By now AMG has produced versions of just about everything Mercedes makes, right down to the A-Class, CLA and GLA. But while even the smallest of Benzes have fallen under Affalterbach's knife, Daimler's performance division steers clear of the Smart brand and its products. For that, the German automaker collaborates with another legendary Silver Star tuner.

Brabus first worked its magic on the original Smart Fortwo in 2003, packing a warmed-over 700cc engine with 74 horsepower along with upgraded aero and rolling stock. The second-generation Brabus model took things further with a 101-hp 1.0-liter engine and other go-fast(er) goodies. And now that the new Fortwo is upon us, it looks like Brabus is at it again.

Spied with a camo wrap but no visible body cladding, the new Brabus city car is expected to pack more of a punch than its predecessors, with estimates ranging from 105 to 120 hp – which may not be much for most cars, but promises to transform the Smart into something more aggressive, especially when paired with a sportier suspension, dual exhaust and aero kit.

Expect the new Brabus Smart to debut sometime next year, after which it'll be interesting to see how it might square off against a future Renaultsport version of the Twingo with which the new Smart cars share their rear-engined underpinnings.


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      neilyadig
      • 5 Months Ago
      that's fine. but what is the point of an updated proprietary comments system that does nothing new and doesn't come close to Livefyre or Disqus...
        Lachmund
        • 5 Months Ago
        @neilyadig
        It actually is even worse now! Ridiculous!
          Bernard
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          I wanted to make a meaningful reply to your comment but I can't because the font color is too faint to read it. In other words: Wat?
      Jim R
      • 5 Months Ago
      120HP in a roughly 2,000lb car. Doesn't sound like much but that's about what the original Lotus Elise had and nobody complained about that. (I'm talking about the UK market Elise, not the US market cars).
        Brian P
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        It's about the same weight and around double the power of an original Honda Civic or VW Rabbit., and the drive is to the correct set of wheels. If they get the tuning right, it ought to be quite entertaining.
      mazdamattyp5
      • 5 Months Ago
      120hp in a car reported to be 1600lbs (2000lbs for the EV) is pretty sporty. I can't wait to see how this turns out. When I heard Brabus made a 101hp version I went to my dealer to buy it only to find out it was EU only. Any car with 50% more power is fun.
      RomanM
      • 5 Months Ago
      120hp, what would 0-60 be like? 9sec?
      Revis Goodworth
      • 5 Months Ago
      The sit down casket gets a redesign and it will fit in the same size hole that the last one did when you put it in the ground. This is truly a green vehicle - die in it and be planted in it.
        Brian P
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth
        Typical haterade. The real-world safety record of these cars is reasonably good, and the new one ought to be better.
      marv.shocker
      • 5 Months Ago
      OHHHHH!!!! Be still my beating heart… Lame
      Bryan Rex
      • 5 Months Ago
      that is funny they spent time putting cammo on it LOLOLOLOLOLOL
      Charles
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why? upgrading the Smart(?) Car is like upgrading a (I can't think of any thing as useless). As far as Smart(?) cars go you can get better for less.
        Brian P
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Charles
        IF they get the calibration right ... A light, short, rear-drive car with good steering and suspension and a decent, but not overwhelming, amount of power ought to be very entertaining. The outgoing model had some serious designed-in limitations (transmission design, insufficient suspension travel) but this is a complete redesign and I am quite sure that M-B are well aware of the limitations and criticism of the old model. We know the drivetrain is all new, we know the suspension has more travel.
      jphyundai
      • 5 Months Ago
      Daimler once owned Chrysler. Now this is the best that they can come up with............Sad indeed
      phishburk
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nice rear drums.
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