The 2009 Smart Passion comes with a new Mitsubishi three-cylinder engine in three versions, delivering 61 hp, 70 hp, and 84 hp respectively, or, in the case of the Brabus, 101 horsepower. The U.S only gets the 70 hp version. It has a DOHC 12-valve, inline-3 aluminum block and head, port fuel injection. The car has a five-speed transmission built by Getrag.
Production on the 2009 Smart Fortwo is done at the Smartville, eco-friendly plant in Hambach, France and the base cost for the 2009 Smart increased by $400.
* Engine Type: In-Line 3-Cylinder
* Engine Block/Cylinder Head: Aluminum-Alloy
* Displacement (l): 1.0
* Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net, Rev 8/04): 70 HP @ 5,800 rpm
* Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 68 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm
* Bore and Stroke (in): 2.83 x 3.22
* Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
* Valve train: 4-valve per cyl. - SOHC
* Electronic Multi-Point Fuel Injection
* Rear-wheel Drive
* CARB Emissions Rating: ULEV-2
* Federal Emissions: Tier II/Bin5
* Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer
Transmissions: 5-Speed Automated Manual
Could it be the Brabus Mercedes version?
http://www.smartcarofamerica.com/smart_ ... rt_brabus/
I find a LOT of variants ranging from mild hybrid to full electric.
Most aren't imported, but they might have one anyway.
All euro models are mild hybrid.
People used to bring in models from canada.
I don't know how those differ.
It's certainly possible with a higher compression engine.
My italian coupe had peak efficiency at 5000 rpm.
I always pegged the tach when shifting and never got under 22 mpg city.
I once averaged 45 mpg at 85 mph through the Smoky Mountains.
I got worse mileage at 55 than at 75, due to the engine tuning.
Lower drag than it looked and lightweight.
And specific efficiency is best at highest load always.
(That doesn't always equate to best mileage.)
You also have to ask how mileage was checked and for how long.
It takes a while to average out things.
Bear in mind that full throttle is the most efficient mode, so the loss is only when stopping prematurely or not lifting soon enough.
A looser engine has less friction too, so engines vary.
They estimate 40 mpg for the average cars.
Fifty is possible, but will vary, as with any car.
A turbo is more efficient, in theory, but it all depends, as you know.
These cars are tuned for premium, but most people won't use it and lose a lot that way.
I found versions with only 44 hp and very small engines
* Smart, previously called Smart GmbH, one of the car brands of Daimler AG, manufactures microcars and superminis with its head office in BÃ¶blingen, Germany, and is being produced in France.
* It is being promoted as the "smart" brand, projecting "compact" and "forward thinking."
* A sports type Smart Roadster, which is a limited version of 2000 concept Smart Crosstown and a supermini Smart Forfour was also made available to the public. Although they have been discontinued, they also plan to promote a Brazilian-made ForFour and a Mercedes smart car C-class called Formore.
* Other smart cars available are: Smart City-CoupÃ© & City-Cabrio, Smart Crossblade, Smart City-CoupÃ© & City-Cabri, Smart Roadster, Smart Forfour, Smart Brabus, Smart Fortwo, Smart Fortwo EV (also known as ED), Smart K (which went for commercial production and made available to the public only in Japan).
* Daimler Chrysler was presented to the public as an electric version of the Smart Car during the British Motor Show in July 2006.