Went to the Dell Diamond Parking lot today in Round Rock Texas for our Smart tour street rides... Had a great time...light crowd...less then 20 folks in line at any time (several waves during the 2.5 hours I was there)
Had to cycle through the line a few times before I got a shot at the rag top.... I liked it a LOT for style and how easy it worked and looked...
I finally asked to be a "passenger" and I conned the Smart tour "driver" to rag on it some and get some serious speed up (our test drive route barely got out of second gear and was mostly under 30MPH)
He was tired of the mind numbing short route and series of tight turns so he grinned and off we went to thrash the little beast a bit...
Top down there is more wind then I prefer at 60 mph... Top up and there is MUCH more road noise and fabric flapping then I want to listen to..
Now this is just me... I will NOT be using this as an inner city low mph car.
I live out in the sticks 32 miles and my commute is on a 75mph highway, through a 5 stop light 45mph town, and on to Ft Hood where some 5 (50mph) miles later I am at work. I love my radio; music, and news and I am old enough to be grumpy about external noises...
Well that drive fixed that nagging issue. Up to this point all I had been in or driven were hard tops. Rag top is not for me.
Also changed my mind on the color..I would love a darker Red and Black. The Smart Red is too orange in the bright Texas sunlight
So my next love is the Yellow/Black Passion hard top.
I also decided finally that I will order the comfort group and leather package .... I was hedging on getting cloth for the better colors inside and having the seats recovered in leather until I saw that the side air bags blow out of the seat back sides...I do NOT want to screw around with or have warranty issues with the air bags.... still on the fence about electric power steering... the manual steer is very light with good return to center...but I probably will get the Power steer just because I am building a "full option" car
now I need to find a Yellow/Black slidways avatar!