Smart Fortwo Cabrio priced from £13,265

The latest generation of Smart's open-topped Fortwo Cabrio should be its best yet

Twelve seconds is all it will take to transform the new Smart Fortwo Cabrio from a closed-roof city car to open-topped cruiser when it goes on sale in February 2016.

The new car will made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September, as the next stage in Smart’s expanding model line. Pricing starts from £13,625 on the road, which puts the Cabrio £2140 above its hard-topped equivalent.

Subscribe to evo magazine

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Try your first 5 issues for £5.

Little beyond the price and the roof differentiates the new Fortwo Cabrio from its coupe sibling. At 2.69m long, 1.66m wide and 1.55m high it shares the coupe’s dimensions – similar in length and height but wider than its predecessor, and the ‘Tridion’ safety cell still provides a visual indication of Smart’s efforts to make such a small car safe.

Likewise, the Cabrio utilises the same brace of three-cylinder petrol engines as the regular car. The entry-level power unit is naturally aspirated and displaces 999cc, developing 70bhp and putting 67lb ft of torque through the rear wheels, while a 898cc turbocharged three-pot is also available, with 89bhp and 100lb ft at its disposal.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Neither is fast but the turbocharged model gets closest, reaching 62mph in 10.8sec from rest and bouncing into an electronically limited 96mph. Transmissions continue unchanged too – each is available with either a five-speed manual transmission, or five-speed dual clutch – banishing the old, jerky automated manual to the mists of time.

Smart says its latest Cabrio is its most rigid ever. Torsional strength is up 15 percent compared to its predecessor, while extra reinforcement ensures the body loses little of the closed-roof car’s stiffness.

No weight figures have been confirmed, but it’s likely to be more than the 880kg of the coupe models on account of the extra reinforcement and the electric roof mechanism.

As well as opening and closing quickly, drivers can spread sunlight into the Smart’s interior at the touch of a button on the key, while like previous Smart cabriolets, the open-air experience can be further augmented by removing the two roof bars that span the A and B pillars.

Cabrio models will be available in three trim lines, Passion, Prime and Proxy, with options including MirrorLink smartphone integration, a wind deflector, and an Urban Style package that lowers the car and adds black wheel arch linings.

We’d not expect that to turn the Fortwo into a sports car – though we were still enamoured by the car’s sense of fun in our first drive of the coupe. However, a Brabus model is also expected soon, which should add a dynamic touch to the much-improved Smart’s talents.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The range starts at £13,265 for the 70bhp car in Passion trim, which nets you 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control and a jazzy interior colour scheme. Prime starts from £13,960 (or £14,555 for the turbocharged car) and gets leather heated seats and a couple of extra dashboard instrument pods.

Proxy spec, priced identically to the Prime models, gets 16in alloys, a blue and white interior and a Sports package with a perforated leather-trimmed wheel, metal pedal facings, an exhaust finisher and 10mm lower suspension. Automatic cars are £995 more than manuals across the range.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/201730/mercedes-vision-eqs-luxury-electric-car-concept-unveiled-in-frankfurt
Mercedes

Mercedes Vision EQS luxury electric car concept unveiled in Frankfurt

10 Sep 2019
Visit/mercedes/201726/mercedes-amg-electric-car-to-target-porsche-taycan-and-tesla-model-s
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG electric car to target Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S

10 Sep 2019
Visit/bmw/3-series/201728/455bhp-alpina-b3-touring-revealed-at-frankfurt-motor-show
BMW 3 Series

455bhp Alpina B3 Touring revealed at Frankfurt motor show 

10 Sep 2019
Visit/bmw/4-series/201722/bmw-4-series-coupe-concept-previews-new-4-series-and-m3m4
BMW 4 Series

BMW 4-series Coupe concept previews new 4-series and M3/M4

11 Sep 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/volkswagen/201859/volkswagen-t-roc-r-review-ever-wish-the-golf-r-was-a-little-bit-taller
Volkswagen T-Roc

Volkswagen T-Roc R review - ever wish the Golf R was a little bit taller?

If you like the Golf R and don’t mind SUVs, you’ll probably like the Volkswagen T-Roc R too
17 Oct 2019
Visit/aston-martin/vanquish/201856/2019-aston-martin-vanquish-zagato-shooting-brake-review
Aston Martin Vanquish

2019 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Shooting Brake review 

Extrovert, extravagant and extraordinary to drive, this might just be the world’s ultimate estate car 
16 Oct 2019
Visit/porsche/macan/201846/2020-porsche-macan-turbo-review-still-the-class-leader
Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan Turbo review

All the usual Macan virtues, but no longer the best performance SUV to drive
16 Oct 2019
Visit/article/201613/goodyear-eagle-f1-supersport-picked-by-porsche
Sponsored

Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport - picked by Porsche

Goodyear has many close associations with premium global car brands, but being asked to develop a trackday tyre for Porsche's extreme 911 GT3 RS was a…
14 Aug 2019