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Smart Fortwo gets its Brabus wings

Performance-enhanced Brabus packages available on Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio

Published: July 9, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: August 2, 2016, 6:00 PM

Brabus Smart Fortwo Cabrio

The new Brabus Smarts are getting ready to hit the streets, with orders being taken starting this past weekend.

The performance-enhanced Brabus packages will be available on Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio and Forfour, though only the smaller cars would be available in North America (though no announcement has been made). Besides the extensive exterior and interior modifications, the Brabus versions also get a 109-hp version of the 898 cc 3-cylinder engine, achieved through the use of turbocharging for an increase of 20% from the previous model.

Brabus Smart Fortwo

Peak torque of 125 lb-ft (25% more) is attained at 2,000 rpm, resulting in zero to 100 km/h times of 9.5 seconds, with speed topping out at 165 km/h. Fuel economy (based on the new Euro cycle) is rated at 5.2 L/100km in the city and 4.1 on the highway (4.3 for the cabrio).

Part of the performance enhancements are a dual clutch transmission with a race launch feature, and Brabus performance suspension with the electronic stability program (ESP) adapted to the suspension.

The exterior add-ons include matte grey rear diffusers, chrome tailpipe tips and bright Brabus Monoblock IX alloy wheels also in matte grey with a bright accents, and of course the Brabus badges.

Interior touches include upgraded audio, climate control, Brabus floor mats and heated sport seats in perforated nappa leather and black leather stitched in contrasting grey, and leather or fabric instrument panel trim.

Brabus coupes start at 19,710 Euros (which would be roughly $28,400 Canadian), while Cabrios start at 22,970 ($33,100), with deliveries expected by the beginning of August.