for the man’s reasons? Apparently, his problem wasn’t about having his driveway blocked by cars or having cars parked (legally) on either side of his driveway. He just wants the entire space for himself because he wanted as much room to comfortably enter and leave his driveway with what neighbors say is an SUV. That’s it. That’s his reason.

To make this story more interesting, his ForTwo bookend strategy is reportedly legal under Dusseldorf’s traffic laws. According to the city’s Traffic Management Office, the ForTwos can stay parked where they are as long as they can be driven away if needed.

It’s hard to say if the man is crazy or a genius for marking his own territory this way. Perhaps it’s even a combination of both. Either way, this is one instance where the expression “First World problems” definitely applies.

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2017 Brabus Ultimate E Concept

2017 Brabus Ultimate E Concept

Could this concept be the future that we’ve always wanted from Smart?

In the 23 years that it’s been around, Smart has become a staple in urban cities, fulfilling its mission of being a purveyor of affordable compact cars. But like most car brands, Smart has a sporty and aggressive alter ego, though one that we rarely get to see. It just so happened that one such example was presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show by noted tuner Brabus. It’s called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and it’s an absolute humdinger.

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. “It’s a Smart ForTwo. ‘Humdinger’ isn’t exactly the kind of word I’d use to describe it.” You’d be right about that, but you’d also be wrong in assuming that the Ultimate E Concept is nothing more than a dressed up ForTwo wearing a Brabus kit. It’s way more than what it appears to be, and we have Brabus and its partner-in-crime in this project, Kreisel Electric, to thank for that. This concept – it really shouldn’t be a concept – represents the pinnacle of what the Smart ForTwo can become if it adopts new technologies and embraces its inner id in the process. Think a 200-horsepower Smart ForTwo is still the stuff of dreams and fantasies? Think again. Smart has come a long way since it started in 1994. I can’t tell for certain if the Brabus Ultimate E Concept is the future, but if it is, then that future just became mighty exciting.

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Brabus Goes Electric With The Ultimate E Concept

Brabus Goes Electric With The Ultimate E Concept

A promising interpretation of the traditionally mundane ForTwo

You know the electric revolution in the auto industry is looking more and more like a real thing when aftermarket tuners, usually the last defenders of traditional gas-powered engines, start to slowly embrace the prospect of tuning electric cars. Brabus isn’t quite there yet, but one of its offerings for the Frankfurt Motor Show points exactly to that kind of future. The model is called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and while it does take its roots from the smart ForTwo, this creation is more about what the tuner can do moving forward more than it is a showcase of smart’s expanding portfolio.

To be fair, there are a number of interesting items in the Ultimate E Concept. It’s all dressed up in a swath of fancy aero bits, making it look a lot more dynamic than a run-of-the-mill ForTwo. It even has an eye-catching yellow paint that a Mercedes-AMG GT R would be proud to wear. The real highlight of the concept though is its drivetrain. Don’t go looking for a combustion engine in there because it’s long gone. In its place is a full electric powertrain that Brabus developed in collaboration with Kreisel Electric. The result is a car that can produce 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful versions of the smart ForTwo in the world. For a car that’s never been considered exciting, the Brabus’ Ultimate E Concept looks to be one way to inject some life into the little ride.

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2017 Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept

2017 Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept

The future of smart mobility and car sharing looks bright with Smart

Given how rapid the advancements are in smart mobility, it figures that it would only be a matter of time before more and more automakers begin showcasing their cars of the future. We’ve already seen a handful of concepts in the past year, and now Smart is joining the fray with the presentation of the Vision EQ Fortwo Concept.

