I discovered something very surprising about the little smart: When your (admittedly cheap Kumho Ecsta AST) tyres get close to needing replacement, they become absolutely
terrifying awesome when you attempt to corner at speed.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hitting the go pedal hard on green lights, and not only will the car now actually do a very tiny (satisfying) burnout, but if I turn a corner while doing this, the rear end tries to swap with the front.
On clover junctions (admittedly, I often see what’s the fastest exit speed I can hit on one), it’ll actually kick the rear end out for a good duration of the curve.
On wet surfaces, this gets amplified by 10x. Like, I can pull epic drifts or long burnouts in abandoned parking lots...it’s like the car suddenly got a whole lot more than its 70 bhp.
Obviously, this is very unsafe, but thankfully my tyres waited until before winter to wear out.
That said...I won’t be going with this tyre when I replace them next week. The rears only lasted 30k, while the fronts are still soldiering on with 70k. Having the drive wheels and all of the weight on the rear tyres is the cause of this.
Not only that, but those Kumhos are so darn uncomfortable, loud, and useless in the snow. Not again.
Also, with 91k, my 2012 smart remains the highest mileage post-facelift smart in the country!