As some of you will know, the smart BRABUS GmbH was dissolved. This was legally necessary because the GmbH was a cooperation between Mercedes and smart. Both brands no longer exist legally today.
But that doesn't change the fact that the cooperation between smart and BRABUS will continue in the future. The two brands can look back very proudly on a shared history of more than 20 years and this will continue with the next smart.
Constantin Buschmann, CEO of BRABUS, said: "Over the past twenty years, smart and BRABUS have created an urban performance legend that has conquered countless performance car enthusiasts. We look to the all-electric future with confidence and expectation. We do too at BRABUS, we push the limits of innovation, striving for individuality, performance and driving pleasure, while at the same time pursuing a safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable development philosophy. BRABUS and smart share a common development philosophy, which makes us a perfect partner."
The smart BRABUS #1 stands on 19-inch sports rims and has numerous design elements that are typical of the luxury refiner BRABUS. Of course, this includes red brake calipers, a sporty bonnet and the lettering in black. In addition, of course, the red spoiler in front.
The interior is particularly noble
The first thing that catches the eye is the BRABUS "B" on the headrests. The dark interior lives from the exclusive BRABUS Black color scheme and red contrasts. The steering wheel is also covered with Alcantara and leather and glows red. In addition, the Brabus vehicles have a special sun visor.
The sports seats in the "colour black design" with red sports stitching, the Chinese write, and a seat belt, which increases driving pleasure, are also particularly attractive.
Furthermore, of course, no savings were made with the sporty elements and so there are also eye-catching pedals, a "BRABUS" lettering on the steering wheel and a red rear on the vehicle.
Performance specs not yet official, but already known
It has been discussed for some time that the smart BRABUS #1 will have a total of over 300 kW (> 400 hp). The first sources report 115 kW (200 Nm) on the front axle and the already known 200 kW (343 Nm) on the rear axle. That would be a total of 315 kW (543 Nm) and thus around 428 hp. With this powertrain, the smart SUV can sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds.
There are also reports that there will be a drift mode, among other things. In terms of price, the smart BRABUS #1 in China is said to be around $10,000 more expensive than the top-of-the-range smart #1.
smart China has announced that the full presentation of the smart BRABUS #1 will take place on August 26, 2022. Then probably also with the official performance and price information. It is not yet known when it will be launched in Europe. But it can't be there for long, since prototypes are already on the road in Europe. I've also seen it personally. It is also still unclear whether the vehicles visit Bottrop or already roll off the assembly line in China like that. Similar to what was done with the standard BRABUS in the last smart fortwo and forfour series.