The Vision EQ Fortwo Concept is, for all intents and purposes, a showcase of the company’s interpretation for the future of car sharing services. It’s not meant to be a personal vehicle so any influence in that regard has been put on the shelves in favor of pushing for advancements in car sharing technology. The results are what you’d expect it to be as the Vision EQ Fortwo Concept really is unlike any concept that smart has introduced in years. It still takes the shape of a concept Fortwo, but in the case of this vehicle, the devil really is in the details, as you will see in the section below. For now, there aren’t any plans to bring the concept up to production, so don’t expect it to suddenly show up at your front door waiting to pick you up. This concept is a preview of a potential future where technologies in car sharing, electrification, and smart mobility all come together as one. If the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo Concept doesn’t get you excited for that kind of future, there’s little reason to expect anything else that will.

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2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2

The fanciest ForTwo to date arrives at the Geneva Motor Show

The third-generation Smart ForTwo came to be in 2014, when the German firm unveiled a completely redesigned city car with underpinnings borrowed from the Renault Twingo. For 2017, Smart introduced a new version of the higher performance ForTwo developed by long-time Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus. A couple of special-edition models followed and Smart is now launching the ForTwo Cabrio Brabus Edition #2 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Essentially a limited-edition model featuring an extensive line of equipment and appointments, the Edition #2 is arguably the most bespoke ForTwo Cabrio to date. Not only offered in unique color combinations inside and out, the Edition #2 is also packed with standard features, including no fewer than four distinct packages.

Set to go on sale in March 2017, the Cabrio Brabus Edition #2 will be showcased at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the ForFour Crosstown Edition. There’s no word whether the Edition #2 will make it Stateside, but until we find out more, let’s have a closer look at this fancy little city car.

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2017 Brabus Smart Fortwo By Veronika Heilbrunner

2017 Brabus Smart Fortwo By Veronika Heilbrunner

One-off ForTwo created to showcase automaker’s new personalization program

God bless Smart. The Daimler-owned automaker has struggled to turn any kind of consistent profits for its parent company in the 23 years that it’s been around so it is reasonable to ask if Daimler would be better off cutting the cord on the beleaguered microcar brand. But that’s a separate topic for another time because this is all about the latest special edition Smart ForTwo that’s designed by fashion stylist Veronika Heilbrunner and worked on by noted Mercedes aftermarket tuner Brabus. It officially goes by the name “Brabus Smart Fortwo by Veronika Heilbrunner” and it was created to showcase the smart Brabus tailor made program and the “seemingly endless possibilities” that the program offers in terms of individualization.

As you can expect, the Brabus Smart Fortwo by Veronika Heilbrunner is filled to the brim with personalized touches from the brilliant design mind of Heilbrunner. It comes with fancy colors, bespoke amenities, and the traditional vanity embellishments that are typical of a personalized car. In other words, the special edition ForTwo is a four-wheeled representation of Heilbrunner that was showcased under smart’s new personalization program with Brabus.

The showpiece ForTwo is a one-off (no surprise there), but owners of the two-door micro car have the opportunity to create an exact replica of the Brabus Smart Fortwo by Veronika Heilbrunner, all thanks to the personalization program and the myriad of options it has in its catalog.

And for what it’s worth, having Heilbrunner serve as the face of the program is a good move by Smart to get people talking about the brand. The German fashion icon is regarded as one of the faces of modern street styling and has proven to have immense influence in the fashion world as the fashion director of online magazine “hey woman!” Vogue even refers to her as the world’s “most influential street style icons.”

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2016 Smart ForTwo NYPD Edition

2016 Smart ForTwo NYPD Edition

The New York Police Department buys 250 ForTwo city cars for patrol duty

In 2014, Smart decided that the second-generation ForTwo had spent too many years on the market and launched the much-improved, third-generation model. Redesigned from the ground up with help from French automaker Renault, the new ForTwo is a significant departure from its predecessor in terms of design, technology, and drivetrains. Under the hood, the tiny city car continues to use small-displacement, three-cylinder engines, but ditched the previous powerplants in favor of two new units from Renault. It also received a manual transmission for the first time. As far as lineup diversity goes, the ForTwo spawned the usual convertible, Brabus, and all-electric versions.

