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car Smart City-Cabrio

Micro Car Company squeezed a unique market niche it launched the Smart city-coupe in A 2.5-meter-long car intended to carry two and their shopping made on Europe’s narrow urban and tight parking spaces. Now adds fun to the equation in the form of a roadster that’s true to the yet imbued with a new dimension of excitement.

Make that two the roadster and the roadster-coupé. The first an electrically retracting roof, the roadster-coupé has a covered rear and removable hardtop. The folding can be opened and closed even driving at top speed by pressing a on the center console. As in the Smart the side rails flanking the can be removed and stowed in one of the luggage for a completely unobstructed view of the

The roadster series keeps to the styling theme of futuristic quite unlike any other on the road. Where the city-coupe a double-take with its impossibly and bulbous design, the roadster an unmistakable sports car stance. It not so much an 80% scaled-down sports car as a 50x slot racer. The wheels are at the corners, the fenders bulge them, and the whole effect an invitation to drive quickly the nearest corner.

There are still four on this Smart’s face, but pair has now been stacked up on the edge of the front fenders. In that’s not enough, there are more eyes in the pair of The wheels look fitting for the the 15-inch twelve-spoke trackline, or three split-spoke spikeline. are 185/55 R 15, or optional 205/50 R 15 or R 16. The Tridion safety cell, around and above the passenger stands out in silver or black. The look is one of friendly aggression.

If the and roadster-coupé were prizefighters, would check in at the flyweight each weighs just 800 kg, 150 kg lighter than a conventional Of this total, the SUPREX engine takes up just 60 kg. mounted behind the seats, that weight where most effective: on the drive The weight distribution is typical for of a mid-engined car at 44 percent front. 56 rear.

The 3-cylinder turbocharged displaces just 698 cc, enough to out 80 hp and 110 Nm at 2250-4500 rpm. There’s a 60 hp / 95 Nm version. The 80 hp version is powerful to propel the lightweight car from 0 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds, the 60 hp takes its sweet time, triple digits in 15.5

The adequate power is channeled a six-speed semi-automatic transmission. isn’t an automatic with a override control, but a manual with sequential gears by computer at the driver’s command. If heard of this kind of before, it’s probably at the highest end of the scale, you’ll a certain Kimi Raikkonen a similar system. Aside the floor-mounted gearshift lever, also find a pair of shifters behind the steering

Starting on a hill without backwards is one advantage of conventional and the Smart’s transmission mimics behavior through its Hill Assist. The computer keeps the braked for 0.7 seconds after the releases the pedal, giving the enough time to press on the without the car rolling backwards or No need to pull up the handbrake for off on steep slopes, and smoking-clutch are a thing of the past.

Generous room for two should be a in a Smart, and the roadster keeps the intact. Where the city calls for an upright driving the roadster positions the occupants to the ground. This also the roadster to have a total height of just 1192 mm, 200 mm shorter than the Mercedes coupe. This lowers the of gravity and increases resistance to roll. Just as important, the should imagine, without too stretching, that his car is emulating a Well-bolstered buckets, a thick-rimmed wheel and large gauges the wheel and on top of the center dash the sport

This is one sports car doesn’t count tightness of among its attributes. There’s a bit of luggage room—one at each end of the The front compartment is deep for a small crate of fizzy or in this day and age, mineral and the rear for several large The hardtop also goes the rear trunk. The two should be for a trip to the grocery store or a getaway. A suitcase and some can also be stowed under the rear section of the roadster-coupé. a set of optional fitted luggage can fill every nook and


The Smart rides on independent struts at front and a DeDion at the rear. More spring at either end produces ride that should be near the top of its Because of the low center of gravity, and braking doesn’t tilt the as much, using up little of the travel. Another contributing is the lack of shake and scuttle afflicts some open The rigid TRIDION safety protects the passenger space, and allows sharper handling and tuning.

car Smart City-Cabrio

The TRIDION uses and extremely high-strength steel in the A-pillars and roof frame to integrity of the passenger cell in any of crash. Other passive features include pretensioned, seat belts and airbags.

As other Smarts, Electronic Programme (ESP) comes as ESP includes ABS, Brake and EBD functions. ESP also helps the car the direction in which the driver even at the limit of stability. It down the engine and selective individual wheels to limit of the front end (understeer) or pushing out of the end (oversteer). As on the M-class, ESP also as a limited-slip differential. If a wheel is to slip, the ESP applies the brake allowing the torque to be channeled to the with more traction.

If all of this sounds too tame, the mad at Brabus have been on Smart cars for some now, turning the City into some kind of athletic shoe. They’ve hunkered down to turn the into a barmy roller very fast one. For they’ve joined two Smart into a twin-turbo V6 engine 170 hp and 215 Nm. 0-100 km/h suddenly to less than six seconds, and top shoots up to 225 km/h.

Only of these roadsters were and reaction has so far been encouraging. If can resolve some of the packaging of their concept cars, as relocating the fuel tank its position inside the front compartment, then a run of several roadsters can be produced. Other roadsters from Stuttgart had watch their mirrors.

Smart is certainly proving its quite viable. Mercedes-Benz engineering and safety features are no part of that. We can attest the city cabrio is not a particularly car, but its compact size, interior and civilized road lends it a certain attraction. attraction now comes to fever in the roadster, a car that you’d to own just because you can then it any time you want to. The car fits the of the classic roadster: lightweight agile handling, and striking looks. Add a twist of Smart, and you get the radical roadster ever to hit the

By Jason Ang | Photos Courtesy of MCC

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car Smart City-Cabrio
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