smart: Geneva Motor Show 2007
Geneva
Mar 06, 2007
The smart fortwo BRABUS: Powerful and agile
What started in 2002 as a joint venture between smart and BRABUS has developed over the years into extremely successful cooperation in the field of vehicle tuning. The great popularity of the BRABUS variants of the smart shows the increasing customer interest in individualised cars. Together with BRABUS, smart will continue to round off its model range with even more exclusive models. BRABUS variants boast both exclusive equipment and greater engine power.
The smart fortwo BRABUS places the primary focus on sportiness. Its three-cylinder one litre petrol engine delivers 72 kW (98 bhp) and develops maximum torque of 140 Newton metres. The transmission has also been configured for this. The first and the fifth gears have different transmission ratios to the pure, pulse and passion and – given the light weight of just 780 kilos – this lends the two-seater remarkably lively agility and enables a maximum speed of 155 km/h (limited). The car sprints from zero to 100 km/h in less than ten seconds.
The exterior of the fortwo BRABUS is first and foremost characterised by sporty "Monoblock VI" alloy wheels. These have 5.5 inch rims with 175/50 R 16 tyres at the front and 7.5 inch rims with 225/35 R 17 tyres at the rear together with external-mounted fender flares in the colour of the body. Furthermore, the fortwo BRABUS boasts a sports exhaust with a specially grained rear apron and fog lamps.
Special BRABUS logos and lettering embellish the body in the following places: a logo in the right and left mirror triangles and on the front grille, and BRABUS lettering on the rear. The fuel filler flap features an embossed BRABUS double B symbol in chrome. Further features include a panoramic roof made of polycarbonate, electric windows, air conditioning with temperature control and the "softouch" automatic gear programme.
A smart fortwo BRABUS wouldn't be a BRABUS if the tuning specialist from Bottrop hadn't also turned its attention to the suspension. This consists of four sports shock absorbers and four coil springs with a BRABUS-specific characteristic. The suspension lowers the fortwo BRABUS by 10 millimetres and also provides for more agile and direct handling.
The interior is distinguished from that of normal fortwo models by a number of BRABUS styling features. These include a BRABUS metal gear knob, a polished metal hand-brake handle and sports pedals. The speedometer, rev counter and clock also bear the BRABUS signature and the gauges, colour and styling of the numbers and pointers are all designed by BRABUS.
The same range of exterior colours is available for the smart fortwo BRABUS as for other smart fortwo models. Both the coupé and the cabrio are available as BRABUS versions.
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