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Motor Max: SMALL WONDER.

Byline: TONY LARNER

ONE word sums up the smart Roadster-Coupe: Wow!

If you've ever dreamed of driving a Formula One car then slip into the hot seat of this pocket-rocket and feel the power.

OK, the smart roadster may only have 0-60 mph stats of 11 seconds, so you're never going to make it on to a Grand Prix podium.

But it feels far, far, faster and the 0-40 mph figure must be right up there with many of the faster and more expensive speed machines.

This two-seater looks good, feels good and really puts a smile on your face -and many others.

Walking back to the roadster in my town centre car park, a little old lady was standing next to it, chattering away with her husband.

'What a lovely car,' she said to me as I approached. 'I would love to have one -if I was a few years younger.'

She may have a point.

The only negative from my weekend with the car was getting in and getting out of it. It's so low to the ground that at 6ft 2ins tall I had to bend my body double at the open door -and throw myself in.

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POCKET ROCKET: the smart Roadster-Coupe
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 2, 2004
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