First presented in March 2008 at the Geneva motor show, the 2008 Smart ForTwo Special Edition Limited Two will arrive to the U.K. market on the first day of September. As usual, the British customers will receive a number of the most popular features in a single, economy-priced package.
Soon available as a coupe and a cabrio, this highly limited edition Smart will start as low as £9575 and £11,525 respectively, which makes them quite competitive on the local market if you consider not only the standard equipment and fuel economy rating of the car, but also factor in the ForTwo’s image of a super-compact car that is a lot bigger from inside than the outside.
It is reported that the Smart ForTwo Special Edition Limited Two is based on the Smart ForTwo Passion trim and will feature a powerful (for such a tiny vehicle, of course) 71bhp engine capable of delivering up to 70.6mpg (just 3.33 liters per 100 kilometers) fuel economy in the highway cycle.
Inside the car, you will find cognac brown leather heated seats, and a three-spoke leather steering wheel, which is matched with leather door inserts in the same color. Frankly, to my taste, the dark grey plastic and faux aluminum parts do not blend well with the leather parts betraying the vehicle’s low price point. It is also still a question whether the material will be practical enough for those wearing jeans on a permanent basis.
The car’s gearshift and gear knob are also clad in leather and the velour floor mats are, too, coming with leather trim.
Not a word about the leather quality, though.
The list of extra equipment is exhausted with a clock, a rev counter, electric power steering, a lockable glove compartment, and a smart sound system.
On the outside, the car stands out from the tiny crowd with its chameleon-like special light blue metallic paint finish, a set of six-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels and lots of badges confirming that it is indeed a spec.ed. Smart ForTwo and not some knock off.