Think if them as the Air Jordans of minicars.

Daimler's Smart division will start selling special-edition versions of its ForTwo in Europe starting in May, as the German automaker looks to jump-start sales of the brand.

The new version, dubbed the Sharpred for its contrasting red-black color scheme (hence the shoe reference) will sold in both hard-top and convertible versions, each having a 71-horsepower and 84-horsepower gas engine option, Daimler said. Daimler will make 1,800 units of the Sharpred, which will also have wider tires and 15-inch wheels. The Sharped will be priced from 14,490 euros (just under $19,000 U.S. at today's exchange rates) for the smaller-engined hard-top to 18,150 euros ($23,700) for the larger-engined convertible.

Daimler, which debuted the Smart as the smallest production car in the U.S. in 2008, is trying to boost Smart sales amid increased competition from models such as the Chevrolet Spark and the Scion iQ. Globally, Daimler sold about 102,000 Smart vehicles last year, marking a 4.6 percent increase from 2010 but which was just 7.5 percent of all Daimler cars sold last year.

Smart recently upgraded the car's look slightly with a bolder emblem, an updated fascia and a new grille, as well as adding a few more options for wheels, though the engines weren't upgraded. The brand, which sells five option packages, will start selling the upgraded ForTwo in the UK in April, followed by the launch of the 2013 model year version in the U.S.
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At dealers from May 2012 - A sharp mix of colours: smart fortwo sharpred
Stuttgart, Feb 09, 2012

The latest edition from smart has been christened sharpred. This smart fortwo is a real eye-catcher as the intense red of the tridion safety cell and door mirror housing forms a striking contrast to the rest of the exterior in black. The smart fortwo sharpred is available as a coupé (from €14,490) and as a cabrio with a 52 kW mhd petrol engine or a 62 kW petrol engine. The exciting special model can be ordered now and the first vehicles of this limited series will reach dealers in May 2012.

The exterior of the smart fortwo edition sharpred is characterised by the striking contrast of elegant black and extravagant red – creating an effect like the red neon sign of an exclusive bar against a black night sky. The bright red paintwork of the tridion safety cell and door mirror housing catch the eye, whilst the rest of the exterior comes in black. The front apron and rear trim panel are grained and the side skirts boast a high-gloss black finish.

The front and rear axles are fitted with wide tyres measuring 175/55 R 15 (front) and 195/50 R 15 (rear). The 15" 3-double-spoke alloy wheels also have a brilliant black finish.

The interior also features striking contrasts with red double stitching on the seats and the instrument panel lending coloured accents. The seats come in black leather and the instrument panel and knee pad have a black leather look. The standard equipment includes the audio system basic and exclusive floor mats.

The special edition is limited to 1800 vehicles. It is based on the passion equipment line, which means that standard features include softouch automatic gear programme, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control and a panoramic roof with sunblind. Electric power steering, heated seats, a lockable glove compartment, the smart sound system with five loudspeakers, the smart audio system navigation/multimedia and further equipment are optionally available.

Here is an overview of the prices:

Engine/power
Type
Engine capacity
Price in €
(incl. 19% VAT)
smart fortwo sharpred coupé
1.0 l (52 kW/71 hp) petrol mhd
3-cyl. in-line naturally aspirated engine
999 cc
€14,490
1.0 l (62 kW/84 hp) petrol
3-cyl. in-line turbo engine
999 cc
€15,060
smart fortwo sharpred cabrio
1.0 l (52 kW/71 hp) petrol mhd
3-cyl. in-line naturally aspirated engine
999 cc
€17,580
1.0 l (62 kW/84 hp) petrol
3-cyl. in-line turbo engine
999 cc
€18,150



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      reconfreya
      • 2 Years Ago
      Epic Fail
      winc06
      • 2 Years Ago
      Damn, that is exciting. A new paint job is so green.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      needs. new. transmission.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I give props to Smart for proving that you can build a very small car that passes all the crash tests. But the Aerodynamics suck and the transmission sucks. Go back to the drawing board and build something like it but is aerodynamic and has a decent powertrain.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make that A-pillar and side of the roof black and BAM!... BA Baracus's van from the A-Team just got itself a Mini-me version.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        Already been done: http://carsplusmovies.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/smart-a-team-e1267484057344.jpg
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drove a Smart car for three days. First of all, the gas mileage was about the same as an efficient ICE 4-door sedan. Secondly, I am not particularly picky about transmissions, but the transmission in this car is so bad that it constantly made me think someone was wrong with the car. It's that bad. Only when I read reviews later did I understand that it's normal for a Smart car transmission to be that bad. I don't understand how anyone could have built that and felt it was okay. It's also mind-boggling they didn't fix it after a year or two; Mercedes obviously thinks it is just fine.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        I'm sorry you had to suffer for those 3 days. Mercedes brought the worst engine and transmission over, and never really fixed either but continue to put all their money into marketing. It's almost like they don't want to sell it.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Yep, same happened to me, but had the car for 1.5 days. It's just extremely annoying. Too bad. They could have made a killer...but flunked it.
        Arun Murali
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        Tell about that efficiency to those magazines who test drive these vehicles. When the fully automatic smart was launched every one was praising it for much smoother shifts without actually loosing too much efficiency. Some the magazines wrote well I drove from this city to that city in heavy traffic and I still got over 33 kmpl. Brilliant small car. Everything was nice until the damned Toyota came along. What Toyota built was not even their own idea. It was based on the Opel Trixx that was showcased many years back. But Toyota did what they always do, execute it really well. They showed that people dont buy city cars because its small but because its easy to drive. I actually liked the original Smart design(600 cc turbo, with semi automatic transmission) concept rather than what Mercedes couldn't execute. I still like it way over the iQ, which to me is like sillily small car. I could rather buy a decent A segment car and be happy with it. This era of expensive tiny cars would have long died if not for the UK's city center toll. Which firmly makes you believe that these are green cars that you are driving there.
      Pininfarina
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just want to say - that looks like the A-Team Van. Nice!
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 2 Years Ago
      But guys it's got fatter tires, a bigger engine, new name and, "The A Team", paint job. What's not to like? Oh yea, it's still a Smart.