Smart Brabus concept is under wraps – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Of all the auto marques on the market, Smart isn't exactly the first we'd associate with high performance. That's where Brabus comes in.

The longtime Mercedes-Benz tuner has emerged as something like Smart's own AMG – that is to say, the factory-approved tuning house of choice – offering an array of aftermarket accessories for the diminutive city cars. But once in a while, Brabus also cranks out something truly unique.

In 2003, Brabus squeezed a twin-turbo V6 into the Smart Roadster. In 2006, Brabus followed up with the ForFour Race Concept that turned the ill-fated four-door Smart into a veritable hot hatch.

Brabus was keen to show it off for the official Smart website in the UK, and in the process hinted at the next show car coming down the road. Hard to say what it is, since all we see is a tarp, but considering that the ForFour and Roadster have long since kicked the bucket, it's fairly safe to assume it's based on the ForTwo – the core Smart product and the last remaining model Brabus hasn't yet tinkered with to the same extent. Follow the jump to see for yourself.


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      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh goodie, I hope it's a real transmission. (I'd actually consider one for SF then.)
      Gnarles2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just purchased a 2011 fortwo. I love it. Sure it has some quirkiness, but once you drive it for a week or so you actually learn how to drive it and it becomes really fun. I don't get why there is such hate for this car. Maybe it is just on this site because everyone I know that has seen the car loves the way it looks and thinks its fun to drive. For anyone who thinks they are death traps, you need to look at www.safeandsmart.com . I was able to witness an accident firsthand and saw for myself that they are safe cars. I was stopped at a light as someone blew past me, right as a fortwo was going through their green light. The smart hit the car that ran the red light (a ford 500) right on its side doors at about 40mph. The 2 people in the smart were able to open the doors and get out without injury. The driver in the 500 was a bloody mess. Luckily not critically injured, just beat up. I have had the car for about a month and have never gotten less than 40mpg. I have taken a 600 mile roadtrip and pretty much did 80-85 the whole time. I considered and drove many of the other new small cars that are out now, Fiesta, Mazda 2, Hyundai Elantra. Those cars have no soul. Most other cars are just boring everyday cars that everyone else has and I would get bored with any of them in about a week. The fortwo makes you smile and it reminds me of the days when cars were simple and you had to think when you drove them.
        chest rockwell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gnarles2
        What?? A Smart car has "soul"???? Come on! The car is a roll cage on wheels. And if by "once you actually learn how to drive it" you mean pulling out in traffic like a semi truck and looking for 30 second gaps in traffic, then you're right. It does take a while to get used to acceleration that's worse than a school bus.
          Gnarles2
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chest rockwell
          Ok, either you can't drive or you are just not used to small cars. I have an 2007 Suzuki XL7, a 2008 Kia Rio, and a 2001 Jeep Wrangler. The smart is not much different than any of those. The XL7 is by far faster but I also never have the need to take full throttle take offs so it does not really matter. Nor have I ever taken a full throttle take off in the smart. If I need more power I will shift it manually. In the auto mode it can be sluggish. But that's why it's an "economy" car. Not a sports car. The brabus is an economy car with a sporty look and ride. That's about it. You have to see the car for what it is. An economy car with a very different look. It gets way more attention than anything else you can get for its price.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they can add a few feet to it, a real engine, and make it safe. You you, just turn it into a read car rather than a golf cart with doors.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      To bad we never got the Smart Roadster in the USA, would have made the brand fun.
      Eddie Jakobsen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I Love my smart Fortwo and cannnot wait for the next version.. those who dont like it have never had one and there for should stop all the hate! Just sayin
      _M7_
      • 3 Years Ago
      COOOLLLL a pencil sharpener whit big engine XD the same did Js racing whit a Fit
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about just keeping the tarp on it and calling it a day
      chest rockwell
      • 3 Years Ago
      As someone who got stuck renting a Brabus ForTwo for a week, I cannot fathom how anyone would ever buy this car. It had the worst transmission I've ever been in - almost made my girlfriend sick it was so terrible. It also had a 0-60 time of 14 seconds (per my own timing). Gas mileage was crap for a car that size, almost no trunk/cargo space, and a two-inch crumple/death zone. Sorry Smart lovers, but you lose all credibility when you say it's a good car. It fails on almost every level of what a basic car should be.
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesnt matter what it is, just another show car that will get minimal ink and soon be collecting dust like the other two on their way to being forgotten.
      Csaba Szalontai
      • 3 Years Ago
      i did see a few roadster in hungary. They are really nice little cars! especially the brabus ones
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      At first I thought this was a new concept car from smart.. it's just another tuned smart from Brabus. Big deal.
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