Every now and then Smart unveils a new concept, or limited
edition vehicle based on their defining ForTwo model.
There's been the CrossTown concept from 2005, and the
production CrossBlade from 2002 - essentially a ForTwo
with the roof and doors removed.
The Smart ForSpeed was first seen in a set of patent drawings
the company filed at the start of 2011. Although at the
time there were no concrete details of the as-then unnamed
The Smart Forspeed is scheduled to make its first public
outing at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Despite the name
the Forspeed isn't a high-performance variant of the ForTwo.
In fact it's quite the opposite.
Powering the Smart ForSpeed is a 100 percent electric
drivetrain which produces a none-too-sprightly 41 horsepower.
This setup allows the ForSpeed to reach 37 mph in 5.5
seconds, and top out at 75 mph. A boost button mounted
in the dash, when pressed, ups the motor's output by 7
As always, range is an important factor for electric cars.
The ForSpeed's is around 85 miles, and an 80 percent charge
is possible in 45 minutes - if you've got the right charger
Overall the Smart ForSpeed is a good looking little car
which sadly doesn't live up to its name.
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