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.

  • 2011 Smart Forspeed Concept
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    Rear-mounted electric motor
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    47 horsepower
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    75 mph
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Exterior and Interior

2011 Smart Forspeed Concept High Resolution Interior
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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.


2011 Smart Forspeed Concept High Resolution Exterior
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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?


2011 Smart Forspeed Concept High Resolution Exterior
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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.


2011 Smart Forspeed Concept High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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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.

2011 Smart Forspeed Concept Exterior
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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  (502) posted on 12.29.2011

Though I’m really so fond with this, I don’t think that this kind of car is reliable on the road. If I’m going to have it, I would rather display it than to drive this one.

  (569) posted on 12.15.2011

Wow! The interior part of the car is really great and even with the exterior of it. I also noticed that the color on its inside looks very nice. Just too bad only that it is an electric vehicle which is so unreliable for these days.

  (530) posted on 11.22.2011

I don’t know if I’m going to say that its 75 mph is already quite remarkable for this concept or not? smiley Anyway, I’m so impressed with the other features this vehicle had, especially on its spacious interior.

  (382) posted on 11.14.2011

This concept is one of the most impressive futuristic small cars that I saw today! smiley I am really hoping that they truly had the plan to put it on the market!

  (374) posted on 11.9.2011

This one is too futuristic, and I’m curious if the engine specification of it, will be quite good enough on it? Anyway, I am hoping that they really had the plan to put this on the market.

  (287) posted on 10.3.2011

What a cute concept! Though I’m really so fond with this, I don’t think that this kind of car is reliable on the road. If I’m going to have it, I would rather display it than to drive this one.

  (434) posted on 09.26.2011

A very futuristic car! So cute, is it a city car? Anyway, it seems that they really don’t have any plan to put this one on a production. Alas! And I too, I love to see this on person.

  (599) posted on 09.23.2011

Hahaha I was laughing out loud when I read the "we can buy it...in our dreams". smiley Anyway, I hope that they put this on a production or in debut because I would really love to see this one in person.

  (474) posted on 09.22.2011

I noticed that all Smart concept’s are so cute and had a unique platform design and style. I also noticed that they are creating a futuristic small cars but I really don’t like the fact that this will be one of the ’unreliable’ cars that I saw today!

  (473) posted on 03.16.2011

This one actually looks kinda cute. And it’s electric too. It’s just too bad that they won’t be building this, since it will definitely be an interesting ride.

  (38) posted on 02.28.2011

For anyone thinking of buying this, there are much cheaper ways of killing yourself. I’ve seen these on the highways in New England and it boggles my mind. I saw some crash test video of one getting hit by a medium-sized car and the Smart car literally went airborne! Not good. Definitely not smart!

  (596) posted on 02.23.2011

Plus of course the Fit runs on regular unleaded. While I would love to see people in this country move out of their huge gas ing SUV and pickup trucks (won’t happen till gas is over $5 a gallon), a Smart is just too small and unnecessary.

  (368) posted on 02.23.2011

I know Smart sold a lot of cars to the early adapters but I hardly them things on the road, and when I do think to myself, "what a pointless car, my Honda Fit probably gets close to the real world mileage of a Smart, it looks better, it’s safer, it’s more comfortable, it’s a lot more convenient, and it’s still small enough to be a great city car.

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