In 2016, the small German automobile made its debut as a police car for the New York Police Department. The largest municipal police force in the United States ordered no fewer than 250 ForTwos as a replacement for the three-wheel motorbikes it previously used in the city. A welcome decision among policemen, who now benefit from all-weather protection and air conditioning. Currently using around 9,000 vehicles, the New York Police Department quoted the car’s agility and reliability in its decision to turn the 106-inch-long ForTwo into a patrol car.

"The smart is spacious and agile and makes my job much easier. Many people say that the little patrol cars are really cute, too," said Officer Ralph Jefferson, the first policeman to take the ForTwo on patrol duty around Chinatown.

Needless to say, it looks like the days when the NYPD used large vehicles such as the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor in the city are long gone. But, this isn’t the first time small cars are preferred in crowded neighborhoods. Back in the 1950s, various police departments around the U.S. acquired Nash Metropolitan economy cars for police duty. At only 149.5 inches long, the Metropolitan was one of the smallest vehicles on American roads and pretty much a Smart ForTwo among the very large cars produced by Detroit.

The ForTwo joins vehicles such as the Ford Taurus, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Explorer in the NYPD fleet.

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2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

More power, enhanced range, faster recharging

The third-generation Smart ForTwo arrived in 2014 with significant changes over its predecessor. Co-developed with French carmaker Renault, it received a more traditional exterior design with a longer front hood, a revamped interior, and three new engines. Much like its predecessor, it also spawned a convertible and AMG version, and at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Smart unveiled an all-electric variant.

Called the ForTwo Electric Drive (or ED), the emission-free car uses a brand-new electric drivetrain with enhanced output and increased range. For the first time, the electric motor is also offered in the convertible versions, making the ForTwo the only electric cabriolet on the market. What’s more, because the same drivetrain is also available in the larger ForFour model, Smart is the only car manufacturer to offer its entire model range with both combustion engines and battery-electric drive. Not that it would be difficult having just two vehicles, but it’s still a noteworthy achievement.

The new ForTwo Electric Drive will arrive in the United States in 2017. The coupe version will debut in the spring, while the cabriolet model will hit dealerships in the summer. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the smallest EV on the market and how it stacks up compared to its predecessor and main competitors.

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2017 Smart Fortwo Sport Package by Brabus

2017 Smart Fortwo Sport Package by Brabus

The little car that could is about to get a little sportier

The Smart Fortwo is a funky little city car that has a rear-mounted engine, two seats, and a hatch. To put it simply, it’s nothing more than a cockpit on wheels, but in busy, crowded cities, the car is perfect for those who can manage to fit in it. Originally introduced in 1998, the car has seen two generational changes with the most recent coming in the 2014 model year. For 2016, Smart introduced the convertible or Cabriolet variant that ditched the rear hatch for a retractable top. For the most part, the Fortwo is a pretty simple car. It is available with two different three-cylinder engines that deliver between 71 and 90 horses and can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a dual clutch automatic.

For such a tiny car, the interior is actually rather spacious, and it has a certain level of luxury too. Now, with the 2017 model year right around the corner, Brabus is offering a new Sport package for the Fortwo Coupe and Cabriolet that promises to bring a new level of customization to Smart customers everywhere. It is said to bring “unique styling and a sportier driving experience,” but it is a micro city car, so I’m not really sure I’m comfortable using words like “sport” in that context.

Of course, I’m pretty critical about what automakers and do to their vehicles, so before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s take a good look at this new sport package and what it brings to the table.

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2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet

The new Fortwo Cabriolet is said to be the most affordable convertible on the market

Smart took the automotive world by surprise when it unveiled the ForTwo Cabrio at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show. A year later, the Germans launched the smallest production cabriolet, taking the micro car industry into a new era. It’s been 15 years since then and Smart has revealed the third-generation ForTwo Cabrio, which is set to break cover officially at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Based on the third-gen 2015 Smart ForTwo we already saw in 2014, the ForTwo Cabrio has been redesigned from the ground up. The styling is all-new inside and out, the chassis has been rebuilt for greater comfort, while the drivetrains are both more powerful and fuel-efficient.

