2016 smart fortwo: First Drive Review

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Under the Hood
For the fortwo, “under the hood” is actually under the cargo area. In this space resides a tiny 898cc turbocharged 3-cylinder engine producing 89 horsepower — an impressive jump from the 70 horsepower of the outgoing version. Maximum torque of 100 lb-ft is available at 2500 rpm. Power doesn’t have far to go since it’s directed to the rear wheels — unusual in a car this size. As expected, with more power comes better acceleration: the fortwo can reach 60 mph in 10.1 seconds with the manual transmission — by no means quick, but still better than the outgoing model’s 12.8 seconds.

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