Smart's press release categorizes the ForStars concept as a Sports Utility Coupe (or SUC, for short). Let's just hope that it doesn't SUC as badly as the poorly reviewed Smart ForTwo.
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Let's jump right into the ForStars' most interesting feature: the LCD projector that's located in what at first appears to be a hood scoop. When parked, a plastic visor can be retracted to expose the projector's lens.
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Instant drive-in theater
Drivers are able to project movies or other video onto a nearby wall while parked. Loudspeakers in the door share the accompanying audio with nearby viewers. It's like a having a drive-in theater wherever you go.
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The projector is controlled via Bluetooth with an iPhone. This is something you can only do with a concept car -- to the best of my knowledge, neither iOS nor Bluetooth allows HD video streaming.
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The Smart remixed
The ForStars' glass roof lets passengers literally see the stars. Outside of the projector gimmick and the glass roof, the ForStars is a remix of elements we've seen on previous Smart concepts and production cars.
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Starting with a body that's based on the Smart for-us concept that debuted at the Detroit Motor Show, the ForStars gives us a fairly good idea of what the automaker's next corporate face will look like.
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Tridion safety cell
Like all Smart models, the ForStars features contrasting paint that highlights its tridion safety cell, a rigid hoop of metal that protects passengers in the event of a collision.
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The Smart ForTwo features one of the most minimal cabins on the road today. The ForStars ups the aesthetic ante with glossy paint all over, but doesn't really add much in the way of dashboard technology.
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The ForStars features a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the ForTwo, but it still only has seating space for two.
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U-shaped steering wheel
The U-shaped steering wheel looks cool on a concept, but I can't imagine that it's good for real-world driving. Fortunately, such a feature will likely not see production.
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Metallic gauges with inset LCDs are a step up from the ForTwo's simplistic plastic dials.
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Being electric, the ForStars likely only uses one forward gear, so it doesn't need a complex shifter. A simple PRND lever will suffice.
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Much of the ForStars' increased footprint is reflected in the increased rear storage area.
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The Smart ForStars uses the same 60 kW electric motor from the Smart Brabus electric drive to spin its rear wheels.
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With about 99 pound-feet of zero-lag torque and a top speed of about 80 mph, the ForStars is no mere shiny golf cart. It's no sports car either, despite its mid-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration.
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The estimated single-charge range from the 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery hasn't been specified.
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Wheels and tires
The smart ForStars rolls on 21-inch wheels wrapped in 245-width, ZR-rated Michelin sports tires. That's probably overkill for a car that outputs less than 100 pound-feet of torque, but it sure looks nice.
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I'm seeing a bit of visual similarity to Hyundai's quirky Veloster in the Smart ForStars' rear-quarter view.
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Paris Motor Show debut
We'll see more of the ForStars when the Smart concept debuts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month.