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Stylish new Smart EQ fortwo Coupe ‘Racing Green Edition’

What the new Smart EQ fortwo coupé ‘Racing Green Edition’ might lack in all-electric range, it makes up for in the style stakes.

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In case you’re not familiar with the Smart range, the fortwo is, as the name suggests, an ultra-compact city car designed for two people.

The EQ is also all-electric vehicle that’s very much built for darting through the urban jungle, not covering long distances on the motorway.

All models feature an 82 hp electric motor powering the rear wheels via a single-speed gearbox. And all fortwos have a range of around 70 miles, while maximum speed is electronically limited to 81 mph.

It’s nippy off the line, which is perfect for quick-witted commuting, but the 0-62mph dash will take a leisurely 11.6 seconds.

What’s really interesting about this new Racing Green Edition, which costs from £25,495, is that there are cool exterior and interior flourishes courtesy of BRABUS - the German high-performance automotive tuning company that’s been long-associated with Mercedes-Benz.

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After all, Smart is owned by Daimler AG who also own - you guessed it - Mercedes-Benz.

With this model you get Racing Green metallic paint, LED headlights, 16-inch BRABUS black alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof.

Inside, there are BRABUS hand-stitched leather seats finished in Cognac Nappa leather with diamond stitching on the seatbacks and bases, plus a Racing Green top stitch.

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The dashboard and door centre panels are also finished off in Cognac Nappa leather with Racing Green top stitching, as is the three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, which gets Racing Green double stitching.

Other interior highlights include aluminium BRABUS sports pedals and handbrake lever, a BRABUS gear stick and aluminium BRABUS door sills. There’s also a carbon fibre-look trim for the centre console surrounding the eight-inch touchscreen smart Connect media system, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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When it comes to charging the 96-cell lithium-ion battery, a 22 kW on-board charger now comes as standard, meaning that charging from 10 to 80% capacity can take less than 40 minutes using a rapid charger.

And the Smart EQ fortwo Coupe Racing Green Edition can be charged in less than six hours using a home wall box.

As a rival to all-electric cars like the SEAT Mii Electric, the Smart EQ fortwo is well worth a look.

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