The Smart Roadster Coupé

Wednesday, 9 November 2005

![Smart Roadster Coupé](http://www.salameander.com/uploads/20050909-roadster2.png)

Alright, I’ve taken the [BMW 1 Series](http://www.salameander.com/2005/02/21/the-bmw-1-series) off my list and have replaced it with the über cool Smart Roadster Coupé. I caught one driving in SS2 some nights ago and it’s tiny! Small as it may be, this 0.6 litre engine on 4 wheels looks seriously fun. A quick poke around [Smart’s website](http://www.smart.com) reveals some interesting—to a non-petrolhead like myself—facts about the car:

* 3 cylinder turbocharged engine (turbo sounds fast).
* 698 CC (that’s 0.6 litre right? The Getz we’re driving now is a 1.5 litre).
* Maximum speed of 160 km/h (I hardly drive above 140 km/h anyway __AND__ local highway speed limits caps at 110 km/h).
* It’s got [ESP](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Stability_Program), [ABS](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-lock_braking_system), [ASR](http://www4.mercedes-benz.com/e/home/innovation/recentdevelopments/safety/fahrzeug/asr.htm) and airbags (nice).
* Ton of options (fog lamps, cruise control, steering wheel paddleshifts-ala-formula-1 etc).
* Convertible roof.
* Brabus Xclusive Variant ([OMG!](http://www.acronymfinder.com/acronym.aspx?rec={8DFA0F90-89E8-11D4-8351-00C04FC2C2BF})).

The Brabus Xclusive is a tweaked up version of their 60kW model. It has some Brabus exterior extras and a sports tuned engine so it __Goes Faster__™. 0-100 km/h in 8 seconds faster that is (the Nissan Skyline GTR, however, tramples the competition in about 5.3 seconds).

![Smart Roadster Coupé](http://www.salameander.com/uploads/20050909-roadster1.png)

Anyway, I’m not sure about what I’m reading, but reports was that DaimlerChrysler was to stop production of the Roadsters, which drove demand for the model up 30% in UK, so they’re now letting the production continue through 2006 ([link](http://www.carpages.co.uk/smart/smart-future-19-07-05.asp?switched=on&echo=924298996)), beyond that, it’s hard to say. Yay, I have another year to save up for the *£17,295* (*MYR 113,672*) car. More pictures [here](http://images.google.com/images?q=smart%20roadster%20coupe).

![Smart Roadster Coupé](20050909-roadster3.jpg)

__Reviews__:

* [Honest John’s Road Tests](http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road_tests/index.htm?id=138)
* [Time’s Online](http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/article/0„12929-1073875,00.html)

4 Comments

#1Gravatar imageLigeirinho says:

What with all the silly taxes and crap, by the time you can get in into the country it’ll be priced at over RM200,000! :p

#2Gravatar imagepsychedelic hamster says:

like i said before, babies in the boot…

#3Gravatar imageMichelle says:

Psychedelic Hamster: Babies aren’t in his atmosphere at the moment. :p

#4Gravatar imagevuihow says:

698 CC ?? Whoaaaa my Pug baby’s 1.8 and it’s drinking fuel like water!

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