Patent images show the design of a new Speedster concept version of the Smart Fortwo
5 January 2011

Mercedes-Benz has patented the design of a new concept version of daughter company Smart’s Fortwo city car, set to be called Speedster and also set to launch at the Geneva motor show in March.

The ultra compact open top recalls the earlier limited edition Smart CrossBlade by featuring a cut down windscreen and no apparent provision for a roof of any kind.

See the patent pics of the new Smart Speedster concept

The Speedster is a pure concept, however, and is not said to inspire any future production car, but it will share its all-electric E-drive drivetrain with the Smart E-cell.

While appearing to retain similar dimensions to today’s 2695mm long and 1560mm wide Fortwo, the Speedster depicted in Mercedes-Benz’s latest computer generated patent images looks to have gained wider tracks front and rear, giving it a more confident stance.

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The puristic two-seater also receives a series of new design details, including a larger grille, rounded head and tail lamps, altered surfacing treatment as well as distinctive step in the waistline. The Speedster look is further enhanced by twin roll over hoops integrated into the Smart’s exposed steel safety cell.

A third-generation Fortwo line-up is being developed by Mercedes in partnership with Renault, the initial coupe and cabriolet versions of which are due to go on sale in 2012.

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Our Verdict

Smart Fortwo 2007-2014
The design of the ForTwo stretches back to the Eco Sprinter and Eco Speedster concepts of 1993

The Smart Fortwo is a unique proposition. Its emotional appeal is unquestionable and it is one of the most novel and innovative cars available.

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