When it comes to Brabus, it’s all about power and speed regardless of the size of the vehicle and both are true for the German tuning firm’s latest creation named the Ultimate 120, which is based on the Smart Fortwo Cabrio and will make its world premiere at this week’s 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The name refers to both the output (120PS or 118bhp) and the number of cars Brabus plans to produce but not to its price that is set at a mind boggling €45,900 or about US$61,600 a piece!
Under the hood, you will find a heavily modified version of the stock car’s three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine rated at 120PS (118bhp) at 6,000rpm with 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of peak torque available on tap between 2,250 and 3,750 rpm. An automated manual transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles transfers power to the rear wheels.
Brabus quotes a zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 8.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 170km/h (106mph).
To make sure that the Ultimate 120 behaves on the road, Brabus has fitted the Fortwo with a height-adjustable coilover suspension, a high-performance brake system with cross-drilled discs and four-piston fixed calipers painted in body color on the front axle, plus new 18-inch alloy wheels shod in 205/35 high-performance tires up front and massive 235/30 tires in the rear.
A stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two chrome-plated tailpipes is also part of the package.
On the outside, the Ultimate 120 is dressed in a wide body kit that comprises a front spoiler, side sills, a rear apron and wider fenders.
Inside, the entire cabin is clad in black Mastik leather with red contrasting seams, while other highlights include the Recaro Sportster seats, the Brabus steering wheel, the body colored accent trims, stainless-steel pedals plus aluminum shifter and emergency-brake lever.