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Overview [ edit ]

A Brabus -prepared sports version has been available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 engine, developing 130#160;kW (177#160;PS; 174#160;hp), 27#160;PS (20#160;kW; 27#160;hp) more than the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. The Brabus Forfour requires higher than standard octane fuel to develop full power.

It can reach a maximum speed of 221#160;km/h (137#160;mph) and accelerate from zero to 100#160;km/h (62#160;mph) in 6.9 seconds. The Forfour was to be sold in the United States along with the revived Smart Formore vehicle. [ 1 ] However, due to slow sales, the Forfour has been phased out from production. [ 2 ]

The sales brochures state that the interior is designed around the concept of a lounge; to test this, Top Gear presenters spent 24 hours inside the Forfour. They said they would not buy the car due to its high price and poor driving dynamics compared to its rivals.

Following Smart’s initial success for the fortwo in the US, and due to a surprisingly high popularity in the Forfour, former Mercedes-Benz exec Rainer Schmückle revealed that officials were considering relaunching the car. [ 3 ]

Expected second generation [ edit ]

Initiated by Penske Automotive Group Inc. (the company previously holding the rights to market and distribute smarts in the USA), and due to perceived customer demand, a second generation Forfour was set to begin production in 2012. It was going to be based on the latest generation of the Nissan Micra due to a joint venture between Daimler AG and Renault-Nissan in 2010.

The 2012 model would have been available only to the USA as a stop-gap to a possible true second generation Forfour rumoured to be coming in 2014–2015. However, after Daimler AG cancelled its agreement with Penske, thus assuming direct control over the Smart brand and its dealerships in the USA, the Micra-based Forfour was formally cancelled and will now not be built.

New Smart Fortwo and Forfour models built on a Renault base, rather than the Mitsubishi. are scheduled for 2013–2014. [ 4 ]

Electric version [ edit ]

A Smart Forfour has been converted into a plug-in hybrid by Lithium Technology Corporation [ 5 ] and Zytek Systems. The lithium-ion battery can propel the vehicle up to 84#160;mph (135#160;km/h) and last on its own for up to 20 miles (32#160;km). The engine is a combination of a 68#160;hp (51#160;kW; 69#160;PS), 1.5#160;L (92#160;cu#160;in), three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and two high-efficiency permanent-magnet electric motors. It received an award from the Energy Saving Trust for the “Ultra Low Carbon Car Challenge” project. [ 6 ]

Daimler has confirmed it will produce an electric version of the Smart Forfour during the second generation of production. Production is expected in 2014, as a 2015 model year. [ 7 ]

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