The wait is over: Since the latest-generation smart fortwo was launched last year, fans have been clamoring for the droptop version. Now, the smart fortwo cabrio makes its debut at the Frankfurt motor show (IAA).
Urban driving goes topless. Like its hardtop cousin, the smart fortwo cabrio is the perfect car to dash from one engagement to the next – with the size and agility to park pretty much anywhere. But now, the latest addition to the smart line-up throws in a healthy dash of vitamin D as standard.
Three cars in one
Open air enthusiasts know that sunlight is a mood enhancer all year round – and that the night sky sparkles brighter with the top down. With the smart fortwo cabrio, all it takes is the push of a button.
The all-new electric “tritop” textile-roof folds back in two stages: First it pulls back to the C-pillar along the two sidebars, just like a large sunroof. For the full fresh air experience, it then collapses all the way down into the trunk, making the heated glass rear screen disappear from view. To top it off, the sidebars can easily be removed and neatly stowed inside the trunk lid.
Overall, this takes just over 10 seconds at the touch of a button, whether operated from inside the car or from the outside using the remote key fob. Incredibly, this maneuver can be executed right up to the top speed of 151 resp. 155 kilometers per hour (depending on the choice of 52 kW or 66 kW engine). This makes the smart fortwo cabrio three cars in one: a closed two-seater, a city runaround with a large folding roof, and an all-out convertible.
Putting the fun into functionality
smart is all about FUN.ctional design – an approach that appeals to both head and heart. And with the cabrio version, it addresses another virtue: sportiness. Here, the tridion safety cell – which lends the car its immediately recognizable two-tone look – is slightly sharper-edged than on the closed version.
Together with the slimmer B-pillar, this gives the new fun-mobile an even more dynamic stance. And to make sure that the convertible is just as rigid as the coupé, the cabrio has been toughened all over, making it 15 % firmer than its predecessor, although the roof is actually slightly larger (by 4 %, to be precise). No big surprise, then, that the roof doesn’t only come in convertible-standard black, but also in red and blue denim.
Safe like the big ones
The same high standards go for safety: The smart fortwo cabrio roof not only meets all legal requirements, but also the even more exacting Mercedes-Benz demands. Finally, to make sure the passengers’ hair styles remain firmly in place, a cleverly-designed fin on top of the windshield frame prevents any unwelcome drafts in the cabin.
Keeping passengers dry, no matter how biblical the downpour, the roof has run through the same rigorous testing regime used to put the Mercedes S-class convertible through its paces. So, anyone who still hankers after that just-out-of-bed-look should simply pop their head out of the window for a minute.
Power for a fast-paced lifestyle
Naturally, the latest addition to the smart family also delivers bags of driving fun.
Two lively engines with 52 kW/71 hp and 66 kW/90 hp can be paired with a manual five-speed transmission or the smooth, dual clutch twinamic automatic (Combined fuel consumption (l/100):4.3 (4.3 DCT)/ 4.3 (4.2 DCT)).
Like all smart fortwo models, the miniscule turning circle of 7.30 m (wall to wall) or 6.95 m (curb to curb) allows for maneuvers that leave larger cars behind. Customers can choose from three spec levels with a wealth of features: passion, prime, and proxy. For even more individuality, there is the Urban Style package with its black wheel arch linings and lowering kit. And finally, there’s the option to create an entirely bespoke version of the smart cabrio with the new tailor-made BRABUS packages.
Not to forget the communicative icing on the cake: smartphone integration via MirrorLink (now available for all smart models) to complement the car’s connection to sky, sun, wind, moon, and the stars. A package otherwise only available in a full vacation home.
For more information on the new smart fortwo cabrio, please visit smart.com
All the images, incl. the header image: Daimler AG