The third generation smart fortwo and the second generation forfour have finally received their BRABUS versions. And, just like Porsche with the 718 Cayman, Daimler has chosen the Beijing Motor Show as the presentation spot. The main feature of these cars is the 898 cm³ 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. Instead of 66kW, it now delivers 80 kW at 5,750 rpm, good for a top speed of 180 km/h (electronically limited) in the forfour and 165 km/h in the fortwo coupé and the fortwo cabrio (also governed due to safety reasons). Torque is 170 Nm at 2,000 rpm.
Even if it has a lower top speed, the fortwo coupé and the fortwo cabrio are 1 s faster than the forfour when it relates to o-to-100km/h acceleration: 9.5 s, against 10.5 s for the bigger brother. The power increase has been achieved with more pressure in the fuel lines (2 bar), an optimization on air supply and also with the BRABUS sport exhaust system, which has been enhanced to present less back-pressure.
Besides the engine, the smart BRABUS have received a suspension tweak, with 20% stiffer dampers and springs. An anti-roll bar for the front axle is said to reduce roll tendency by 9% and smart also states the ESP has been specially calibrated for the more powerful cars. The steering has also been upgraded with the Direct-Steer, a speed-sensitive system that changes not only the power steering assistance, but also the steering ratio, and that presents increased return torque. This gives the drives much more feedback of the tires grip, what contributes to a better driving experience.
The transmission, called twinamic, is a 6-speed automated dual-clutch gearbox. In the smart BRABUS, it has been improved as well, offering a 40% faster response time and shorter gear ratios. In order to achieve maximum acceleration, it counts on the Race Start function. It works by pressing the brake pedal to the fullest, releasing it and putting the gas pedal to the metal. The engine sets its optimal rpm and the transmission uses the best clutch slip for the task.
The fortwo and fortwo cabrio are 2.70 m long, 1.66 m wide, 1.56 m tall with a wheelbase of 1.87 m. In their smart BRABUS versions, they use 185/50 R16 tires in their front wheels and 205/40 R17 tires in the back wheels. All of them Yokohama sport tires. The forfour is 3.40 m long, 1.67 m wide, 1,55 m tall and has a wheelbase of 2.49 m. In its sportiest version, it uses 185/45 R17 tires in the front axle and the same 205/40 R17 in the rear axle. From the same Japanese manufacturer.
For the ones willing for more standard equipment, such as sport heated front seats, LED & Sensor package and a BRABUS instruments panel, smart offers the BRABUS Xclusive trim for € 3,000. The cars will be put for sale in Europe in July 2016 for prices that start at € 19,710, for the smart BRABUS fortwo coupé, up to € 23,520, for the smart BRABUS forfour Xclusive.