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Smart Forspeed concept (2011) at 2011 Geneva motor show

Published: 22 February 2011

Remember the Smart Crossblade? Smart has produced another chop-top Fortwo - the Forspeed EV concept due to bow in at next week's 2011 Geneva motor show.

Smart Forspeed concept: the lowdown

The Forspeed apes the 2002 Crossblade, a roofless, doorless concept that was the perfect city runabout... in a world where it never rained, roads were smooth and the weather was perpetually warm. So not the UK, then.

The new 2011 Smart Forspeed does have doors, along with the usual speedster styling accoutrements (cut-down wind deflector screen, streamlined roll-over hoop fairings). There is a fabric tonneau cover for weather protection when parked, or driver-only excursions. The front lights hint at the next-generation Fortwo, but the remainder is reserved for the delight of motor show visitors.

What powers the Smart Forspeed? With a name like that, it deserves a V8!

Nope. The Forspeed is electric, using a 30kW electric motor with an additional 5kW boost mode available via a centre-console switch. The electric motor draws power from an 16.5kWh lithium-ion power cell, which offers 84 miles of range.

Charging is via a 220V port located between the rear light clusters, and Smart claims the Forspeed can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes. There's also a clever use of solar cells in the wind deflector, to assist in charging the inevitable built-in smartphone.

Performance is claimed at top speed of 75mph, and 0-37mph in 5.5 seconds. Fairly modest stats, so those speedster cues may be just a touch misleading.

I expect there's an app for that?

Yes, the Smart comes with a smartphone fitted to a swivel mount in front of the passenger. It provides navigation, infotainment and vehicle location sevices via the installed Smart Drive application.

Further details will be available following the unveiling of the Smart Forspeed at the 2011 Geneva motor show.

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