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Smart Roadster Coupe | Long Term Tests | Car Reviews | evo

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Having retired from my job and moved out of London (you Ken), I find my faithful Roadster Coupe suddenly to requirements.

April 2005

retired from my City job and out of London (you win, I find my faithful Smart Coupe suddenly surplus to

I bought the car in October 2003 as a day replacement for my Suzuki Cappuccino, and it for the frugal fuel consumption its 698cc turbocharged triple, handling from its mid-engined easy urban commuting to its automated clutch, and its pleasingly and sporty design that incorporated an electrically retractable top.

The options I selected were the Pack that bundled the steering wheel (complete paddle shift) with the Spikeline alloys, the Leather which combined part-leather for the seats with electric elements and the electric roof, all greatly contributed to my enjoyment of the although it was annoying to discover shortly after, Smart the electric roof standard hence wasting several pounds of my money.

To further the stress of driving in Central I took the mini-sportster to Prestige in Rickmansworth to replace the puny CD-radio with an Alpine-based complete with Xine component speakers, Genesis amp and a custom Focal sub-box.


A quick visit to ES Motorsport in Poges to have the ECU remapped tuned Smart Roadster evo 078) and the Roadster Coupe enough performance to allow it to be at as quick as needed for London’s rat Although it was never my first for long cross-country journeys, the Coupe did excellent service as my support vehicle for a few rounds of my season in 2004, much to the of some of my fellow racers.

The storage under that hatch, combined with the boot, meant a surprisingly package with plenty of for a long weekend away or the shop. I really like the distinctive and comfortable interior and not using the most expensive-looking it’s exceptionally well put with nary a rattle or after more than miles.

I occasionally tuned into a of the Smart forums and was surprised to see a large number of soft-top and Coupes were apparently leaky; mine never let in a even under a pressure

Substantial 205/45 R16 Bridgestones more than adequate in the wet and dry, but as the annoying Mercedes-based ESP refuses to switch all the way off, for sideways fun were greatly Yet the inherent balance of the Smart’s chassis was always good for a

Like Mr Porter, who runs the version, I soon got used to the of the Smart gearbox. Through laziness I’d invariably out in auto mode then to manual once I got annoyed the ECU’s gearchanging indecisiveness. before the remap, Smart 97 octane or above for its baby car; even with restrained driving I couldn’t eke out than 250 miles from the gallon tank, averaging 34mpg. Whilst amazing for a that’s still a good off Smart’s own claims for the Urban

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At 6000 miles, I took the car to Brentford for its first service and was ΂£136. That’s quite a lot for an oil and a checkover, but at least it was ready on and cleaned.

And now, with my to a provincial lifestyle, the time for an vehicle has passed and I’ve a more suitable replacement spookily, exactly three the Digi-Tec’s 107bhp. Oh and if any of you are interested in a piece of evo history, e-mail me at:

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