This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Smart brand in the United States. The company aims to celebrate this milestone by launching a special edition 10th Anniversary Edition of the Fortwo Coupe Electric Drive sometime this year.
The Anniversary Edition will be painted in an exclusive shade of blue which they call the Sapphire Blue Metallic, while the exterior will be getting 10th Anniversary badges to give the car some accents. It will be sitting on a set of 16-inch Brabus Monoblock VII wheels, painted in Matte Anthracite Grey to give it a little contrast. Overall, we think that it has a cool colour combination, with the dark blue body and the wheels that stand out.
Most of the changes for the special edition car can be found on the exterior. Though there are changes in the cabin, they may not be as significant. And the only obvious ones include the Brabus-supplied parts for the shift knob and floor mats. Unlike the regular model, the 10th Anniversary Edition model will be getting the Sport Package as a standard. This means that it will be getting brushed stainless steel pedal covers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Because this is a special version of the Fortwo Coupe, expect it to be priced a little more than the standard, adding an extra $1,950 to the price to the regular model. We can expect to see this model at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit when it makes its debut, before it goes out in dealerships.
What powers the Fortwo Coupe Electric Drive is a 17.6 kilowatt-hour battery that has enough power to reach an EPA-estimated range of 58 miles (93 kilometers). To fully charge this with a conventional outlet, it will need around 16.5 hours. But it is pretty impressive for a small car because in just 11.4 seconds, this 80 horsepower (60 kilowatt) electric motor enables it to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 11.4 seconds, and it can continue on to a top speed of 81 miles per hour (130 kilometers per hour).
Though Smart is not solely an electric vehicle brand, they are slowly transitioning to become a fully electric brand in the United States, just like Tesla. When this change begins, the automaker will have to stop selling to three quarters of the brand’s dealers in the country, which will make a huge impact on their sales. In fact, this switch has already reduced Smart’s sales. Deliveries have gone down by 50.6 percent from 2016 to 2017. In 2016, deliveries were at 6,211, and last year, the figure went down to a shocking 3,071 units only.