Smart ForTwo by Carlsson

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The exclusive North American importer of the Carlsson brand, European Tuning, is delighted to make known that Carlsson is currently providing a wide-ranging personalization program for the second generation Smart ForTwo, the smallest vehicle in the Daimler AG series. Carlsson's first-rate component design and sense of style alter the admired Smart ForTwo into an even more distinctively individualized vehicle.

All tuning begins with a set of unique alloy wheels. Besides its handsome appearance, the alloy wheel is light and tough, characteristics that accompany the swift handling of the Smart ForTwo. Carlsson created the 1/11 Evo BE as its representative wheel for the Smart ForTwo. It is their first stop on the road to making this tiny city car a prominent attraction.

Offered in sets of four with 16 inch x 7.0 inch and 17 inch x 7.5inch sizes front and rear, respectively, the polished and high-shine varnish covered surface of the 1/11 Evo BE alloy wheel are striking whether the car is at a standstill or on the go. Carlsson North America suggests Continental 195/45R16 rubber in front and either Continental 215/35R17 or Continental 205/40R17 rubber at the rear.

Sport springs decreases the ride height by approximately 25mm and in combination with the bigger wheels and tires, the vehicle assumes a more hardy, foursquare posture. The lower center of gravity and broader track result in a more snappy steering reaction, reduced roll and considerably improved cornering capability. The improved mechanical grip is principally helpful at the front axle as the standard vehicle has a tendency to understeer when forced hard enough into tight bends.

The Carlsson sleek styling embellishments provide the Smart ForTwo a considerably more focused all around appearance. The polyurethane front spoiler, which connects to the typical bumper, is set off by an electro-polished, stainless-steel grill insert and fog lights with chrome surrounds. At the rear, a latest valance, also fashioned from OEM quality polyurethane, integrates a diffuser.

Carlsson provides this in combination with a stainless-steel rear silencer with four polished exit pipes for the 84hp turbocharged engine, and as an end-pipe only system for the 61 and 71bhp variants. Only available for gas-propelled engine ForTwo versions, this exhaust improved appears remarkable and conveys a deeper, more outstanding note.

The interior program of Carlsson Smart ForTwo currently consists of an aluminum pedal set and handbrake grip. Carlsson is well-known for its customized interior trim work on Mercedes vehicles. Exceptional leathers and fabrics are offered for the Smart Fortwo on special request.

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