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Very smart...

smarts' latest limited edition is called 'nightorange', and I'm sure we can all see why.

Featuring the most vibrant orange and sinister jet black two tone bodywork, the limited edition sees the city car acquire some 15" three-spoke alloys in black to compliment the door mirrors and grille.  Upon further inspection the lights reveal a titanium colour inset and a subtle bade displayed by the door mirrors lets others know, that yours is not just any old city car.

Moving inside and the smart gets racy wearing a black leather and fabric mix, finished off nicely with orange stitching and complimentary racing stripes throughout the seats and dash elements.

With the choice of an optional 6.5" touch screen with an upgraded stereo, the nightorange is a limited edition that looks good and sounds great too.

But you better be quick a total of just 235 nightorange edition smarts will be made in both coupé and convertible configs, available in a choice of 999cc  petrol engines, the 71bhp micro hybrid drive, which returns an impressive 65.7mpg (combined) or a 84bhp turbo.  Starting from £9,995, the nightorange will be available from retailers across the UK.

 

smart forspeed - a Speedster Like no Other

Okay, so smart don't refer to it as a Speedster, but I think the raised arches behind the headrests suggest it, and I can't think of how else to describe it.

smart's newest concept is somewhat of a dream as it would never be produced to look like this, however the ability to feel as open air as this with it's 'wind deflector' windscreen and lack of door windows is pretty cool.

Possibly the biggest fan of convertibles myself, I have to admit I would love to see this on the road tomorrow, and it reminds me a lot of the Renault Wind, and the figures smart have published seem to suggest that they've been testing it for the real world, it reads...

"For example, the smart forspeed accelerates from 0 to 37 mph in just 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 75 mph. A 30 kW magneto-electric motor is installed at the rear of the smart forspeed and the vehicle concept provides an immediate powerful response from stationary. Pressing a button in the centre console activates a boost function which provides an extra 5 kW of power for a short time and is ideal for overtaking manoeuvres on urban highways, for example. The smart forspeed is powered by a lithium-ion battery that delivers 16.5 kWh of electrical energy. It is simple to charge at any conventional 220 Volt socket. The charging device is located in the third brake light behind the smart logo and features a simple push/push opening mechanism. A fully charged battery is sufficient for 84 miles of driving fun (NEDC). Quick charging from 0 to 80 percent takes just 45 minutes."

Exciting stuff smart!