The Car

The Smart City-Coupe has changed alot since it was first put on sale in 1997. The City-Coupe has changed in many ways over this time period. When the Smart City-Coupe was first introduced, a special model was released to commemorate this, which was called the Limited 1. The Limited 1 was special because it had a black tridion with lite white panels. They also added white half-leather seats, with a leather steering wheel and leather gear stick. This car had the Passion specification engine, which gave an output of 40kW/55hp with a maximum torque of 80Nm. After this car, a range of models were launched to suit the lifestyles, this includes the Pure, Pulse, and Passion. These were available in lite white, hello yellow and jack black or, optionally, also in mad red and true blue metallic and with body panels in aqua green and aqua orange. All these cars came with an attractive blue plastic used throughout the interior. The cloth covering the seats matched the dashboard and inside door panels. The Pure came with a solid blue covering over the seats, which would be used throughout the interior of the Pure. The Pulse and Passion models came with a patterned blue covering over the seats, which is used throughout the interior. The only distinctive external difference between the pure and the pulse and passion models is the solid roof that is fitted to all Pure models, all the Pulse and Passion models came with a glass roof which is a very nice feature of these models as it brightens the interior of the car. Upto 2001 the City-Coupe stayed very much the same with very slight additions to add to the comfort and ease of use to the driver. These included the addition of a rear tailgate opening switch in the car, more new panel colours, a 3 button key, and also moving the windscreen washer nozzle to stop them from freezing in the winter. In 2001 alot of changes were made to the whole smart range, these included the introduction of new coloured panels, a change from blue to grey of the interior plastic, engine power output changes to the pulse model, a front suspension change, and in late 2001 the introduction of the right hand drive Smart cars. At this point the colours that were available were: lite white, jack black, phat red, stream green or optionally true blue metallic, river silver metallic, bay grey metallic, and body panels in aqua vanilla, and numeric blue. In 2002, the City-Coupe had a face lift which included changes to the front headlights and rear tail lights. A few more options added to the model range in 2002 include a paddle gear change system, a sliding glass roof, and a new range of coloured panels. These included the introduction of star blue metallic and scratch black, which replaced aqua vanilla and true blue metallic.






No. of cylinders/

Three in-line

Three in-line


Two per cylinder

Two per cylinder

Displacement (cm³)

599 to 698


Bore x stroke (mm)

63.5 x 63 to 66.5 x 67

65.5 x 79.0

Rated output (kW/hp)

From 33/44 at 5,250/min To 55/74 at 5,250/min

30/41 at 4,200/min

Max. torque (Nm)

From 70 at 3,000 rpm To 110 at 3,000/rpm

100 at 1,800-2,800/rpm

Compression ratio

9.5 : 1 to 9.0 : 1

18.5 : 1


Electr. multipoint injection, e-gas

Common-rail direct injection



Single dry plate clutch

Single dry plate clutch


Sequential automated
six-speed gearbox

Sequential automated six-speed
manual transmission


Final drive 4.208 / 1.667
1st gear 14.203
2nd gear 10.310
3rd gear 7.407
4th gear 5.625
5th gear 4.083
6th gear 2.933
Reverse 12.888

Final drive 3.667/1.353
1st gear 12.375
2nd gear 8.983
3rd gear 6.453
4th gear 4.566
5th gear 3.315
6th gear 2.381
Reverse 11.569

Running gear

Front axle location

A-arm, damper strut or wishbone, damper strut on newer models

Same as Petrol Version

Front axle suspension

Leaf spring, stabilizer or stabilizer on newer models

Same as Petrol Version

Rear axle location

DeDion suspension tube with central mount, A-arm

Same as Petrol Version

Rear axle suspension

Coil springs, telescopic shock
absorbers, stabilizer

Same as Petrol Version

Braking system

Hydr. dual circuit system with vacuum booster, disk brakes at front, drum brakes at rear, electronic brake-power distribu-tion (EBD), ABS. 2003 model year cars and later now have Hydraulic Brake Assist

Same as Petrol Version


Rack-and-pinion steering, steering damper

Same as Petrol Version

Wheels front/rear

4J x 15 / 5.5J x 15

3.5J x 15 / 5.5J x 15

Tires front/rear

145/65 R 15 / 175/55 R 15

135/70 R 15 / 175/55 R 15

Dimensions and weights

Wheelbase (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Track width front (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Track width rear (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Length (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Width (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Height (mm)


Same as Petrol Version

Turning circle(m)


Same as Petrol Version

Trunk capacity (l)


Same as Petrol Version

Weight without driver (kg)


Same as Petrol Version

Payload (kg)


Same as Petrol Version

Gross vehicle weight (kg)


Same as Petrol Version

Fuel tank capacity /
reserve (l)

22/5 or 33/5 on newer models

Same as Petrol Version


Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec)

17.2 (SOFTIP), 17.5 (SOFTOUCH automatic) to 12.3 on brabus models

19.8 (Softip) 20.8 (Softouch)

Maximum speed

135 km/h or 150 km/h on brabus models

135 kph (electronically limited)

Fuel consumption (l / 100 km)

Urban cycle

5.8 (SOFTIP) 5.8 (SOFTOUCH automatic)


Extra urban cycle

4.2 (SOFTIP) 4.5 (SOFTOUCH automatic)


Combined cycle

4.8 (SOFTIP) 5.0 (SOFTOUCH automatic)


CO2 emissions (g/km)

115 (SOFTIP) 119 (SOFTOUCH automatic)


Emission class

EU2/D3, EU3, and EU4

EU2/D3 and EU3

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