Roadshow Video Reviews
Smart ForSpeedSmart attempts to shed some of its utilitarian image with the ForSpeed concept.
-Now, as you may know, Smart has been testing an electric version of their car, really a demonstration mule for some time. But this is a new concept that really envisions what that car might look like, not just what it would run like. It's called the Smart ForSpeed Concept. And the naming is kind of interesting because if you drive a current ForTwo, you end up renaming the Smart ForCryingOutLoud because that gearbox is a pain in the ass. This would address that right away. There would be no gearbox; electric power here, meaning, super smooth, quick, and torquey. In fact, they quote a 0 to 60 of 5.5 on this guy. Now, if I'm not mistaken, that's 0 to 60 kilometers an hour, so, we're not exactly talking about a Formula One car here, but still, quick, perky, torquey--things you like in a small car. Check out the way it has been styled. Now, this is not exactly a production-ready vehicle. You've got this kind of a, well, let's just say interesting sort of eyelash treatment around the headlights. But that's the whole new way of putting light out is through these sort of channel-managed LED array I think that's signifying. Inside, you've got more of a Porsche Speedster from the old days, windscreen, and then, of course, this is gonna two hump profiles. So, it's got a real, speedy, kind of vintage racer look to it. Don't take any of that too seriously. But as you can see, they're trying to push the envelope here on what a Smart would look like so that it can stand apart visually when it becomes electric. This is a key thing. This is the Prius lesson. If you take a car that is different and don't make it look different, that may not print with the car-buying public as readily. Range? 85 miles. 80% charge in just 45 minutes, but that requires a 220 outlet. Notice you've got no exterior door handles. You just kinda reach in and open this thing in kind of a vintage way, but that won't be production either.