Our starting point here is something that hasn’t changed. After taking flak in 2007 when it added a few inches to the Fortwo’s kerbside presence for the second generation, Daimler has left the overall length just as it was for the Mk1, at a smidgen under 2.7m.
There are plenty of advantages to such a small car, most of them much greater and more meaningful, and many of them developed even further with this version of the Fortwo. The car is wider than it was, with 100mm added to both tracks for better steering response. A redesign of the front suspension has allowed the maximum steering angle to increase to 51deg and the turning circle to drop to just 7.3m wall to wall (down from 8.7m).
The car’s basic construction hasn’t changed. A ‘safety cell’ monocoque forms the fundamental shape, made from various grades of high-strength steel, with the engine and gearbox packaged under the boot floor.
Some of the Fortwo’s plastic body panels have been sacrificed, though, and the overall kerb weight has increased to 880kg – or more than 900kg if you opt for the two-pedal auto. That seems heavy for a strict two-seater, but the proof will be sampled later.