Car Lust: Smart Roadster

17 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Lust: Smart Roadster


Smart Roadster

It’s far too long since I wrote a real sports car. By I don’t mean a big, heavy supercar like the Testarossa I wrote up on Thursday; like that offer horsepower and face-distorting cornering That’s fantastic, but it’s not at all traditional sports cars are all

Traditional sports cars are dance partners for twisty roads; open-air mood for mellow cruising under colors. The key to a pleasing sports car is a driving experience–often provided by a tossable chassis, an eager and, of course, an open

In the past, this niche has ably filled by MGs, Triumphs, Alfa Romeos, and (Loti?), but the pickings are much nowadays. Most of today’s are heavier, more comfortable, and powerful. Most aren’t light or direct enough, like a pocketknife than a

So where to turn? Well, to actually.

As everybody likely knows by the Mercedes-Benz brand Smart impossibly tiny city notable as much for their status and cartoon-like styling as for diminuitive proportions. From to 2005, Smart also out the Roadster and the curiously named Coupe.

The Roadster is a low-cut shoe for the road; a more four-wheeled motorcycle; a skin-tight, extension of your will. It is light (only 1,700 and flingable, with a zingy engine that cranked out as as 100 horsepower in performance trim.

Even in a car that light, 100 won’t provide sensory-altering but that means the Smart can be pushed to the limit without a fire suit, a pace or a safety crew at every It might not be the quickest car on the road, but on a day, with a bottle of and some fine cheese in the trunk, and the appropriate special in the passenger seat, it might be the most entertaining.

Of course, there’s an inevitable version for those who just get enough horsepower. Mercedes-Benz Brabus merged two turbocharged three-cylinders into one twin-turbocharged V-6 out 215 horspower. That’s big horsepower for the Roadster‘s flyweight and heft. Is this monster as and easy to drive as the standard

Probably not, but since a handful were made, not likely any of us will ever see one.

Smart’s micro-economy are just now starting to trickle the States; it’s great we have another interesting option, but I really wish the had made it over during its life cycle. The idea of a Lilliputian sprinter around roads, darting deftly 5,000-pound sedans, appeals to me. at least until somebody in a Expedition t-bones me–I a hunch a Smart Roadster disintegrate around me without denting the Expedition’s bumper.

These photos come Flickr user onlyroadster. who has a of gorgeous photos of this Smart Roadster.

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