The performance tuning arm of Smart has developed unique ForFour and ForTwo derivatives with more power and performance- oriented dynamics.
Brabus is renowned for tuning Mercedes-Benz products to spectacular levels of performance, but the firm is also known to tune tiny cars... The Smart Brabus ramps up the performance on the otherwise tame Smart city car; not only is it available with a turbocharged engine, but with two levels of trim.
The 0.9-litre turbocharged engine, which normally develops 66 kW, has been tuned up to deliver 80 kW with 170 Nm of torque. The shift in power reduces the claimed 0-100 kph time to below the 10-second barrier (9.5 seconds) and the Brabus will apparently hit a top speed of 180 kph.
The 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been enhanced to deliver faster shifts and also features a race-start mode. Race-start (colloquially known as launch control) allows the driver to hold the car on the brake while the revs build up to optimal launch conditions.
Other fun additions to the Brabus Smart are the sports-tuned steering, sports- exhaust system and sports suspension. The suspension is 20% stiffer than on the normal car and, with an added anti-roll bar, reduces roll in the corners. The final performance touch is grippier Yokohama tyres that add a little extra grip.
The Brabus interior differs from the standard model's as well. Special Brabus seats, steering wheel, handbrake, sports pedals and gear knob are installed.
Those looking for an extra touch of sportiness to their Brabus Smart can opt for the Xclusive line. This upgrade kit includes touches such as Brabus leather seats, black and white Brabus instruments, Brabus floor mats and an Xclusive badge.
Pricing for Smart Brabus derivatives in SA:
|Smart Brabus ForTwo||R308 200|
|Smart Brabus ForFour||
|Smart Brabus ForTwo Xclusive||R360 000|
|Smart Brabus ForFour Xclusive||R365 100|