11-06-2015, 09:10 AM #1
smart fortwo 52 Proxy 71 hp Twinamic
We moved to 1998, year in which he launches one of the most charming, functional and just as radical in concept cars of recent years. We speak of the City Coupé , the first model of the Smart brand to serve as a starting point for a project that recovered the essence of microcars years ago.
The beginnings of the City Coupe were not too good. This car had major stability problems that largely conditioned public interest. Many buyers who already had booked one of them ended up leaning back.
This event forced the brand to rethink different aspects of the car and, after much effort, managed to pull ahead and recover in part the great losses they had suffered from the beginning.
Today we are pleased to prove to you the third generation of the small two-seater. A third generation to hit the market with several enhancements that further increase the attractiveness and, above all, the driving dynamics .
For this test we were able to get two units that will help us look more closely at changes in the Smart Fortwo suffered over the years. We have a Smart Fortwo Brabus first-generation and one second, the latter with a very basic finishing equipment.
The Smart Fortwo Brabus first generation that accompanies us riding in the rear a turbocharged 0.7-liter gasoline and pays out a maximum power of 75 hp . The transmission is carried out by a robotized gearbox with six speeds, although this sportier version were installed a tighter developments over standard variants.
The body of just 2.5 meters in length no more racing hid orientation of this unit, and that added some exclusive aesthetic details, larger wheels and dual exhaust.
The interior featured a leather-wrapped dashboard with contrasting stitching back and the seat upholstery, door handles, the gearshift knob and handbrake handle differentiated appearance.
In late 2007 the second generation was launched with a slight aesthetic dimension and change. It was a little bigger to be approved in the US market . Another of the great innovations was its mechanical range.
Unlike the first generation, where all gasoline engines were supercharged, in this case the mechanical supply offered four variants of 1 liter of displacement; two of them were atmospheric and two turbo . Besides a more powerful for the top model, the Brabus with 102 hp. The first generation diesel engine had 41 hp and in the second his power rose to 54 .
The changes were evident inside but kept a conservative style where hard plastics , a Spartan design and questionable quality settings were the order of the day. Despite all this the Smart Fortwo enjoyed a pretty good habitability for two people . The two-seater guarantee much legroom and enough ceiling height for tall people. Obviously, when you consider its small dimensions, the width was not the strong point but remained in a sufficient range. Like the trunk, something useful right but you need to carry the day.
New Smart Fortwo
The jump from the second to the third generation is much larger than the former to the latter. The aesthetic change is evident with a much more youthful appearance and, as a personal opinion, that somewhat resembles the car that appeared in the manga drawings 90s.
The hood completely changes; He is tall and straight , a fact that makes you lose that "form of minivan" found in past generations. The new headlights, LED daytime running lights U-shaped type and a new type honeycomb lattice for the front grille add a fresh look to the small house.
One element that could not fail in the new Smart Fortwo is the Tridion safety cell . As in previous cases it can be clearly seen in the exterior design of the car. The brand offers a multitude of color combinations for the body and for cell either . The tires also acquire a new dimension and the brand offers us new more elaborate designs than before. If we are brave when setting our Fortwo, is very likely that we do not cross with other equal to that drive .
Pleasant and colorful
If we talk about the dimensions and the capabilities we see as the length of 2.69 meters it remains intact, as does the height of 1.55 m . But it is where we find additional width 10 cm widening the model up to 1.66 meters . This update results in a significant improvement in habitability offering more lateral space for two occupants.
The boot 40 liters earn additional up to 260 liters of cargo volume if you count up the tray or 350 liters up to the roof . The opening is performed as usual, ie, in two sections, which are at the bottom of a practical space in which to save the emergency triangles, for example. No double bottom has since located just below the engine going , a fact that after many kilometers makes the floor from overheating .
As for interior design this third generation brings a qualitative leap. It is seen with the naked eye a greater emphasis in terms of shapes and coatings of different elements that make up the whole front, but yes, hard plastics and some improvable finishes remain the major handicap of this nice microcar .