"Our new smart cabrio really exudes joie de vivre in the city – which is what our brand stands for", said Dr. Annette Winkler, head of the Smart brand. "I am sure that we will delight our present 220,000 cabrio customers and win lots of new fans with this successful lifestyle icon."

The micro convertible will arrive on U.S. soil in the first half of 2016, a few months after it goes on sale in Europe. By the time it hits showrooms on this side of the Atlantic, it will join the ForTwo coupe, set to reach U.S. soil at the end of September 2015, and the 2015 Smart Fortwo Brabus Tailor Made program the brand announced earlier this year.

Update 06-29-2016: Mercedes has announced pricing for the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabrio. Check out the prices section below for details.

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Modified Smart Fortwo Gets Dirty: Video

Modified Smart Fortwo Gets Dirty: Video

A small off-roader with big capability

The Smart Fortwo isn’t exactly complicated – in fact, it’s one of the most basic modern vehicles on the road. But it’s that simplicity that makes it a fantastic canvas for tuners and the mechanically minded. This video is a great example of that, demonstrating what you get when you take the two-seat kei car and add a little off-roader personality.

Ok, maybe the word “little” isn’t exactly appropriate here. Sure, the car is small, but the modifications are extensive. Posted to YouTube by user “Mr George,” background on the go-anywhere super orb comes via a link to Drive2.ru, which provides a brief rundown on what went into creating the custom mud-churner.

The owner (identified by Yahoo UK as 29-year-old Gerogiy Kosilov from the Ukraine) saw the Smart’s trailblazing potential when he discovered it came with a rear-mounted turbo diesel engine. Sure, it’s only a 0.8-liter inline three-cylinder with 41 horsepower, but properly applied, Kosilov knew the lightweight Smart had what it took to conquer the great outdoors.

The suspension was modified with components from Honda, Mitsubishi, and Volkswagen, providing a full 360 mm (14 inches) of ground clearance. Big tires, new bodywork, skid plates, better brakes, and a larger radiator were also added, while all extraneous components were tossed to reduce weight. A whole lotta fabrication later, and the result is an uber-ATV with doors, a roof, and an outta-my-way attitude.

Hit play to see the thing in action in this one-minute, 40-second video of big angles, huge ruts, deep puddles, and grimy mud.

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Smart ForTwo Brabus Caught Testing Before Frankfurt Debut: Spy Shots

Smart ForTwo Brabus Caught Testing Before Frankfurt Debut: Spy Shots

Introduced in 2014, the third-generation 2015 Smart ForTwo arrived with massive improvements over its predecessor. The overhaul included a modern and more appealing exterior design, a fancier interior, and a new engine lineup. For 2015, the third-generation model is set to receive its highly anticipated Brabus suit, which will turn the city car into a slightly more aggressive rig. First spotted testing in July 2014, the upcoming 2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus just came out for more testing, and our trusty paparazzi were once again in the right place at the right time.

Not surprisingly, the prototype received a handful of changes since we last saw it, at least on the outside. Interior updates are still a mystery, as is the drivetrain, as it is not yet clear whether the Brabus will use the 0.9-liter, three-cylinder or the bigger 1.2-liter four-banger. However, the likely scenario is the performance city car will use a retuned version of the turbocharged three-pot with some 120 horsepower and 115 pound-feet of torque on tap. For reference, the current most powerful Smart ForTwo has 90 horses and 99 pound-feet.

We will learn more about the powerplant motivating the ForTwo Brabus as soon as the vehicle breaks cover at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at what we already know about this souped-up city car.

