A rolling concert hall.
The Smart ForTwo city car is all about being small, and audio provider JBL recently teamed up with Smart to see how much it could get out of the tiny hatchback in terms of sound. The result is an impressively packaged, high-powered audio system with a whopping 5,720 watts of amplification.
JBL calls it the Smart Forgigs study, and it’s a version of the 2016 Smart ForTwo hatchback that’s outfitted with all sorts of amplifiers, speakers, and tweeters to make for a sound system on wheels. To put the JBL system’s 5,720-watt amplification number in perspective, the high-end Bang & Olufsen sound system in the Audi A8 only makes 1,300 watts.
Fitting the full array of sound equipment into the tiny Smart ForTwo was no easy task, and required 100 meters of wiring that’s integrated into the interior paneling. JBL also added lots of insulation material to insulate the passenger cell and door panels so they don’t shake apart from the sound system’s power. A DJ can also control special interior and exterior lighting to change color along with the music.
Though the fully outfitted Smart Forgigs won’t go up for sale anytime soon, Smart does offer a far less powerful, conventional 240-watt JBL audio system in the ForTwo. The 2016 Smart ForTwo will arrive in Canadian showrooms this fall and will be available with a 0.9-liter turbo inline-three engine with 89 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque.