The new Smart Brabus models are here for those who believe what a quirky car needed was more turbo boost.
Debuting all at once at this week’s Beijing Motor Show, the Smart ForTwo, ForFour and Cabriolet versions of the Brabus series follow in the footsteps of their predecessors with sharp bodykits, big(ish) wheels and a great big helping of turbocharging to a little three-cylinder engine.
The power this time comes from an 898-cc engine with 107hp (109PS) and 170 Nm of torque, modest improvements over the old car but gains of around 20 percent over the standard 0.9-liter turbo car. Smart says the Brabus ForTwo can get up to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds and up to at least 180 km/h top speed.
But to further cement the Smart Brabus’ sporting credentials, there is a snarlier exhaust note, a more aggressive steering setup and a revised six-speed dual-clutch transmission the incorporates a “Race Start” system for, “optimal rpm and clutch slip for maximum acceleration from rest.” Yeah, this Smart has launch control.
A range of Brabus Xclusive options includes cosmetic touches to upgrade the car, including sport seats covered in Nappa leather and stitched dashboard.
The Smart Brabus models go on sale in Europe in July.