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Smart Cabrio Crashes During Test Drive: Spy Shots

Smart Cabrio Crashes During Test Drive: Spy Shots

Contrary to this latest batch of spy shots, Daimler’s Smart division is not working on an off-road version of the 2016 Smart Fortwo or a tow-capable version of the new Smart Forfour. Instead, the spy photographers came upon an unfortunate engineer who seems to have driven off the road and gotten stuck in the thick vegetation.

The circumstances behind the incident are unknown, but it wasn’t severe enough to cause the airbags to deploy. Fortunately, it would appear that the driver escaped uninjured (with the possible exception of a bruised ego) and it doesn’t look like the prototype suffered any major damage. The mishap did require a Smart Forfour to be dispatched as the cutest little recovery vehicle ever, although it isn’t clear if the 90-horsepower four-door city car had the guts to pull its smaller counterpart from the brush.

We just recently had our first look at the 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet testing in Spain, and like this vehicle, it seems to be in production-ready form wearing almost no camouflage. This most likely means that the convertible Fortwo could debut soon, with the Frankfurt Motor Show being the best guess. With the 2016 Smart Fortwo Coupe going on sale in the U.S. this fall, the release of the Cabriolet probably won’t be too far behind.

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This Is The World's Fastest Smart: Video

This Is The World’s Fastest Smart: Video

Earlier this month, we featured a video of a Smart car that could do wheel stands and outrun Mustangs. With a new 1.5-liter powerplant boosted by 28 psi from an aftermarket blower, the commuter-turned-dragster ran mid-12 quarters and looked stock enough to drive your Grandma to the airport. The above-featured Smart,however, is no sleeper. It too can prop itself up on two wheels, but this one needs a wheelie bar. The interior is stripped and caged, and out back you’ll find a set of massive steamroller drag slicks. Total output is roughly 725 horsepower. The end result is a claim to fastest Smart car in the world.

All things considered, though, it’s hard to call this a Smart car at all, especially when you hear the 555-cube BBC V-8 that powers it. However, you can call it the “Nu Big Thing,” so christened by its owner, Mark Cryer. Seen here running at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, Cryer managed a fastest time of 10.26 at 130.83.

Mark is still making adjustments, but expects to get into the nines sometime this year, which is certainly doable when considering the power and weight in play.

While not quite as low-key as the other Smart dragster, it’s hard to dislike something this wild. It’s like a mouse that was bombarded by gamma rays, and now roams the forest looking for bears to beat up. Hopefully, Cryer will keep us updated on the latest kills from the strip.

In the meantime, who will step up to challenge the new record?

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Smart Vs. Mustang In A Drag Race: Video

Smart Vs. Mustang In A Drag Race: Video

In the world of drag racing, there are plenty of examples of “that guy.” You know who I’m talking about – the guy with the supposedly sports car who dropped major coin to massage the exterior into a rolling banner ad of his own potential velocity. Sure, the bright and glossy body kit might make sense at the show-and-shine, but turn up at the strip looking like that, and you’d better have some serious firepower under the hood.

By comparison, there are relatively few sleepers out there. A car that looks slow but goes fast is just inherently cool – it’s like stealth technology of the four-wheeled variety.

This Smart ForTwo is a sleeper. To make the jump from the commuter lane to the 1,320, the owner decided to slap on some super sticky tires and a huge amount of boost, blessing the ultra-light seats-in-a-box with the kind of wheel stands that would embarrass most muscle cars.

When asked why he wanted to create a Smart dragster, the owner replies with “stupidity, I guess.” I’m thinking more mad-scientist insanity. But the proof is in the pudding – the ForTwo pulls a 13.9 on its first pass, but manages to cut that down to 12.53 on the second run.

You can’t help but respect the guy for trying something different. It’s inconspicuous and ridiculously effective, like a B2 bomber at high altitude.

