More Smiles An Hour From Smart

Smart Roadster And Roadster-Coupe


smart have announced prices and specification for the new compact and curvaceous smart roadster and roadster-coupé, to hit UK roads in June.

With an entry-level price of £9,995, for a limited number of left hand drive versions, prices rise to £14,495 for a roadster-coupé in right hand drive, available from September.

The right hand drive models will be available with a 698cc, 80 bhp engine, costing £13,495 otr for the roadster and £14,495 otr for the roadster-coupé.

The standard specification for right hand drive models includes an electrically operated soft-top, 6-spoke 15" alloy wheels, driver and passenger airbags, electric windows, 6-speed SOFTIP sequential transmission, with SOFTOUCH automatic mode, electrically assisted power steering, radio CD and leather steering wheel and gearknob.

Additional specification for the roadster-coupé includes wider 12 spoke 15" alloy wheels, gloss-finish 2-piece removable hard-top, air conditioning, glass fastback with additional 103 litres of storage space and a centre armrest.

The left hand drive versions will be available in June, with either a 698cc, 80 bhp engine, costing from £12,495 otr for the roadster and £13,495 otr for the roadster-coupé; or an entry-level model with a 698cc, 61 bhp engine, costing just £9,995.

Jeremy Simpson, Head of smart in the UK, said: "This latest addition to the smart range kicks off the smart product offensive in 2003 as we become a multi-product brand. The roadster and roadster-coupé have already received rave reviews in the press, however, it’s the smiles per hour our customers will enjoy that make the car a real winner."

Standard specification for all smart models includes the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) fitted as standard. Using electronic sensors, ESP detects dangers far earlier and faster than even the most experienced driver. While the car is moving the ESP computer constantly monitors actual vehicle behaviour. If it deviates from the safe "ideal line", ESP stabilises the car using precisely metered brake impulses at one or more of the wheels and by reducing the engine power.

ESP also includes additional functions, which enhance the comfort and safety of the car; Hill Start Assist (HAS) and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA).

Published 5 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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