Smart Forstars concept

LCD projector

Exterior speakers

Profile

Massive wheels

Interior

Electric drive

Rear hatch

Open hatchback

Rear storage area

Transparent roof

The future of Smart

The Smart Forstars concept debuted today at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and--surprise--it actually seems like a fun little runabout.
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The Forstars features a very distinct face with puffy cheeks formed by flared fenders and angry eyes formed by the large headlight fixtures.
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Embedded in the Forstars' hood is an LCD projector that can be used to project video onto a nearby wall. Users control the projector with a Bluetooth paired iPhone.
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The Forstars also features an upgraded audio system for the passengers, as well as external speakers for sharing their favorite movie soundtrack with others nearby.
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The wheelbase and overall length have been stretched versus a standard Fortwo. The Forstars is also slightly lower. This, combined with the fully transparent roof, gives the Forstars a low, speedster profile.
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Massive 21-inch wheels fill the bulging wheel wells. This is the sort of thing that you could only ever get away with on a concept car. Well, this and the whole projector gimmick.
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The interior is decidedly concepty, featuring glossy painted surfaces, shiny white plastic, and metallic trim. Like the Fortwo, the Forstars only features seating for two passengers.
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The Forstar's rear axle is twisted by a 60 kw lithium ion battery. In regular car numbers, that's about 80 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of torque.
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The rear hatch opens in an unconventional way...
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Part of the rear hatch slides back and down while the glass panel lifts up. Meanwhile, a section of the cargo area's floor slides back to facilitate easy loading.
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Most of the Forstar's enlarged footprint is manifested in the storage area behind the passengers' seats.
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When we say Forstar's entire roof is transparent, we mean the whole thing. Even the rear spoiler and the slight brim shade over the windshield are see-through.
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The Fourstars actually seems like it would be a fun electric city car. Sans the projector gimmick, the colorful interior, and the clear roof, and I think this is a pretty good indicator of what we should expect from the future of Smart.
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