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I emailed the smart support desk about the standard 9-spoke wheels, and received the following reply:

"Dear smart Enthusiast, The 9-spoke wheels on the Passion Model are the ones shown on the following page site: http://www.smartusa.com/smart-fortwo-cabrio.aspx I apologize for the confusion! If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us via email or by phone at 1.800.smartusa. Thank you for your interest in smart USA. You will be hearing from us soon!"
 

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9 Spokers

I think what is adding the "knobbly-ness" to the 9-spoke wheels as shown in the link is that we are seeing the brake caliper behind them (between the spokes). There are similar but much larger photos in the '06 Canadian cdi and '07 UK 451 and brochures that show them, and they are quite smooth and not bad looking. Good opportunity to paint the calipers some wild Brembo-esque color!
 

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It's not you. The coupe is shown with 12-spoke wheels, which will not be fitted on the actual cars coming to the US. Both the coupe and the cabrio will come with the 9-spoke design shown on the cabrio.
 

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Our Wheels

Go to the international smart site ( http://www.smart.com ). The 9-spoke wheels you first see not the ones. Go to "UK." At the upper left click “smart fortwo,” then either "coupe" or "cabrio." Then down near the bottom center click “smart fortwo brochure” (a .pdf). After downloading the .pdf, go to page 21-of-29 (Optional equipment). Those are our 9-spoke wheels.
 

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I prefer the six spoke rims as well. I'm hoping that the dealership will be stocking various types of wheels for the car. Worse case, I will order a set of the six spokes rims from a dealership in Europe.
 

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More Wheel Pictures

DaimlerChrysler added some photos to their media center today to coincide with the official launch of the micro hybrid drive smart at the Frankfurt auto show. The car shown is fitted with the 9-spoke wheels - lots of good pictures...

http://media.daimlerchrysler.com/dcmedia/0-921-658938-1-829643-1-0-0-0-0-1-11694-854934-0-3842-0-0-0-0-0.html?TS=1189570295602&REF=921%2Fen%2FMercedes%20Car%20Group%2Fsmart%2FThe%20new%20smart%20fortwo%2FList%20View%2F%23XCID%3D829643%20%7C%20XPID%3D0%20%7C%20XCTY%3D3962%20%7C%20XAID%3D
 
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