So you get all the feel-good, over-the-top ambiance of vintage, with a tire shredding, knee-dragging modern machine that will almost positively keep on running until you turn it off with the key. Output from the two-valve, desmo 992cc V-Twin is superb, with a healthy 85 horsepower at the wheel. There is also the usual lovely torque curve, at 65 foot-pounds, with a ton of twist down low that makes the DS 1000 such a great street engine. (Incidentally, the factory claims that Smart's 750 Imola made 80 horsepower, so you've got the next Italian 200 as much as won...) Fuel efficiency is pretty commendable for these days, too, with the twin-plug engine turning in about 38 mpg, Cold starts are no problem (insofar as 60 degrees in our sunny SoCal winter is "cold") and the idle control is the same automated system (no fast idle lever, no choke in manual adjustments) as first fitted the Multistrada. Also, when starting the engine, all one does is tap the starter button to activate the firing sequence–the ECU completes cranking until the engine starts. We balked at this kind of automation at first, but the engine running is so consistent that you don't really have cause to want to adjust anything. Go set the floats on your '74's Dell'Ortos if you get bored with all the perfect running of the Smart Replica.