Smart has announced that it will launch a limited edition version of its ForTwo city car that emits a paltry 86 grams per kilometer of CO2. Smart claims that this special edition model,
Thrust for the Smart Fortwo Lightshine is provided by a 54-horsepower, 0.8-liter, three-cylinder diesel engine that cranks out 96 pound-feet of torque. The Lightshine "accelerates" from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 16-plus seconds and tops out at 84 mph. The Lightshine's exterior features green matte body panels, LED running lights and color-matched headlamp surrounds. On the inside, the Lightshine is equipped with a touch-sensitive satellite navigation system, a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters and floor mats emblazoned with the Lightshine logo.
The Lightshine is priced from £11,405 ($18,080 U.S. at the current exchange rate) and Smart will limit production to a mere 86 units. Guess where that number comes from?
*UPDATE: Smart USA informs us that, "We are selling the Lightshine in the U.S. in limited quantities as well. In fact, we have one in our exhibit at NAIAS." More information can be found here.
*LATER UPDATE: Not so fast. Turns out, the Lightshine in the U.S. isn't as special as the UK version. Smart USA added that: "The U.S. model has the same engine, and thus, same fuel economy as our other models." That means, in the U.S., the Lightshine – like all Fortwos here – is powered by a 1-liter, three-cylinder mill that offers 33/41 city/highway mpg.