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2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus Tailor Made

2015 Smart ForTwo Brabus Tailor Made

As many of you know, the smart car brand was started after two different ideas from two very different entities had a baby. One of those entities was none other than Mercedes-Benz, who figured that since a Europe-wide study in the late 1980s found most people travel alone while in the city, there were a lot of people occupying extra real estate just to do their daily errands. The Germans’ solution was to create a hobbit of a car that can carry two persons and their luggage and be extremely nimble in a crowded city.

The other entity was none other than Swiss watch maker Swatch, who had an idea of a highly customizable city car that would be closer to a trendy fashion statement — kind of like their watches at the time. After first going for a collaboration with Volkswagen, where then newly elected CEO Ferdinand Piëch dismissed the idea because the brand was planing the Lupo, Swatch finally got into an agreement with Daimler Benz to create the smart brand from scratch.

Long story short, in the years that passed since the brand was thought out and its first product reached the market, Daimler bought Swatch’s shares and the company became a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz. Some of the ideas from Swatch, such as changeable plastic body panels and a colorful interior, were kept over time, but the real fully customizable smart fortwo only arrived with the second generation of the model.

It was 2009 when Brabus, smart’s official tuning house, implemented the so-called "tailor made" program, leaving fortwo owners of the time to choose between myriads of exterior and interior color combinations and materials. In other words, customers could spec their car like it was a four-wheeled suit from Savile Row. With the third-generation fortwo now reaching European dealerships, Brabus is preparing a new "Tailor Made" program for its customers, with two concepts of what can be achieved having been presented at the 2014 edition of the Paris Motor Show.

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2015 Smart Fortwo

2015 Smart Fortwo

Introduced in 1998, the Smart ForTwo revolutionized the city car segment through its short overall length and rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The first-generation ForTwo went on sale in 1998 with a range of small-displacement gasoline and diesel engines and a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. The three-door hatchback didn’t reach the U.S. market until 2008, when the second-gen ForTwo was launched with revised looks and brand-new engines. The old gasoline units were replaced by 1.0-liter powerplant, while the six-speed transmission made way for a five-speed semi-automatic. Output ranged between 53 and 83 horsepower on the regular cars, while the Brabus version generated 101 ponies and was the only one to reach a top speed of more than 90 mph. Going into 2015, the Smart ForTwo steps into its third generation as vehicle co-developed with French automaker Renault.

Sharing about 70 percent of its parts with the brand-new Renault Twingo, the new ForTwo was redesigned from the ground up and fitted with upgraded engines and all-new transmissions, including a manual gearbox. The 2016 ForTwo comes with many firsts, but you’ll have to read on to find out more about that.

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2015 Smart ForTwo by Brabus

2015 Smart ForTwo by Brabus

Although the Smart ForTwo was introduced in 1998, it took five years for the slightly beefed-up Brabus model to arrive in dealerships. The first-gen model features a 74-horsepower, 698cc engine, revised front spoiler and grille, new exhaust and wider wheels. As Smart increased engine displacement for the second-gen model, the ForTwo Brabus gained a turbo, 1.0-liter unit rated at 101 horses, 18 ponies more than the standard vehicle. The upgrade dropped the 0-to-60 mph sprint from 10.6 to 8.8 seconds, making the ForTwo Brabus the quickest city car ever built. As we move onto the 2015 model year, Smart introduced a redesigned, third-generation ForTwo, with a Brabus-badged version to follow suit.

Just a few months after Smart showcased the Brabus tailor-made program for the ForTwo at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the brand’s souped-up city car has hit public roads wearing very little camouflage, hinting the production model is well underway. An official release isn’t scheduled until March 2015, when the Geneva Motor Show commences, but we have a bunch of new spy shots, along with a handful of details, to quench your thirst for ridiculously fast city cars.

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Video: Smart Teases Future ForTwo And ForFour Models

Video: Smart Teases Future ForTwo And ForFour Models

It’s been a while since we heard anything of importance from Smart and as it turns out, there was a reason behind that. The Daimler-owned company has been busy with the testing and development of two very important models, the ForTwo and the ForFour.

