By Amos Kwon
on 9.18.12
Photo by Smart

The Smart ForTwo looks like it’s gone to the crusher, but thankfully, the Smart ForStars concept indicates the potential of Smart’s next generation not-so-pocket rocket. About to take a bow at the Paris Motor Show, the concept steps away from its ultra-mini heritage: at 140 inches, it’s over 30% longer than its stubby predecessor, and about 5.9 inches wider, too. Increased dimensions aside, the real draw to this micro is the built-in video projector hiding behind a fake air intake in the fascia, which allows you to throw up some great Behind The Wheel episodes or a mesmerizing showing of Senna via smartphone or Bluetooth on any wall of your choosing. What about sound, you ask? A full set of speakers resides just aft of the driver and passenger doors for your listening pleasure.

The ForStars is powered by a 60kW magneto-electric motor that provides a decent 100 lb-ft of torque and an unremarkable top speed of 81 mph. Unique additions (beyond turning your auto into a theater) come in the form of a convex glass roof, a power tailgate, hammock-style seats (for the truly lazy) and flip-open taillights that house a charging socket and a bottle holder. If driving doesn’t interest you much, at least you can power your phone, watch a movie, take a drink and then fall asleep under the ForStars.

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