Strike now to beat flight of the 'Bumble Bee'

It's been dubbed the "Bumble Bee" by motoring critics. Now smart car fans are being urged to snap one up before it takes flight. For only 200 smart fortwo cityflame edition models will be available to buy in the UK when it is launched next month in time for summer … with looks to match.

The happy, sunny looks of a car set for the brightest season is definitely one for drivers looking for car credit who prefer not to hide their light under a bushel.

The smart fortwo cityflame's eye-catching design will brighten its owners lives with its flamboyant vivid pearlescent flame yellow body panels.

This stunning model's launch is turning up the heat on its city car rivals, destined to have drivers blazing a trail to smart retailers nationwide, thanks to a mixture of head-turning good looks and a superb specification.

Enhancing the eye-catching exterior are a black tridion safety cell, grille surround, door mirror caps and exclusive 15in black-painted 3-double spoke alloy wheels.

The cityflame logos in the mirror triangles help accentuate this smart's identity, while BRABUS headlights with titanium-coloured background further augment its striking looks.

The summery colour scheme carries on inside, where passengers can relax and savour the journey in black fabric/leather-look seats incorporating flame yellow inlays and stitching.

The leather-look dashboard and three-spoke leather sports steering wheel with shift paddles also boasts flame yellow contrasts. So does the specially-produced floor mats with 'cityflame' embroidered lettering.

The launch model is offered as a coupé or cabrio and with an option of 71 bhp (52 kW) mhd or 84 bhp (62 kW) petrol engines.

The cityflame edition smart is crammed with a myriad of standard equipment too.

This includes air conditioning, soft-touch transmission, electric windows and navigation system.

The coupé features a panoramic roof and the cabrio is stocked with an electric soft top in black tritop fabric.

UK pricing for smart fortwo cityflame edition is as follows:

- 71 bhp (52kW) mhd coupé cityflame £10,995

- 71 bhp (52kW) mhd cabrio cityflame £12,495

- 84 bhp (62kW) coupé cityflame £11,495

- 84 bhp (62kW) cabrio cityflame £12,995.

Gary Savage, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that smart special edition models have always been a favourite among drivers who really do want to stand out from the motoring crowd and he expects this latest version to continue the trend.

Mr Savage added: "It's certain to add a huge splash of colour to the life of its owners."

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