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car Smart Crossblade

. and then you fry. The new Smart has no roof, no hood, no doors and no to speak of. It’s just the for an exclusive clientele of wealthy, exhibitionists, says Peter

12:00AM BST 25 May 2002

Hey, at me! (That is me, I promise you.) driving an MCC Smart Crossblade. And not any old MCC Smart Crossblade, either. A on the facia indicates that is actually car number 0007, a limited edition of 2,000. How is that? Just the thing for Bond, if it weren’t for the extra And unless I misheard the story, is the actual car that Robbie wanted, until he went for 0008 instead Mind I can’t imagine why, as not much to choose between any of All Crossblades are black and silver, bright red trim. They all the same engine, the tiny three-cylinder turbo from the Coupe, electronically tweaked for a bit power. They all have the body kit, three-spoke and wide tyres. As you will have noticed, they no roof, no hood, no doors and no to speak of.

Somewhat ironically for a car that obviously appeal to people a shameless, self-promotional streak, drivers will have to anonymous, too. You can’t any personal possessions in the cockpit those that aren’t will get blown away by the You can’t drive the thing a pair of goggles to keep the out of your eyes, and you need a hat to the sun off your face; after the cap at the press launch near flew off as soon as I exceeded I already have a bright red (to match the seats) across the top of my

That wouldn’t be a problem in of course. Indeed the whole car is with drain holes in the and even a nylon tonneau in the tiny boot, which also accommodate a couple of bags and a towel or two.

even a holder on the facia for a cup of peas. But this is not really the car for a wet weekend in Lancashire, even if you brave enough to weather the of sarcasm you would surely The Crossblade is clearly aimed at an clientele of sun-browned exhibitionists to express their personal and independence (as the marketing mumbo it) in sunnier, wealthier climes.

Although five inches and three inches wider the Smart Cabrio, the Crossblade is small enough to park on the of a big fat yacht, expensive enough to be a frivolous waste of money and enough to facilitate an all-over tan driving. Apart from bum, of course.

Perhaps you throw out the seats and drive up. You’d soon be done to a and you’d certainly turn as you cruised along the prom. look at me. You won’t know who I am I’ve got to wear these and a hat, but just look, got a great body, and I’m enough to spend £16,000 on a car. Yeah, I used to a scooter, but I kept falling and, hey, scabs are so not And that’s so not true about waste. This car is all about innovation and joy of driving Well, that’s what it says in the But let’s get real. Functionality? To be you can’t do much with it attract attention, and in that the Crossblade gets 10 out of 10. Innovation? out the practical necessities of most motoring life and hand-building a at more than twice the of the fully equipped base is not, I hope, the future of transport. But again you’ve got to full marks to MCC for actually the sort of vehicle that escapes the confines of a motor stand. As for joy of driving, it depends you mean by driving. Me, I draw the at 1,631lb, 70bhp golf even if they are capable of

Let’s be unnecessarily serious for a and pay a brief visit to the conventional of a road test.

Handling? really got any. If you want to the concept of understeer, hurl a into a corner as fast as you and watch all your momentum as you plough straight on. Lifting off the makes no difference to the car’s and although grip is surprisingly there isn’t really power to get you into trouble. You can the Crossblade as hard as you like, is mildly entertaining for a while, but neither quick or responsive to be rewarding.

Performance? Nought to 60-odd in 17 and a bit more horsepower will be in a minute, when the automatic decides to change down. You can into sequential manual but there’s no revcounter and you can’t the engine for the wind so you’ll end up it in second or third. Even so, if you to accelerate out of a corner you need to the pedal before you’ve turned the steering wheel, is fun of a sort but soon strikes you as a strategy on a twisty coastal frequented by Italian drivers.

No thanks, mate, I’ve got a Seven.

car Smart Crossblade

To be fair, there are aspects of the Crossblade that doubtless tempt extrovert It would certainly benefit more power, a revcounter and a gearbox. But for what it is, a sort of scooter, it’s a nice It’s striking, small and with anti-lock brakes and and passenger airbags. The padded, beams (supported by gas struts) convey side impact in place of doors are clever and solid. The driving position is good and the seats are comfortable. The is commendably stiff and the fit and finish are as you might expect from a machine, though I doubt if it look quite as smart it’s smeared in suntan

All in all, then, the Crossblade is a amusing beach-to-beach buggy. But I help thinking that the was true of the Sixties Mini and that had a fabric roof, a windscreen and four seats. And the didn’t cost as much as a new MG.

MCC Smart Crossblade

Price/availability: UK sales limited to 40 cars; on July.

Engine/transmission: 599cc, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol; 70bhp at 80lb ft of torque from Six-speed sequential automatic rear-wheel drive.

Performance: top 84mph, 0-62mph in 17sec, EC fuel consumption 45.5mpg, CO2 137g/km.

Worth considering: MCC Cabriolet, from £9,999. Super Seven, from Westfield 1800, from Grinnall Scorpion (fully from £14,800. Mazda from £14,995. MG TF, from Fiat Barchetta (LHD from £13,815. Classic Moke, about £4,000. Renault Sport Spider (if you can one). Several scooters. Sun cream. Sun hat. Sunburn. comments.

car Smart Crossblade
car Smart Crossblade
car Smart Crossblade
car Smart Crossblade

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