For 2018, smart has become the first U.S. carmaker to convert to an all-electric portfolio. The smart Fortwo Coupe and Cabrio Electric Drive models feature an 80-horsepower three-phase synchronous electric motor with 118 lb-ft of torque. The Li-ion battery capacity is 17.6 kWh, which is good for a range of about 57 miles on the cabriolet convertible; the hardtop car gets an extra mile of range — Whoopee!
The smart fortwo electric drive cabriolet continues to be the only electric convertible on the market and the world’s most efficient convertible.
2018 also marks 10 years of smart sales in the United States (since 2008). What else could they do but recognise this milestone with a 10th Anniversary Edition? The 2018 smart fortwo electric drive coupe will make its U.S. premiere at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and be available for a limited time during model year 2018.
Priced as a $1,950 option, the 2018 smart Fortwo Electric Drive 10th Anniversary Edition is an add-on to the ‘Passion’ and ‘Prime’ trim lines. The package includes the exclusive Sapphire Blue Metallic paint on the body panels, tridion safety cell and front grill. Kitted out with 10th Anniversary badges in place of the trim badges, the interior gets a Brabus shift knob and Brabus floor mats with custom stitching.
Be still our beating hearts — the microcar electric vehicle also gets a more aggressive look with 16-inch Brabus Monoblock VII wheels in Matte Anthracite Grey and the Brabus Sport Package. In reality, the 0-60 mph acceleration takes 11.4 sec for the coupe and 11.7 sec for the convertible. Top speed is only 81 mph.
Living with a smart car
All smart models sold in the U.S. are covered by a four-year, 50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty. Classified as ultra-low emissions vehicles by the State of California Air Resources Board, smart models are 8.8 feet long and just over 5 feet tall by 5 feet wide.
Charging time from home socket (120V/12A) 0-80%: 13 hours. 0-100%: 16.5 hours.
Charging time from wallbox (240V/32A) 0-80%: 2.5 hours. 0-100%: 3 hours.
The first thought through my mind was: “How is this luxury?”
Admittedly, this tiny microcar is very cute but I feel scared surrounded by gargantuan SUVs on the roads. Those bad boys probably can’t even see a smart car crushed beneath their mud flaps. That’s when the eight airbags in the coupe and six airbags in the cabrio feel so comforting!
Then, I remembered that “The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords.”
Driving one of these all-electric vehicles buys you the “off-set credits” to own an exotic sports car….’nuff said!
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).