Smart

Smart can trace its roots back to the year 1991 when the CEO of SMH (the parent company of Swiss watch making brand Swatch), Nicolas Hayek, signed an agreement with Volkswagen to collaborate on the creation and manufacturing of a highly-customizable, style-oriented two-seater city car. However, the deal fell through after some top level management changes within VW took place (the company had its own plans to make a similar efficient city car) and Hayek went back to searching for another partner - after being turned down by BMW, GM, Fiat and Renault, a deal was established with Daimler-Benz (parent company of Mercedes-Benz) in 1994. The first Smart ForTwo (back then known as the Smart City-Coupe or City-Cabrio) burst onto the scene in 1998 and the rest, as they say, is history. Since it was launched that year, almost two million ForTwo models have been sold globally (Smart is present in 46 different markets) at a steady rate of around 100,000 units per year. After the initial model established itself on the market (there was nothing else like it available initially), Smart also launched the Smart Roadster (available as a Coupe or Cabrio), a lower and sportier model with a low center of gravity and good handling (which was phased out and it didn't get a second generation). The current crop of models (the Fortwo and Forfour) was created as a joint effort between Smart and Renault - both models are almost identical to the Renault Twingo from a mechanical standpoint.

What is the Cheapest Smart?

The most affordable Smart is the cheapest version of the Fortwo which in Europe starts from just over €10,000. The base Fortwo is powered by a 61-horsepower 1.0-liter non-turbo three-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual gearbox and very little in the way of frills or gadgets.

What is the Sportiest Smart?

Smart sells a Brabus-tuned version of its Fortwo with 109 horsepower, lowered and stiffened suspension, front tower brace, a sharper steering rack and a snappy dual-clutch gearbox. It does also feature some exterior modifications over the standard car (a gloss black front splitter, gloss black side skirts, unique Brabus wheels and a faux diffuser in the back with two exhaust tips poking through). Inside, it boasts a sporty steering wheel and sports seats, plus since it is a high-spec model, it’s well appointed too - you can even have it with leather on top of the dashboard.

What is the Most Popular Smart?

The Fortwo is Smart’s most popular model, outselling the roomier and more practical Forfour by about two to one. In Europe, over 60,000 Fortwos find homes each year, compared to just around 35,000 Forfours.

What is the Most Expensive Smart?

Brabus recently revealed the limited series, all-electric Fortwo Ultimate E Shadow Edition of which only 28 examples will be made. It features a much more dramatic makeover than lesser Brabus-tuned Smarts, that includes a widebody kit, new bumpers, as well as unique 18-inch wheels. Inside, there are swathes of red leather on the dashboard, steering wheel, seats and door panels and there’s plenty of carbon fiber trim too. Now be prepared to be gobsmacked: the asking price for one is €64,900 (almost $74,000).

What is the Fastest Smart?

Since no Smart is really built for speed, the fastest one you can buy right now tops out at 175 km/h (109 mph), which may not sound that impressive, but it definitely is for a car that is about as wide as it is long (and also fairly tall too). The model in question is the Brabus 125R (available as a coupe or cabrio) whose 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbo has been cranked up to 123 horsepower (125 PS), with a peak torque rating of 200 Nm (148 pound-feet). Smart says it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, which is really quick for a car like this. Apparently, Smart is adamant that you can (and should) take this pocket rocket to the track too.

Are Smart Cars Reliable?

No, not really, according to statistics. Smart reliability is about middle of the pack, or just below the average. Owners report frequent foibles with their powertrain, as well as some suspension and axle-related issues, although it appears that opinions vary quite dramatically depending on where you source your reliability data. Some owners say they’ve had no problems with the car and the larger Forfour generally seems to be just that little bit more dependable than the Fortwo - this doesn’t really make sense because they are essentially the same car, only one has two extra doors.

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