A high-performance version of the new Smart Fortwo was spotted testing without much camouflage. But just what will provide the grunt – and will the Brabus version finally make it to US showrooms?
Smart Fortwo Brabus
Those in the market for a city car with a bit of pep are undoubtedly pleased that Daimler has slotted a turbocharged three-cylinder engine into its new Smart Fortwo. But it's the only engine confirmed so far for US dealers, and with only 89 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque on tap, there's still room for improvement. Fortunately Daimler is considering just such a prospect.
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.
Could the United States be getting a performance version of the smart fortwo microcar? It sounds possible, as reports floating around on the web indicate that smart will be offering the BRABUS-tunes fortwo to reservation holders in the States who have yet to complete their car's configuration. It's possible that Americans will get the uprated 98-horsepower turbocharged inline three cylinder engine from the European market car, which would be a welcome power boost over the standard car's 70-horse