Smart - For Two
The ForTwo is the original Smart model that was launched in 1998 as the City Coupe.  The name ForTwo was introduced when smart began to produce new models. The car is intended primarily for urban use, and is one of the lightest cars in the European market with a weight of 730 kg due to its reinforced steel shell with plastic body panels. The Smart ForTwo's length of only 2,500 mm means that two smarts can share a parking bay.  The ForTwo is available with a convertible version (originally City Cabrio, now ForTwo Cabrio), introduced in 2000, and was restyled in 2002. 
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Smart For Two 2003
Smart For Two
Clapham Road
London SW9, England
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Number of persons:2 Luggage:2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Semi automaticAir conditioning: Audio: radio cd
Providing adequate passenger safety was a challenge to the designers. To solve this and to provide a rigid frame, a solid steel "Tridion" frame, left visible at the exterior as a major design element, completely surrounds and protects the passenger compartment, and defines the basic shape of the car as well. Interchangeable plastic body panels complete the exterior. With a weight of 730 kg (1609 lb), it is one of the lightest cars in the European market. In order to make maximum use of the minimal crumple zone at the front, the smart fortwo has its engine positioned at the rear of the vehicle.


The engine range was initially composed of only turbocharged three cylinder motors. Originally, the base petrol engine had 599 cc, but displacement was increased to 698 cc along with the restyling. It was available in 37 kW (50 hp) or 45 kW (61 hp) variants. The turbodiesel engine has 799 cc displacement with 30 kW (40 hp). The new 999 cc version (2007 onwards) comprises normally aspirated (NA) and turbo versions. The NA 999 cc engine has 11.4:1 compression ratio and premium fuel (95+ RON) is recommended. It is rated at 71hp and is also the only engine currently offered in the US. The US NA 999cc engine has a 10:1 compression ratio and premium fuel (91 Octane) is recommended. German tuner company Brabus, in a joint venture with smart, has developed a version with 72kw (98hp) and 140Nm torque, available in Europe only at this time.  


Although a manual transmission is offered, there is no clutch pedal. Instead, input from floor-mounted shifter (via a stick) or optional steering wheel-mounted paddles is fed to a servo-operated clutch to shift the sequential automated gearbox. Using European EEC standards, the smart has mpg averages of 4.7 L/100 km (50 mpg U.S.) for the gasoline model and 3.4 L/100 km (69.2 mpg U.S.) for the diesel. However, under new EPA guidelines the U.S. gasoline version is rated lower, at 36mpg combined.  


Source: Wikipedia.
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