As if to show everyone that it’s not cutting any corners with the development of both models, Smart decided to release a video of the two cars undergoing winter testing in Sweden. Why Sweden, you ask?

Well, Smart’s chief engineer Markus Riedel explains the rationale behind choosing Sweden as the testing ground is mainly due to its cold winter climate and snowy conditions. It allows the engineers to validate a number of things about the two Smart cars, including all of the car’s functions in the extreme temperatures. The car’s driving capabilities are also put to the test under the cold conditions, checking to see how the ForTwo and ForFour can handle while skidding across a sheet of ice.

After 14 days of testing near the Arctic Circle, Riedel expressed his excitement about both models, telling the world that the new ForTwo and ForFour models are ready to be launched. Finally, right?

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Spy Shots: New-Generation Smart ForTwo Caught on the Road

Spy Shots: New-Generation Smart ForTwo Caught on the Road

Scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the third quarter of the year, the 2015 Smart ForTwo is almost ready to go into production, as company engineers are conducting final road tests in different environments. Although our spy photographers have spotted the new tiny vehicle in all shapes and sizes, and stretching their legs in both warm weather and near-freezing conditionss, the ForTwo’s design is still a mystery. However, with the brand new Renault Twingo out in the open, we can imagine what the next Smart will bring styling-wise.

Why should we look at the Twingo to figure out more about the ForTwo? Well, it’s already common knowledge that the ForTwo and ForFour pair of Smarts have been developed in conjunction with the French car. All three will share a rear-wheel-drive architecture with an engine mounted it the back, while both the Twingo and the ForFour will wear a similar shell.

Because the two share about 70 percent of their components, they will be built at Renault’s Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia. The ForTwo, which will sport the same body panels as the ForFour minus the rear doors, will continue to be assembled in Hambach, France, the tiny vehicle’s traditional home.

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2014 Smart Fortwo Edition Citybeam

2014 Smart Fortwo Edition Citybeam

We’re all waiting for the new generation fortwo to arrive, but it looks like smart decided to make us wait a little bit longer. Until the new model arrives, smart unveiled a new special edition based on the current-generation fortwo.

The new fortwo citybeam is distinguished by special striking body panels that buyers can ordered in light blue, silver metallic or matte anthracite, depending on the market and customer preferences. Other standard features include: titanium-colored headlamps, LED daytime driving lights and special logos in the mirror triangles.

Customers can place their orders for the new smart fortwo edition citybeam starting January 15, with the first deliveries coming in April 2014. Customers can choose between either a combustion engine or an electric motor and coupe or convertible. Prices will start from €14,490 — $19,700 at the current exchange rates.

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Spy Shots - The Next Smart Coupe Caught Warm-Weather Testing

The next generation Smart ForTwo was caught testing in many times, but pretty much each time we were looking at a mule, not at the real deal. However, today our spy photographers managed to catch the car wearing the real Smart nose up front. As a proof this is the part of the body that wears pretty much all the camouflage.

The new ForTwo will be developed in cooperation with Renault as a result of a previous agreement signed between Daimler, Renault, and Nissan in April 2010. It will be built on a new platform called Project Edison that will also be used for the upcoming Twingo, but also for the next ForFour. All three models will get a rear mounted engine and a rear-wheel-drive system. This new platform will make the next ForTwo a little bit larger than the current generation.

Expect the new Smart ForTwo to be unveiled in March 2014 at the Geneva Car Show, and click past the jump for a closer look at this tiny machine testing somehwere warm.

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2013 Smart ForJeremy

2013 Smart ForJeremy

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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2013 Smart ForTwo Edition21

2013 Smart ForTwo Edition21

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.

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2013 Smart ForTwo Race Edition by Carlsson

2013 Smart ForTwo Race Edition by Carlsson

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.

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2013 Smart ForTwo Bo Concept Edition

2013 Smart ForTwo Bo Concept Edition

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->https://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.

