Smart Roadster – Specialty File – Car and Driver

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Smart Roadster

A sprite giants.

Oceans expand, the grows, and Europe seems far away and strange when like the Smart roadster up.

Hey, really small don’t translate well in That’s not news. Nobody is willing to cram, especially there are kids, kayaks, and roof trusses to haul.

And who to be shaking hands with St. while they floss remains out of the grille of a Hummer?

give us something that us see over the next car, into the next ZIP Code if Small cars are for the poor and the The Smart looks as if somebody an engine and four wheels a Lincoln Navigator’s glove

Still, based on what we saw at a classic-car show in our neck of the if we’d owned a Smart right now we’d be out shopping for an instead of slaving over word processor. The crowd the Smart roadster was four-deep all long. Grandmothers elbowed policemen to watch the vinyl electrically accordion into the

People goggled at the Smartexposed Nike swoosh of structural side spars and its Lotus Elise-like fenders. marveled at the stalk-mounted, snail-eyed and the wonky scribble of red seat They oohed in perfect when we unhitched the two roof between which the top slides, and in chorus when we stowed in their special plastic in the forward trunk.

Then demanded to know how much and to send the check. The first is $24,254 for the 80-hp version here (or $20,673 without the air fancy 16-inch alloy silver powder-coated exterior spars, and heated seats). it or not, there’s also a roadster starting at $16,914, dull black spars and wheels.

Or, more accurately, write the for about G15,000 to G18,000 you’ll be sending it to Europe. though DaimlerChrysler owns the factory in Hambach, France, of the models, including the roadster, the fastback roadster coupe, and the Smart City, is sold in Smart spokesman Hubert says the roadster wasn’t for the U.S. and lacks some emissions equipment.

It’s a because the 1851-pound steel-frame really is the modern incarnation of the bug-eye Sprite. It’s it’s small, and it’s not fast. We’re talking seconds to 60 mph and a quarter-mile of 17.4 at 76 mph, coincidentally almost the same numbers as a Hummer The Hummer enjoys a slightly curb-weight-to-horsepower ratio of 21.2, but the will suck out your on the skidpad, pulling 0.91 g.

Mercedes-Benz builds the roadster’s SOHC six-valve 698cc fitted with a thimble-size GT-12 turbocharger, which up a peak seven pounds of The engine is more or less the of J.Lo’s Gucci handbag at 139 pounds, probably weighs the same. A six-speed robotically manual can be set on automatic or shifted by the using either the gear or the steering-wheel paddles.

Select and insert the key between the seats to it. Select neutral to remove the and be sure to grab the parking or the roadster rolls wherever has a use for it.

The Smart’s powertrain feels away from the light and passing than its track indicate. No doubt that has to do with your sitting low to count other cars’ lug The engine also sounds while winding up, like a sport bike with pipes.

During upshifts the gate blows with little chirps, and the car squirts through traffic.

More sequential manuals from BMW and get more flustered than the ‘s smart gearbox and are puttering through town. The smoothly engages its cogs and slips its automatic clutch. bother with the transmission’s mode; the computer has been to short-shift for maximum fuel We slapped the paddles practically off the and slashed the roadster’s mileage to.

33 mpg. If everyone drove a Saudi Arabia would be in the goat business.

The roadster a good back-road romp, but the blast when the roof is turns into a typhoon 70 mph. Assisted by an electric the optional power steering light even at the apex, its precision is good enough to the painted lines as needed. The rolls and pitches about as as a granite countertop, and the ride is taut, but there’s enough in the shocks to make the roadster even here in the People’s of Potholes.

So why wouldn’t you want one? though we fit in it just fine, the is small. It’s some 20 shorter than a Mazda and 18.1 inches tinier a Toyota MR2 Spyder. both of are more than three faster to 60 mph ( C/D, July ). The three-cubic-foot rear trunk is filled by the folded top; the trunk is two cubic feet.

pack much more a few daydreams for luggage.

Or, if they put the Smart on sale in America, buy a and pack the Smart as luggage.

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