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I took a 13 mile ride out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area for morning coffee. I pulled into an overlook area one of the highest in the park. There was only one passenger van and about dozen people. I turned off the engine and some of the people walked over and I believe were talking about my smart, but I couldn't understand them because they were speaking French. So, I got out of the car and one couple in particular introduced the group as being from France. Most it seemed, spoke good english.
Some were wondering about what engine I had in my Smart. They like the sound of my car and thought I had a different engine in it. I explained that it was the standard 1 liter for the US, but I had added an air scoop to the outside to ram air through the air filter box using a K&N filter. I explained that I removed the intake resonator, replaced it with a "straight" tube from the air filter box to the throttle body (resulting in some extra sound) and replaced the exhaust and muffler with a mildly aggressive sounding solo performance muffler.
One couple who own a smart back in France, really liked the sound and asked me to email a description of the mods I have done.

On a side note. Unrelated to this trip.
Right after I had removed the intake resonator and installed the smart madness straight pipe and air scoop.
Someone asked "PM" me why I didn't go with a "cold" air intake installed inside the engine compartment.

My thoughts were, that at 50-70+mph ambient air being rammed into the air filter box with a oem sized K&N filter via the added side scoop from the slipstream down the side of the car would be a lot cooler than any air having to be pulled from the confines of the small engine compartment with the heat of the engine, exhaust pipe and muffler.
 

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I am interested in your straight tube and exhaust system. Because my smart is running perfect and under warranty 2 more years I don't need to do anything so cost will be the main factor. I am interested in the fact that people are reacting to the sound of your car. I have a gas 2014.
 

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Nice!!

That reminds me, we were walking around in Winthrop WA on the North Cascades Hwy in 1994, having arrived in our 1989 Peugeot 405 DL, and on the street a small crowd had surrounded the car and were taking photos when we got back to it. They were French tourists. They were so excited, it was the only Peugeot they had seen on their grand tour of the USA! We felt like celebrities.
 

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I am interested in your straight tube and exhaust system. Because my smart is running perfect and under warranty 2 more years I don't need to do anything so cost will be the main factor. I am interested in the fact that people are reacting to the sound of your car. I have a gas 2014.
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