More power than ever: the new smart BRABUS

2016-07-21 06:00
The sport BRABUS Photo: supplied

The sport BRABUS Photo: supplied

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WITH 80 kW of power, the new smart BRABUS is among the sportiest vehicles in its segment. Alongside the powerful turbo engine, is the BRABUS Performance sports suspension with specially adapted ESP®, the sports power steering and sporty configuration of the twinamic dual-clutch transmission with Race Start function. The vehicle also comes as standard with a sporty look both inside and out. Available in fortwo and forfour versions, these new smart BRABUS models will be in Mercedes-Benz smart dealer showrooms from December 2016.

Anyone for a spot more driving enjoyment? The new smart BRABUS models are more powerful than any previous standard smart. Rated power and maximum torque is 80 kW at 5750 r/min and 170 Nm at 2000 r/min respectively. The smart BRABUS fortwo delivers a sporty level of performance, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds, while the smart BRABUS forfour boasts a top speed of up to 180 km/h.

The more powerful turbo engine is not the only technical highlight. The sporty performance is due also to the following extensive modifications:

· The fuel pressure has been raised by 2 bar. The air supply to the engine has been optimised.

· The springing/damping of the BRABUS Performance sports suspension are 20 percent firmer than the BRABUS sports suspension, with the anti-roll bar on the front axle reducing the roll tendency by 9%, while the ESP® has been specially adapted.

· The sports-tuned Direct-Steer system with speed-sensitive power assistance and variable steering ratio comes with a specially increased return torque for the smart BRABUS. This means that the steering gives even stronger feedback on the current grip status of the tyres, thereby improving the communication between driver and vehicle. This allows better control over the vehicle while making for enhanced driving enjoyment.

· With an up to 40 percent faster response time and shorter-legged ratios than in the 66 kW model, the twinamic 6-speed dual-clutch transmission is configured for sporty performance. It also features a Race Start function, which automatically sets the optimal rpm and clutch slip for maximum acceleration from rest. To use the Race Start function, the driver simply needs to release the brake pedal after previously depressing it and flooring the accelerator.

· The BRABUS sport exhaust system has been optimised in terms of back-pressure.

The sporty top models of the latest smart generation stand out visually through their matt grey rear diffuser insert with chrome-look tailpipe trims as well as their grey, high-sheen and matt painted BRABUS Monoblock IX light-alloy wheels. The smart fortwo comes with Yokohama sports tyres of size 185/50 R 16 H (front) and 205/40 R 17 H (rear). The smart forfour is shod with 185/45 R 17 H (front) and 205/40 R 17 H (rear).

All smart BRABUS models come as standard with a lockable glove compartment, the Cool & Audio package and the proximity warning function. The smart BRABUS fortwo and forfour also sport a panoramic roof ex factory.

smart BRABUS Xclusive: the new premium equipment line

The new high-end equipment line BRABUS Xclusive makes for even greater sporty elegance in the city. The special features:

· BRABUS sport seats with upholstery in perforated nappa leather/black leather with specific grey topstitching

· BRABUS dashboard in leather look/black fabric BRABUS instrument cluster with cockpit clock and rev counter

· BRABUS floor mats

· Xclusive badges in mirror triangle and B-pillar

The BRABUS Xclusive also comes as standard with LED & Sensor package, heated seats for driver and front passenger, while the smart forfour BRABUS Xclusive features readyspace rear seats with a removable cargo box.

Long-standing cooperation: smart-BRABUS GmbH

smart-BRABUS GmbH is a joint venture of smart and BRABUS and stands for automotive refinement at the highest level. In the last twelve years, over 60,000 customers have opted for products that were developed or produced in cooperation with BRABUS engineers.

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