There's nothing cowardly about the yellow Smart Fortwo being introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Why the bright color? Daimler says it's in response to both trends in car colors and customer demand for more personalization on the city car's higher-end Passion trim level. The newest Smart edition has been christened Cityflame. It features eye-popping pearlescent flame yellow side body panels and black safety panels and roof and 15-inch black alloy wheels.

The interior repeats the yellow and black color scheme. There's yellow imitation leather inserts and stitching on black leather seats and yellow stitching on the black three-spoke faux leather steering wheel with paddle shifters. There also are special edition black and yellow floor mats embroidered with the word Cityflame.

Daimler is producing just 2,400 Smart Fortwo Cityflame vehicles, available in either coupe or cabrio. All have a five-speed automated manual transmission with a 70-horsepower, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder in-line turbo gas engine which produces 68 lb-ft of torque. Starting price is 14,490 euros ($19,300 US at today's exchange rates) for the coupe and 17,580 ($23,500) euros for the cabrio. Daimler has not announced whether the Smart Fortwo edition cityflame will be imported to North America, but we may learn when the big show starts tomorrow.

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New special model smart fortwo edition cityflame: Short, yellow, cool
Stuttgart, Jan 10, 2013

Stuttgart. A splash of colour: with its bodypanels in flame yellow the new special model smart fortwo edition cityflame is a real head-turner. In contrast, the tridion safety cell and alloy wheels are painted in black. The contrast is continued in the interior: the exclusive black seats in leather optic have striking yellow imitation leather inserts and feature yellow stitching. The smart fortwo edition cityflame can be ordered now with prices starting at €14,490. The special model is available as a coupé and a cabrio and will reach dealers in April 2013.

The latest smart fortwo special model has been christened "edition cityflame". With this model smart is honing in on the latest colour trends whilst also meeting the wishes of many customers for even greater individualisation. The most striking exterior features are the bodypanels in an eye-catching pearlescent flame yellow finish (alternatively also available in black). The yellow paintwork has a particularly sporty and expressive effect in combination with the black tridion safety cell, the exclusive black-painted 3-double-spoke alloy wheels with wide tyres (175/55 R 15 at the front and 195/50 R 15 at the rear) and the black door mirror caps.

The colouring is continued in the interior: the seat cushions of the high-quality seats in black leather optic are framed by yellow imitation leather inserts and feature yellow stitching. The instrument panel in leather look is also enhanced by yellow stitching. Further features include a two-section knee pad in black/yellow leather look, a 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles and yellow stitching, and specially produced floor mats embroidered with the word "cityflame".

The model that is limited to 2400 vehicles is based on the passion equipment line, which means that it comes with the softouch automatic gear programme, electric windows, air conditioning with automatic temperature control and a transparent panoramic roof with sunblind, among other features. The audio system basic is also included in the standard spec. The smart fortwo edition cityflame is available as a coupé and cabrio, with a 52 kW mhd petrol engine or a 62 kW petrol engine. Prices start at €14,490.

Here is an overview of the prices:

Engine version/ output
Engine type
Engine capacity
Price in EUR (incl. 19% VAT)
smart fortwo cityflame 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 cityflame 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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      Ryan
      • 12 Hours Ago
      Why would I buy this car that gets the same mileage as my 1995 Saturn, but is half the size? I was also just in Detroit, and the drivers there with the speed that they drive and the poorly laid out streets makes this not the best car for there. Maybe in other European cities, but I can't figure out where this car makes sense in the US. Now, as a lightweight EV with the integrated bike rack in the rear bumper, that could have some use as a commuting car in some cities.
        mazdamattyp5
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @Ryan
        For starters, you would buy this because it's a much better vehicle than a 1995 saturn. Daimler has a touch better reputation at building cars than a failed defunct branch of GM. As someone who owns a Smart Fortwo they are very liveable. They are very comfortable. They are more than capable of driving safely on the highways. I also live in Alabama where interstate is a NASCAR race track. You should probably spend some time with a product before you criticize it unfairly.
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @Ryan
        Your 95 Saturn was subject to VERY different EPA ratings/testing. If tested the same as your car, you'd be getting closer to 45MPG highway. I've squeezed up to 50 out of mine. I've found it convenient living in RI, where everything is pretty close together- I've also driven it in PA for over a week without any complaints. I've driven in Boston and was able to park where nobody else could too.
      Spec
      • 12 Hours Ago
      Why buy this when you can get the electric version for nearly the same price. An electric version that will be much cheaper to operate and will perform better. And don't start whining about long trips. If you are taking long trips in a Smart car then you are doing it wrong.
        mazdamattyp5
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        i agree. the EV will actually be cheaper thanks to the tax credit. The electric green is also a little sharper (IMO) than yellow. That's been played out for a while. I took my Smart on a 6hr (each way) road trip. Loaded up with 2 passengers and a weeks worth of luggage, ac on up and down hills the whole way @ 70mph and averaged 42mpg. A little better than the sticker claims of 39mpg highway. Around town we're getting between 43-49mpg on daily commutes solo. Big savings over the VW tdi we were going to buy to replace our old TDi.
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        I've taken several long trips, with as much as 300+ miles of driving in one shot, and they've been rather pleasant. My Smart handles long trips very well, and comfortably, and I've gotten as much as 50MPG US on these trips. The Smart Electric Drive is nice, but the real killer is recharge time. They've fixed the power issue with the 3rd gen electric drive, but the car still has an ~84 mile range. My daily commute is 40 miles, and often take short weekend trips that would be 100 miles round trip- doable if I found a three phase recharge station and could do a full recharge in two hours or so, but that's unlikely with current infrastructure. I can go over 400 miles a tank on the gas motor, and can fuel up just about anywhere. The electric drive isn't so capable in that regard. I've also fit more than you could imagine in the trunk, and had a passenger. The car is great for long trips. On cost - yes, roughly the same price with a tax credit, but the sticker prices aren't in the same ball park. You also have to factor the cost of replacing your battery into the cost of ownership.
      Christian Wathne
      • 12 Hours Ago
      these not so smart cars are getting old, how many years has this same body style been around?
        mazdamattyp5
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @Christian Wathne
        I bet you chuckled to yourself when you typed "these not so smart cars". I bet you also get a kick out of Marmaduke cartoons. The body style has been around since 2008 in the states with a mild re-fresh in 2011. There will be an all-new model coming out supposedly in 2014. Rumor has it there will be 2-3 new models coming out....another roadster, a slightly larger ForTwo and possibly a Juke-based mini-suv.
      • 12 Hours Ago
      FYI, the motor is naturally aspirated. There is an 84HP turbo version, but it's unclear if that will be offered in the US on this edition- likely not as the Brabus editions don't offer it either in the US.