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smart roadster Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 22 May

When you combine German a rear mounted turbocharged six-speed sequential gearbox and an top two-seater body you probably the latest offering from But you would be mistaken.

Mercedes-Benz supplied their expertise to subsidiary smart (small s), to their new roadster. Diminutive in and loaded with features, the new weighs in at 790kg and is less 3.5metres long and only tall. Supplying the power is an turbo three-cylinder mated to a SOFTOUCH sequential gearbox.

roadster is meant to recreate the of those lightweight sports of the 50’s and 60’s

In today’s lightweight doesn’t mean on, having to meet 21st safety standards. Central to is the Tridion steel safety that forms the basic of the roadster. Bolted to it are plastic panels, which are not only quality, but damage resistant. finish is excellent although the gaps are wider than steel bodywork.

Starting at $37,990 standard include; airconditioning, power power windows, electric top, remote central and alloy wheels. Dual ABS/EBD braking system, ESP stability program) and an integral bar form the backbone of the standard equipment.

Various option are available, the test car being with the Sports Pack; (16 Spikeline alloy wheels, sports steering wheel paddle shift gearchange) at $1,970, additional instruments gauge and engine temperature $280 and light package running lights) $170. tuning firm Brabus feature in the options list a choice of 17 inch wheels or sports tuned exhaust

Don’t let the smart’s petite fool you. Inside the body is a surprisingly roomy two although entry and exit some minor gymnastics courtesy of the small doors. inside, the slimline sports offer good support and but have a limited range of All round vision is excellent, the front screen framing the wheel arches. Reversing is the upright letterbox rear is only centimetres away, the flat rear deck in view.

A large low set steering sits on a fixed column may create problems for taller Being a clutchless manual is ample room around the brake and accelerator pedals. the wheel, in separate pods, are the gauges. The speedo with its graphics and thick pointer can be to read. Ventilation and audio are housed in the centre dash, a row of switches underneath take of the power windows and electric A touch of the button stows the top and for the open air experience the roof rails can be stored in the front Cabin storage is at a premium, the glovebox being complemented by door pockets. Pack if you’re planning a few days The front boot can handle bags but the rear won’t much more than jackets.

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Fire up the engine and you realise the three-cylinder is only an arm’s away. Under acceleration its note sounds like exotic machinery, but it is noisy cruising. Three transmission modes are possible; full sequential changes via the gearlever, or the F1 wheel paddles. Automatic results in slow, deliberate that upset the car’s Gearlever changes allow you to the throttle slightly for smoother The paddles are the best, changing with your little imitating a Grand Prix

As a modern incarnation of those and 60’s sports cars, the is wide of the mark. It lacks the feel and sharp responses of an out and out car, (although it retains the roof buffeting of the previous While the steering is well it requires more initial than expected giving it a numb feel. Ride is excellent with only tarmac sending a shiver the bodyshell and seats. Scuttle — always a problem for an car — is minimal.

Roadholding and handling is user the wide Bridgestones generating grip. This can overshadow the failsafe understeer being the characteristic. Lightweight and good certainly help the smart its composure along tight, roads. Braking is strong, the pedal has a heavy feel in character with a larger

The turbo three certainly embarrass itself in heavy traffic or on the open road. above 3000 rpm keeps the moving along happily and need to keep an eye on the speedo. harder acceleration the turbo and popping wastegate can become


smart’s roadster a huge amount of fun, but it may be to box above its weight, lacking the and performance of similarly priced Two things are certain, any trip take longer while you questions and objects in the mirror are as big as appear.

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