Smart has just lifted the veil on its #1 electric car in the high-performance Brabus version. And the least we can say is that the technical sheet gives pride of place to power.
The compact SUV, even city-dweller, Smart #1 was unveiled last April with a brand new platform. Two weeks ago, the German firm lifted the veil on the design of the Smart #1 Brabus, a high-performance version. And it is today, on the occasion of the Chinese show in Chengdu that the technical sheet was unveiled.
All-wheel drive and 422 horsepower
The classic Smart #1 is already very powerful, with its 268 hp sent to the rear wheels via its single engine. The Brabus version goes much further, with two motors, which makes it an all-wheel drive and no longer a rear-wheel drive. In total, these are 422 hp (345 kW) of power and a torque of 543 Nm which are transmitted to the four-wheel drive.
The maximum speed is 180 km/h while the 0 to 100 km/h is shot in 3.9 seconds. It’s twice as fast as the classic Smart #1. As for autonomy, it is announced at 500 km on the Chinese CLTC cycle, which is more optimistic than our WLTP cycle. The battery capacity does not move, with 66 kWh.
For comparison, the classic Smart #1 is given for 535 to 560 km of CLTC autonomy against 440 km according to the WLTC cycle. We must therefore rely on a WLTP autonomy close to 400 km for the Brabus version.
A sportier design
For the rest, the Smart #1 Brabus takes up the design of its little sister, but with sporty elements such as the addition of small slots at the end of the bonnet, while the roof is painted red, like the mirror caps. A roof spoiler is now present, as are 19-inch rims with red brake calipers. Smart also made the interior sportier, with suedecloth seats and an Alcantara steering wheel.
Price and availability of the Smart #1 Brabus
The Smart #1 Brabus will be sold in China between 279,000 and 285,000 yuan (around 41,000 euros) with the first deliveries expected by the end of the year. Smart’s electric car is built in China, which is why the country is served first. Nothing has yet been formalized, but it is very likely that this Smart #1 Brabus will also be marketed in Europe and France in a second time.
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