Smart Roadster (2003–2007)
Cute midget sportscar size of Suzuki Cappucino and Honda Beat with mid-mounted turbocharged 698cc Suprex motor putting out 80bhp and 100Nm torque at 3,000rpm.
Gets to 60mph in 10.5 seconds and goes on to 112mph. Paddleshift option to speed up gearchanges of 6 speed sequential semi-auto box. Also Roadster Coupe version with glassed over back giving more luggage space but still a targa top.
In Europe from April 2002 with cut-price option of 60bhp engine. £10,000 stripped out basic LHD Roadster plus high spec LHD UK cars with 80bhp engine in UK late Spring 2003 from around £12,500, and with RHD from September from £13,500 - £15,000.
A real style icon in its day and the first serious competition to the MINI.
400 80bhp stripped-down Roadster Lights with steel wheels, no radio, no sports seats, no paddleshifts and no retractable roof offered late February 2004 at £11,995 (radio/CD player + £342). Cheap and cheerful in spirit of original Frogeye Sprite.
Smart Brabus from April 2004 with 101PS, 130Nm engine giving 0-60 in 8 seconds, improved mid-range acceleration and top speed of 122 mph. Prices for Brabus roadster £16,695 and roadster coupé £16,995. Equipment includes Monoblock VI 17" alloy wheels, twin sports exhaust, front spoiler, side skirts and radiator grille. Exclusive BRABUS interior includes leather trimmed dashboard, alloy-effect accent parts, BRABUS instrument graphics, leather/aluminium gearknob, aluminium handbrake handle, aluminium pedals and BRABUS floor mats.