(from smart press
release) smart forstars: world premiere at the Paris Motor
Show - An amazing drive - in cinema experience
smart is reaching for the stars. With the concept vehicle smart
forstars the urban global brand is hitting the nerve of a target
group that is at home in the cities of the world. The electrically
driven smart forstars is an SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) with room for
two people and plenty of stowage space. Its name is a
tongue-in-cheek reference to the glass roof above the passengers
that gives a clear view of the starry sky. At the same time it hints
at the witty idea of integrating a video projector in the front
bonnet. This enables the work of film stars to be spontaneously
shared with friends at any time.
The smart forstars will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show 2012
(29 September - 14 October 2012). The show in the trendy French
capital is a local affair for smart as the brand's production
facility is located in Hambach, Lorraine. The colour of the
expressive coupé is also a reference to the venue of the world
premiere. It is painted in the extravagant colour "alubeam rouge"
that creates an appealing contrast to the matt metallic titanium
colour of the tridion safety cell. And thanks to the 60 kW
magneto-electric motor from the new smart BRABUS electric drive, the
zero-emission smart forstars is agile and lively.
smart boss Dr Annette
Winkler says: "The smart is Europe's most inexpensive
series-produced electric car. Not only is it emission-free and fast,
it is also possible to conveniently set the perfect interior
temperature in advance with a smartphone, and it is simple to charge
at a domestic socket. What's more, with its powerful battery and
integrated projector the smart forstars can transform any grey
backyard into an animated open-air cinema."
The compact smart
forstars (length/width/height: 3550/1710/1505 mm) is therefore not
only a mobility concept with ample space for two people and a
generous cargo area under the glass tailgate, it is also a
communication concept that needs no more than a free house wall for
a spontaneous cinematic experience. The media player of the
projector integrated in the front bonnet is operated via Bluetooth®
from an iPhone®. A high-quality sound system with additional
loudspeakers in the ventilation openings behind the doors enables
the drive-in cinema experience to be perfected for friends as well.
The exterior design: sassy and
friendly with extremely short overhangs
The smart forstars is
immediately recognisable as a member of the smart family, yet it
also boasts striking new features – and not only its silhouette
offers a look at smart's future design idiom. It greets the viewer
with a saucy smile on its friendly yet assertive face.
The rhombic design of
the front and rear lamps is very striking. Outer rings illuminate
the indicators and daytime running lamps with a large number of LEDs.
The lamps seem to push outwards like arrows – like drips on the
cockpit window of an aeroplane as it takes off.
The "eyebrows" above the
front headlamps are just one of many of the lovingly created new
details. They give the headlamps a new U-shaped look. The
transparent red sun visor above the windscreen takes up this idea
and lends the coupé an even more squat road stance. The tail lights
can even be opened. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery
is found inside the right-hand tail light, whilst the left-hand one
has space for a beverage can.
The study has a longer
wheelbase than the current smart fortwo (2470 mm/plus 603 mm) and a
wider track (front 1475 mm/plus 193 mm, rear 1475 mm/plus 90 mm) and
these also emphasise the confident look. At the same time the
extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly
compact. All four wheels have been positioned at the outer corners
of the body – a typically smart feature.
The smart forstars
shares the main features of its body with the smart for-us, which
caused quite a stir at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of
the year. The smart forstars, too, features convex and sensuously
shaped body surfaces. The large brand emblem is proudly sported on
the grille, and the front has a pronounced three-dimensional design.
Where rally cars have an air scoop on the bonnet, on the smart
forstars a video projector is integrated here as an ironic
There is a convex glass
coupé roof above the passengers' heads. It joins seamlessly with the
glass cover over the cargo area which opens upwards. Like the smart
for-us, the lower tailboard at the rear can also be opened
electrically. To start with, the tailgate slides down in a parallel
position, then the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280
mm. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to
Shiny black trims that
continue below the side skirts draw attention to the wheel cutouts.
The smart forstars rolls on Michelin sports tyres measuring 245/35
ZR 21. The wing nut covers of the three-spoke wheels are an
The sporty, sassy
character of the smart forstars is also emphasised by a striking and
technically very complex red alubeam finish. "Alubeam rouge" has a
wet look that provides an exciting and very modern contrast to the
matt and distinctly metallic appearance of the titanium-coloured
The interior: stylish,
uncomplicated and individual
Sleek, taut surfaces in
mother-of-pearl white combined with precisely designed technical
functional elements in brushed aluminium – the interior is
characterised by contrasts. The colour "alubeam rouge" that is also
used as an accent colour in the interior creates a link to the
highly functional and easy to individualise – the two seats in the
concept car are typically smart. The seat shells, which are open in
the middle, are covered with a soft fabric throw giving them a
hammock-like seating feel. The graphic elements and different red
tones of the covers indicate a progression and thus underline the
dynamism and the very trendy aspect of the vehicle.
As the covers can be
removed in next to no time, simple individualisation with other
throws is conceivable. Practical: when the seat cover on the
passenger side is removed, long items can be loaded through the seat
of the smart forstars.
The seats are trimmed
with high-quality white bag leather with exquisite white piping.
Perforated leather in the door panelling forms a further
sophisticated contrast and emphasises the high quality of the
Like the smart forvision
and the smart for-us, the whole cockpit boasts aerodynamic styling
for interior ventilation. The control and display elements are
oriented to the driver. Just as the cockpit module divides the
instrument panel, the two-spoke steering wheel is open at the top.
In place of a
conventional rear-view mirror the smart forstars features a
smartphone accommodated in a holder at the top of the windscreen.
The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the
help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a
media source and controls the projector.
Stowage compartments to
the left and right of the high-quality cargo area fitted with
aluminium rails offer additional stowage space.
Electric drive – driving fun with
zero local emissions
The electric drive of
the smart forstars is based on the innovative drive concept of the
smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive. Compared to the production model
of the smart electric drive the output of the magneto-electric motor
has been increased to 60 kW, giving the smart forstars agile and
lively performance. With 135 Newton metres of torque it boasts
powerful, lag-free acceleration and can overtake other vehicles with
the greatest of ease. The vehicle has a top speed of more than 130
km/h and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.