Important developments include as multifunction steering wheel , the color display in the instrument cluster, radio, infotainment system, the friendly climate with a small magnifying glass or exits the spherical worked aerators. L os seats are new apparel and even aesthetically very similar to the above will greatly improve lateral support offered little earlier.
The storage compartments scattered around the cabin have been redistributed. The feeling is that there are fewer places to save or deposit items, but the reality is different. Along with the shift lever are added two cup holders , we also have a practical drawer in the central area , the glove box slightly larger than in the second generation and two holes in the doors.
The arrival of the new Smart Fortwo also assumes the inclusion of new mechanical alternatives. Two new petrol engines of three cylinders made of aluminum make up to date offer for motor Fortwo.
The most powerful version includes a 900 cc turbo engine with an output of 90 hp and a maximum torque of 135 Nm. The access to the range, which we analyze in this test consists of a naturally aspirated engine of 1 liter engine that delivers 71 hp and 91 Nm of torque.
The two transmissions available also represent a novelty for this model. Which is standard is a manual gearbox five speeds , something unheard of to date, while customers can also opt for a dual-clutch automatic transmission with six relations Twinamic offered as an option. Our unit's carrying.
Several changes to the chassis result in a more refined behavior. The McPherson strut front suspension include less travel and weighed a little softer , while mounted twin-tube shock absorbers and coil springs in the single rear axle for greater comfort general. Optionally, or in series with the Proxy finish, the customer can opt for a more sporting suspension that lowers in 1 centimeter height of the body with a more "sport".
Some systems of driving aids and safety are also added to improve vehicle behavior, avoid misfortune, and if there is no choice, ensuring the safety of the occupants. We reviewed the crumple zones , the installed alarm collision with the vehicle in front, the notice of unintentional lane change and crosswind assistant ; as helpful as an effective system of which I speak a few lines later.
More maneuverability and ride comfort
At this point I think everyone is well aware that the Smart is a car that has been designed and manufactured primarily for urban use . Its size makes it the perfect partner for travel within the city at ease showing when browsing.
If their meager 2.7 meters in length are not enough, the new Smart Fortwo has the tighter turning radius that can currently be found on the market. Only 6.95 meters are enough to turn around . This aspect is in an enviable maneuverability through narrow streets and breathtaking ease to park in gaps where one might never think to park.
At the wheel it is noticeable from the first moment the improved ride quality . Now is Fortwo is a more comfortable car. The settings in the suspensions at a little closer to the behavior that offers conventional tourism, but still have a point of excessive hardness which in some cases can end up suffering in the body if the pavement or driveway are not in perfect condition.
As for the direction the great improvement it has also note. Is a bit more direct than in the second generation models and electric assistance, hile sometimes seems too artificial, it is well compensated by the speed at which it is rolled. The touch wheel is good but you are missing some information in the palm of the hand especially rolling faster.
The mechanics we tested is possibly the perfect choice for the driver who needs a small car for the day , especially on journeys to work not involving many kilometers expressways. It is a drive that does not shine for a performance of heart but to comply, without more, with what is asked.
71 hp engine costs under hard acceleration, it is slower than the second-generation Fortwo 61 bhp who accompanied us on this test in torn, but once engaged the third or fourth gear moves much better . It is a bit noisy vibrations are significant and should have also improved somewhat inner soundproofing.
Where does highlight this engine, and by far, is in point of efficiency. During our dynamic testing, we made almost entirely in city, our final consumption was only 5.3 l / 100 km without merely practicing eco-driving.
I thank finally it was decided to retire the horrible robotic drive these two new proposals: manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission . The latter, which we tested, is much more rapid than previous models, desperate for their incredible slowness of meshing gears to the point that made us lose speed rolling fast.
Twinamic change means an additional cost of 1,275 euros compared to the manual version, which also comes as a good choice. A price to pay for personally would include greater driving comfort.
It's not the best dual-clutch boxes I've tried but it does well with its smooth and rapid transitions . Only from first to second speed is excessive pull note , from there it's smooth. As no negative comment that you take the time to reduce time .
