It’s the new 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: the smallest soft-top going! | CAR Magazine

It’s the new 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: the smallest soft-top going!

Published: 28 August 2015

► Smart Fortwo convertible is here
► On sale February 2016
► Removable roof bars 

Meet the teeniest convertible around – the new 2016 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet. It’s another world debut lined up for the autumn’s Frankfurt motor show, and it’s got a few tricks up its tiny sleeves.

This is the third generation of Smart soft-top, after 2000’s original and the 2006 Mk2. Not forgetting 2002’s wacky, screenless Crossblade. Daimler’s sold 220,000 open-air Smarts to date.

What’s new on the Smart cabrio?

It’s reasonably predicatable: they’ve lopped the top off the Fortwo city car, stupid. But this remains the smallest convertible on sale, measuring just 2690mm long – with space for two passengers, and a little bit of luggage. The fabric roof slides along like a sunroof or you can remove the roof beams entirely for a more fully al fresco journey. Smart calls it a Tritop roof and it sits atop the usual Tridion safety call (which features a narrower B-pillar than on the tin-top bodystyle).

The hood comes in three colours, including a denim jeans style, and flips fully open in 12 seconds at the touch of a button on the dash or the key. It should be pleasingly draught-free too; Daimler engineers used a special aero-test dummy called Tanja, fitted with 16 sensors on her necks and arms so they could measure passing airflow. The polyacrylic roof is 20mm thick and features a rubber layer of insulation to keep wind and cold out.

Engines, specs

Two versions will be available at launch:

  • Smart Fortwo Cabriolet 71hp 999cc three-cylinder, 0-62mph 14.9sec, 99g/km
  • Smart Fortwo Cabriolet 90hp 898cc three-cylinder, 0-62mph 10.8sec, 99g/km

It’s telling that Smart has photographed it exclusively in a built-up cityscape; this car is best suited to urban driving and it expects to sell most to city dwellers.

Inside the Smart Fortwo Cabrio's cabin

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words