smart roadster hits Australia
Thursday November 27, 2003
The smart roadster two-seater convertible will launch in Australia next month promising purists the chance to sample an "intensive open-air motoring experience". The diminutive roadster has an engine output of 60 kW and a weighs only 790 kilogrammes and can accelerate from 0 - 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. The high power-to-weight ratio combined with direct handling and excellent cornering ability put the empasis on the driving experience itself and its roof system incorporates both soft top and a hardtop covers that can be used together or alternatively.
The smart roadster is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) as standard along with the TRIDION safety cell. Coloured plastic bodypanels are used in the construction which is modular for the benefit of production and maintenance.
The optional two-piece removable plastic hardtop can be stowed and transported in the rear luggage compartment. The electrically operated folding soft top comes as standard for the smart roadster and can be fully opened and closed even when driving at top speed.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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