The new smart forspeed concept is a design study in the mould of the original 2002 smart crossblade – the two-seater has no roof or side windows and it features a low wind deflector instead of a windscreen. Unlike the crossblade, the forspeed is powered by a zero-emission all electric drive and has been created to demonstrate that zero emission cars can be great fun to drive.
Owning a smart fortwo has always been about expressing your personality and rebelling against from the purely functional nature of city cars. Long before BMW MINI offered custom mirror casings and body stripes, smart offered customers the chance to swap entire body panels and change the look of their cars in just a few simple steps. So what happened?
I have to admit to losing track of all the various Brabus models – but their very existence demonstrates that there’s no lack of appetite to spend the kind of money on cars that some people would look to mortgage on a home. And the Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 probably has more technology and gadgets fitted than most houses too.
The standard SL65 AMG Black Series is not powerful enough. Don’t agree? Well how could a mere 660 bhp be sufficient for a modern…
Utterly pointless and yet so typical of Brabus to launch during a Climate Change summit.
There’s no such thing as ‘too much’ power, but perhaps there can be too much torque.
I have never had a car chipped before, but Jethro has just legged it off to Mercedes’ UK headquarters to drop the E320 CDi…