• May 20, 2011
2011 Vilner Smart Fortwo – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2011 Smart Fortwo, despite all its trying, is a car that needs all the help it can get. True, a big part of the car's problem is that it just doesn't make very much sense for the American market. That said, it's underpowered, uninspiring to drive, terrifying on the highway, and not particularly efficient, given its size. It also features one of the worst transmissions in motoring.

Enter Vilner, a Bulgarian custom shop that has tried with some success to make the car just a little more appealing. Built for a Bulgarian businessman, the Vilner Smart Fortwo employs a design scheme the company has dubbed "square style."

Inside and outside the car gets a square motif, which translates nicely into a completely redone interior featuring quilted upholstery. Outside, the car gets loud, oversize orange wheels and serious amounts of chrome. While Vilner takes the styling of the Smart to a new, supercar-aping level, the go bits have been left alone. Despite the lack of power adders, Vilner's efforts have gone a long way to making the Fortwo a bit more appealing. Read the full press release and check out two videos after the jump.





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Smart for Real Maniacs from VILNER

If you think the modest city vehicle Smart ForTwo is too ordinary to attract attention, the new work of the Bulgarian Custom Studio Vilner will make you think otherwise.

The compact vehicle is fully changed both inside and outside, and it was created by order of a Bulgarian businessman, whose idea was to use the transformation as an advertising car. For the new vision of the car, a preliminary design project was developed, called Square Style, and the name comes from the square motives on the vehicle.

There is actually no visible part that has remained unchanged on the midget, and for the exterior design VILNER's guys have used orange foil with motives of seams, fully chromium-plated panels and orange soft for the wheel rims, mirrors and some other details.

Smart ForTwo's interior in completely transformed and makes you feel you are in an extravagant sport car. The seat upholsteries and the linings of the panel, ceiling, door panels and even the foot pads are all new, and the rings and some other elements are chromium-plated.

The steering-wheel on its part is totally changed and based on the old one a new ergonomic one is created, consistent with the requirements of client's comfort during driving, as well as with the fact that the vehicle will be used mainly in the city.

The idea of the exclusive Smart For Two is to make it really unique and to shine with its individuality in the city traffic.

If you like our artwork, you can join our Facebook Page:

– VILNER – Your style inside, with information about newest projects.


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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh it burns! This rivals the Aztek for ugliness. The Fiesta is cheaper, offers better mileage and utility. It also looks a hell of a lot better. While the Smart car isn't a death trap (it has a roll cage), the Fiesta is no slouch either. I believe it has top safety ratings.
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        Once it has been seen it cant be un-seen. I know I will never be the same. :(
      starryknight936
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope Benz does whatever it can to improve the Smart ForTwo... It needs all the help it can get... New transmission, better warranty, maybe even a better powerplant... There's a good idea here that's been squashed in application for the American market. It's been retailed in the U.S. for quite a spell and still NO improvements where it's drastically needed. I hope the MB suits read this message... Benz: WAKE UP or lose out! Peace!<-AladdinSane-
      Edward Ellsworth
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm kind of mystified by the repetition of the boilerplate Smart critique. I spent several days driving my friend's Smart cabrio around San Francisco and loved it. It might be low-powered, but the manu-matic transimission made it feel zippy. If you feather the throttle correctly, you can perfectly smooth out the shifts, which I found to be a fun sort of skill game. No, it's not a full automatic, so you don't just kind of nail the accelerator and expect everything to magically happen for you. After reading all the criticism, I was prepared for the worst, but it was great on the highway. I was driving it over 80 mph and loving it, so I don't know where "terrifying" comes from. It was nimble and sure-footed, and the engine was strong enough to cope with SF's hills. I have a lot more fun driving nimble lower-powered cars like the Smart that you can really give a workout - the Smart doesn't really want to be pushed past 85, which is great, because I shouldn't be driving that fast! Overpowered cars are frustrating to me, because I can't unleash all that pent-up power. I feel the Smart's major limitations are lack of a back seat and, as mentioned, relatively low fuel economy. Now that standard Hyundai Elantras can get 40 mpg, the bar has been raised. Considering the sacrifice you make in functionality by driving a Smart, they really need to up the ante.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's for squares, Daddy-o.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still can't justify 20k for the little POS to begin with. You're going to try to tart it up and hope the deathtrap feeling goes away? BWAAAHAHAHA
        Leather Bear
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        I'll be the first to admit that the Smart is a pretty crude way to get from Point A to Point B. However, a deathtrap it is not. M-Benz applied all of their safety knowledge during its development, and the Smart's Tri-Don safety cage protects the occupants better than most other city cars. Fifth Gear crash-tested one a few years ago by towing it into a roadside barrier at 70MPH (there are several YouTube video links, but that site is blocked for me here at work), and the safety cage held up so well that the doors could still be opened after the test.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @You guy
        Where are you getting $20k? They start at under $11k, and it's far from being a death trap as its safety cell is engineered like that of an F1 car. In an accident it's designed so that everything crumples or falls off to absorb impact but the passenger cell stays structurally intact. It's just as a safe if not safer than many a lumbering SUVs on American roads. Mass does not always equate safety. It's a well designed city vehicle that just doesn't makes much sense for most US cities, but having said that, it's not very fuel efficient given its size, the transmission is truly awful and presents too many compromises that just don't add up.
      DCMacGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Articles like this make me question the screening process used by Autoblog for some of these writers. Posting a car that is at best a 2006 as a 2011 isn't a minor mistake. I've owned one for 3 years now, and it's quite a fine little car. I'd\ like to know how many miles of seat time this writer had before they came up with "underpowered, uninspiring to drive, terrifying on the highway, and not particularly efficient, given its size". My guess is none, considering they can't identify the car correctly - more regurgitation of literary garbage from an armchair critic. Its HP/Weight ratio is on par with most small 4 cylinder SUVs, it easily pulls to 90 on the freeway (where it is rather stable once you learn that it holds its own in the wind), and it's the most fuel efficient non diesel car that doesn't rely on high gearing, low rolling resistance tires and other aerodynamic tricks. It's as aerodynamic as a cardboard box - what do you expect? It's also a hoot to drive - it's small enough that you can toss it around on a normal commute without looking like a jackass and have plenty of fun doing it.
      dankatznyc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love my smart car! Definitely not for everyone but perfect for Manhattan living. And I've driven it through Texas and have no problem on highways. Got a speeding ticket on my way to Niagara Falls. And mine is slowly getting tricked out. It's kinda like a VW Bug in that its infinitely customizable. See smartmadness.com.
      SooooRight
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought this was only a 1 idiot car, not two?
        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        Technically you're right. I don't think I could get anyone I know to passenger in this ride.
      Oscar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still can't get over seeing one of these lawn chairs on the Autobahn. Great in the old inner cities of Europe though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      R Man Manmanman
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...whats the point of this again? My Miata is still more practical than this.
      John P
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you drive a smart forTwo in a serious cross wind-the only thing you have to do is lower the power side windows-that reduces the cross section by almost 1/2. As far as the transmission is concerned-just treat it as an auto~manual. If only they had been able to import the 75 mpg diesel into the States. They even cancelled the diesel for Canada . The New (?) gen diesel WAS sold in Mexico - what a bunch of stupid marketing decisions. If only VW or Ford had bought smart instead of the Daimler weasels (Juergen Schrempp) comes to mind- the story might have the chance of a slightly better ending.
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