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The small of the 1950s and 60s is back – and it’s a Although the smart roadster and coupe won’t suit company car park, they certainly attract a healthy of fleet interest from and firms looking for a way to grab from potential customers.

I expect to see an engineer outside my in one, but an estate agent for a modern and trendy house would definitely look the

Jeremy Simpson reckons the car is the engaging he has ever driven. OK, he say that, because as head of he runs the UK side of the business. But in this capacity it’s a claim to make in front of of the country’s top motoring journalists who given the chance to drive the car in the The final proof, of course, be how many units smart can in the UK. But Simpson has a point.

Executives anticipate that by the end of the they will have between 2,000 and 3,000 – an impressive achievement considering the don’t reach UK showrooms September. Advance orders, along by last year’s at the British International Motor total more than

Simpson suggests a sales of about 7,000 units for year. That figure is the average for the segment and would total smart sales.

are arriving in this market at the right time,’ he said. in the lowest taxable bracket for car tax and it is born into a successful of vehicles that promise which won’t get the attention of cameras.’

Smart plans to increase to businesses and its cars are promoted as of a multi-brand offering alongside its Mercedes-Benz brothers. To prove will play a part in its success, smart will you tailored luggage including carrier and laptop computer bag to go your roadster coupe.

But the eager driver arrives at the to look at his or her potential purchase, one of the hurdles facing the brand – the price. Right-hand drive will be available with a 80bhp engine costing on-the-road for the roadster and £14,495 for the Just to put that in perspective, you have a Mazda6 for the same or a high-specification Ford Focus.

industry commentators had hoped the model would be priced at the £12,000 mark, so the question is or not the brand is strong enough to the price. Mercedes-Benz thinks so, the models part of a premium car brand. Also, many out that the price buys a Mercedes-Benz sports car.

Standard specification on the new smart an electrically-operated soft-top, six-spoke alloy wheels, driver and airbags, six-speed SOFTIP transmission, power steering, player and leather steering and gearknob.

The coupe adds a removable hard top, the soft-top available as an option, additional storage space, trim on components and a centre Ahead of the B-pillar you’ll the roadster and coupe are identical. For wanting the extra storage in the coupe, it almost has a respectable compared to the roadster’s shelf.

Renschler, executive vice-president Car Group, business unit said: ‘The smart and smart roadster-coupe signal the of our second model range and the milestone of our product offensive. our specialist cars for urban we are now offering a smart idea for the road.

‘The cars are an unforgettable market segment has regrettably disappeared. Who could to recall the emotional roadsters of the and 60s – the Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ the classic MGA or the Triumph Spitfire? were roadsters which on pure unadulterated driving in close touch with rather than on comfort.’

Drivers eager for this of wind-in-the-hair, flies-in-the-teeth motoring have to wait until for right-hand drive models.

smart is bringing in some hookers that will be in June with either a 80 bhp engine, costing from for the roadster and an extra £1,000 for the coupe. There will be an entry-level left-hand drive with 61bhp, which at a cut-price £9,995, but this not be available in right hand format.

Behind the wheel

The roadster is a fabulously cool car – and one will turn heads It will look great along country lanes and cause other motorists to when stuck in inner traffic.


It’s not throw-your-head-back but performance is still pretty with the 0-62mph time of seconds feeling faster it looks on paper.

And the roar of the engine as you depress the sounds fabulous and makes up for it lacks in speed, while its handling also makes up for its of grunt.

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The biggest downside is the manual gearbox. You can leave it to gear as a standard automatic or is a semi-auto gear lever you push up or down. Thirdly, you the option of Formula One-style on the steering wheel.

However you use it, there is a delay between changes which is annoying.

verdict

It’s definitely to be a summer for roadsters and the smart competition from the likes of StreetKa, and established favourites as the Mazda MX5, Toyota MR2 and the 206cc.

But the smart’s futuristic normally exclusive to concept that never see the light of ensures it stands out from the crowd. It is expensive but affluent with enough spare for a second car will lap it up, I’m Expect a trendy young near you to put in a few orders too.

Model: smart roadster/ coupe

Engine (cc):

Power (bhp/rpm): 80/5,250

(lb-ft/rpm): 81/2,250

Max speed 108

0-62mph (sec): 10.9

economy (mpg): 55.4

C02 (g/km): 122

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car Smart Roadster
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