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2013 Smart ForTwo by Zadig & Voltaire

2013 Smart ForTwo by Zadig & Voltaire

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.

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Spy Shots: Smart ForTwo and ForFour Caught in the Cold

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.

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2013 Smart ForTwo CityFlame Coupe and Cabrio

2013 Smart ForTwo CityFlame Coupe and Cabrio

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.

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2013 Smart ForJeremy Concept

2013 Smart ForJeremy Concept

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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Video: Awesome Smart Fortwo Commercial Includes Some Killer Tandem Skating Tricks

Video: Awesome Smart Fortwo Commercial Includes Some Killer Tandem Skating Tricks

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.

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2013 Smart Fortwo Brabus 10th anniversary

2013 Smart Fortwo Brabus 10th anniversary

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).

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Holy Ugly, Batman: The worst Batmobile replicas you'll ever see

Holy Ugly, Batman: The worst Batmobile replicas you’ll ever see

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

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2013 Smart Fortwo electric drive

2013 Smart Fortwo electric drive

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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2012 Smart Fortwo Iceshine Edition

2012 Smart Fortwo Iceshine Edition

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.

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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.

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2012 Smart Brabus Electric Drive

2012 Smart Brabus Electric Drive

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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2012 Smart Fortwo Ultimate 120 by Brabus

2012 Smart Fortwo Ultimate 120 by Brabus

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.

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2012 Smart Fortwo Sharpred Special Edition

2012 Smart Fortwo Sharpred Special Edition

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.

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2012 Smart Fortwo

2012 Smart Fortwo

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.

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2011 Smart ForVision Concept

2011 Smart ForVision Concept

After four years out on the streets, the Smart ForTwo deserves a new generation model. To their credit, Daimler is preparing to accommodate with the debut of their new ForVision Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The new concept vehicle is intended to show two things: the new design direction that Smart is undertaking and new technologies that the company is readying for their future models. The latter was made possible by Smart’s collaboration with BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, in the development of several advanced technologies that will be used on the concept and any other future models that could follow suit.

For this particular model - the second Smart concept to come out this year after the ForSpeed - the whole idea was to build a platform for future vehicles. Among the new materials that were built into the car with the idea of future production use include revolutionary plastic wheels and carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin for the doors and the passenger compartment. The latter allows the car to reduce up to 50% of its weight compared to steel and 30% when compared to aluminum. The ForVision Concept also carries a solar roof that provides an alternative source of energy for the concept’s electric drivetrain.

Since the ForVision Concept is still, well, a concept, expect the production version to be a little more attuned to the times. That’s not to say that it won’t carry all of the features of the concept version; it’s just that as far as concept-based production vehicles are concerned, it’s probably to temper expectations on the car.

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2011 Smart Brabus Tailor Made by WeSC

2011 Smart Brabus Tailor Made by WeSC

Brabus, along with street fashion brand, WeSC, is headed to the Frankfurt Motor Show with another product of the Automotive/Fashion world. Their little collaboration yielded a tailor made Smart ForTwo Cabrio and a special set of headphones specially designed for the Smart by WeSC.

This special Smart will be sparkling in gold shades throughout the exterior - part matte, part high-gloss - with all of the colors created for the Swedish label by automotive tuning firm, Brabus. The gold paint has been combined with black wheels and black leather seats with crossways quilting that bears the unmistakeable signature of the street style experts.

This special Smart by WeSC will be offered with air conditioning, a leather BRABUS sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift, the turbocharged 100 HP engine, and plenty of other features. Aside from the automotive additions, the most impressive feature for the new Smart is the 32-ohm headphones from WeSC, giving a nod to the car’s look, as can be seen in the perforated black ear pads and high-gloss golden highlights.

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2011 Smart ForTwo Pearlgrey Special Edition

2011 Smart ForTwo Pearlgrey Special Edition

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.

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2011 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Brabus La Bleue

2011 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Brabus La Bleue

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.

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