Smart Forspeed

Speed in name only.If you designed a concept car and used the term “speed” in its name, wouldn’t it make sense if it offered some? Perhaps speed really is relative. The Smart Forspeed can reach 75 mph using a 40-hp electric motor mounted in the rear and has a total range of 85 miles per charge.

Speed in name only.

If you designed a concept car and used the term “speed” in its name, wouldn’t it make sense if it offered some? Perhaps speed really is relative. The Smart Forspeed can reach 75 mph using a 40-hp electric motor mounted in the rear and has a total range of 85 miles per charge.

Acceleration is not its strong suit, requiring 5.5 seconds to reach 37 mph. However, the little roadster can take on an 80-percent battery charge in just 45 minutes, which is a kind of acceleration, if you think about it. Indeed, an “overboost” function can add seven horses to the total stable of 40, but driving range diminishes with each fix of overboost.

With no roof or windshield per se, wind deflectors keep the bugs out of your teeth (bring toothpicks just in case). The bright, two-tone white and green interior exudes a somewhat sea-fairing aura with storage cubbies for both front seats.

The Forspeed reminds us of the old Smart Crossblade, which was funky, fussy (it looked a bit like an I.U.D., actually) and kind of fun. For about five minutes. Deja vu?

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