Specs & weight of the smart car

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Specs & weight of the smart car
The Smart Car is still a bit of an oddity in the U.S. (small_car image by Marc Dubus from Fotolia.com)

The Smart Car earned itself a lot of attention when it arrived in the U.S. The extremely small vehicle was more in keeping with the type of vehicles found in Europe. The car has gained popularity since its debut but still is uncommon enough to generate stares. Five models available currently are available. A side-by-side comparison offers an interesting overview of the various specifications.

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Pure

The Fortwo Pure Coupe is the base model Smart Car with a base price of around £7,800. The weight, without a driver, is 820 Kilogram. It features a 1-liter, three-cylinder engine that generates 70 horsepower. The car has a maximum speed of 90 miles per hour and will accelerate from 0 to 60mph in a little less than 13 seconds. It gets 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 on the highway.

Passion

The Fortwo Passion Coupe is a sportier model. The base price is just less than £9,100. The weight of the vehicle is unchanged from the Pure version. In fact, all the technical specs are the same. The sportiness of the car comes from the aesthetic qualities. Alloy wheels and a panorama roof are two of the upgrades found on the Passion version of the Smart Car.

Passion Cabriolet

While the Pure and Passion are identical from a technical specification standpoint, there are some differences inherent in the Passion Cabriolet. The power train remains unchanged; however, this vehicle is slightly heavier at 840 Kilogram unoccupied. The central change from the standard Passion Coupe is the removable soft top. In addition, this model has an upgraded audio system that includes an MP3 player and CD changer. Its base MSRP is just less than £11,050.

BRABUS Coupe

Starting at just less than £11,700 MSRP, the BRABUS coupe is a collaboration between Smart Car and BRABUS. In terms of the power system and weight, this vehicle is identical to the Passion Cabriolet. The main difference on this vehicle is the suspension system and chassis, which are engineered with performance in mind. That is designed to make the vehicle drive a bit better than the other models. Besides that, features like leather interiors bring a sense of style.

BRABUS Cabriolet

The BRABUS Cabriolet model of the Smart Car is the heaviest of them all, at just less than 0.862 Kilogram. The power train remains unchanged, but it has the performance-designed suspension system found on the other BRABUS Coupe. The main difference between the BRABUS coupe and the Cabriolet version is a removable soft top and a little extra weight. The BRABUS Cabriolet is the most expensive Smart Car with an MSRP that starts just less than £13,650.

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