The combination of small engine and the automatic transmission seems a success . It is what I recommend for a city Fortwo. This engine offers low consumption and frank shown when moving the small two-seater on the streets of the city. The addition of the automatic gearbox reduce our fatigue in traffic jams by not having to depress the clutch constantly as with the manual version. We also have two driving modes, Eco and Sport , amending the parameters of this gear change to a higher gear earlier or later depending on the type of riding you wish to practice.
It is a car designed for driving at high speeds on the highway or motorway, although it can be done perfectly. The engine allows rolling at 120 km / h, but it goes a bit rushed if the journey has any rise.
Before commented that we have incorporated a system against side wind and the truth is that it works like a charm. This car weighs little and has such a short battle that tends to move sideways if the wind hits him hard side or when overtaking trucks . This wizard is making exercise a selective braking to any of the four wheels to compensate for the lateral displacement and maintain the circulation line . This wizard is activated automatically without the driver having to do anything and is only available above 80 km / h.
Its price also increases ...
The improvements that this new generation is reflected in a slight increase in price that puts it in a position somewhat critical (without any discounts or promotions). If you look at the base model with manual transmission, its starting price is 11,950 euros, a figure that is dangerously close to that of a general utility .
Recall that the test unit rode the automatic gearbox double clutch Twinamic already an increase of 1,275 euros on that price, plus Proxy trim level the highest, which requires disburse another 2,210 euros.
The Proxy finish adds significant features like sunroof , faux leather upholstery with white and blue, and the center console with drawer and dual cup holders, sunglass holder, multifunction steering wheel three-spoke leather , instruments box TFT color 3.5-inch and onboard computer, the Cool & Audio package with automatic climate control, Smart Audio system with USB, AUX, Bluetooth handsfree , streaming music and Smart Cross Connect for iOS and Android.
In addition we must add an additional 100 euros for the 16-inch wheels and five radios and other 215 euros more than the choice of the electric mirrors . In total our test unit rises to 15,750 euros , a price that puts the pair of a Seat Ibiza gasoline with 95 CV Style trim and just 1,000 euros cheaper than a Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost 100 CV Black / White Edition , to name a few examples.
The Smart are not cheap cars, indeed, during his experience in the market have always been above pricewise with rivals. currently has no competitors , is the only two-seater model with these dimensions so small, and if we want to compare any other car we have to go to the urban segment, where we find the Mii Seat , Volkswagen up! , Skoda Citigo , Kia Picanto , Citroen C1 , Toyota Aygo , Fiat 500 , Ford Ka , etc. All of them larger with rear seats, similar trunk and a starting price below par or in some cases. gallery
is an expensive car that you can hardly justify its high price.
But we must also recognize that there is a better car for the city.
Perhaps now is a good time to check out the flea market in search of a Fortwo in good condition. The launch of the new model has made the price of the previous down slightly. In Coches.net have 604 models announced with prices ranging from 2,100 up to 22,800 euros a Brabus version. Here you can see them all
Greater driving comfort
Change correct Twinamic
He has not liked
Engine thrust lacking
Poor quality hard plastic
Rating and price
Behavior August: 8
Price: € 15,435
Price: € 15,750
(Unit under test)
Max .: Power 71 hp at 6000 rpm
Acceleration: 15.1 s. (0-100km / h)
Emissions: 94 g / km
4.7 l / 100km (city)
3.7 l / 100 km (extra-urban)
4.1 l / 100km (combined)
Source: Smart Fortwo 52 Proxy 71 CV Twinamic
11-06-2015, 09:19 AM #2
Great read up, i wonder what trim the smartmadness guys have i think they have the Proxy as well but i am not completely sure.
11-09-2015, 09:26 AM #3
I still enjoy my 451, the 453's seem a bit more bigger than the previous gens but it is not that bad though.
11-10-2015, 08:48 AM #4
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11-12-2015, 08:49 AM #6
Pure white i like; would be a job to keep it clean but i do not mind it
11-13-2015, 08:42 AM #7
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