2016 Geneva Motor Show – Smart Fortwo by Brabus
To me, small cars are funny and worth thrashing around; beyond that, I do not understand their purpose. The Smart ForTwo is somewhat of an expensive toy, meant for urban living; however, its short wheelbase, rear-wheel-drive and firm suspensions might make this a possible fun machine – if you were to ignore the lack of power coming out the 1.0-liter naturally aspirated engine or 0.9-liter turbo.
BRABUS, oddly, have shown interest; their name is attached to a limited-edition Smart ForTwo Cabrio BRABUS edition 200 units will be available in dealerships starting this May, starting off at €29,950 ($32,670). That’s a pretty penny, some would say, and you should be aware of what that kind of money will get you.
That BRABUS badge brings the same 0.9-liter turbo engine to the table, developing the standard 90 hp, as well as the same dual-clutch twinamic six-speed automatic transmission. However, a larger fuel tank has been fitted, with means this vehicle will be slower once you fill it up. Standard features include a matte light blue paint, a special interior with faux-leather inserts on the seats and dashboard, heated seats, the LED & Sensor package, Comfort package, Stowage Space package and Cool & Media Package.
BRABUS wants us to focus our attention on their new Sports package, an upgrade designed to cost €1,900 ($2,072) for the ForTwo and €2,000 ($2,181) for the ForFour. A series of aesthetic and performance upgrades includes a BRABUS sports suspension, thus lowering the ride height by 10 mm, a new front spoiler and rear apron, and “Monoblock IX” alloys.
The cabin benefits from a 3-spoke multi-function steering-wheel, wrapped in leather, the same as the shift lever knob and the handbrake lever. The twinamic transmission is completed by a pair of paddle shifters, while the pedals received stainless steel, with rubber studs treatment. The limited BRABUS ForTwo is way too expensive for my taste; but it’s not the price-tag that’s relevant. We love powerful and stunning machines, which is why we’re willing to play incredible amounts of money to own them – take the Chiron, for example. But I’m lacking the understanding abilities when it comes to the purpose of this machine, even if touched by the BRABUS team.