Frankfurt Motor Show: Brabus Ultimate R based on Smart ForTwo

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

BRABUS is offering a special model based on the Smart Fortwo -- the BRABUS ULTIMATE R. It has a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine capable of delivering 112 hp (110 bhp) or 82.4 kW. It helps with the agility of this sports car much like the sports suspension with its 235/30 R 18 high-performance tires placed on the rear axle.

The exterior has a look that says racing and it has carbon fiber components and a special ‘gun metal' paint job. The sports seats use Alcantara; thus giving the necessary support for the driver and the passenger.

It is no surprise that the motto for this special model is “carbon fiber, racing looks, and power.” The ULTIMATE R has the racing look that matches its performance. As already mentioned, the tuned smart engine can produce 112 hp (110 bhp) or 82.4 kW of power at 5,750 rpm. In addition to the power, the torque is impressive as well with maximum torque at 150 Nm, or about 111 lb.-ft, from 3,300 rpm to 3,900 rpm.

Compared to other production cars, the ULTIMATE R has a transmission with shift times that are shorter. The gears meanwhile can be shifted automatically or even with the Formula One-type shift paddles located on the steering wheel. Speaking of the BRABUS sport steering wheel, it has an ergonomic shape with a diameter that measures 32 centimeters or around 12.6 inches. Acceleration from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) is possible in merely 3.9 seconds while it can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.5 seconds.

Maximum speed though has been electronically limited to around 170 km/h or around 106 mph. What optimizes the power output and gives this special model a sporty exhaust note are the sport stainless-steel exhaust system and its dual cast aluminum tailpipe.

It is clear that this two-seater has a look that can only be described as pure racing. Its special metallic paint is complemented by the clear-coated carbon-fiber. The use of advanced materials is also obvious and is evidenced by the front spoiler and its additional flaps, rear diffuser, the lower portion of its B-pillar, and the rocker panels. Since the fenders are wider, it gives enough space for a tire and wheel combination that has substantial dimensions.

On the front axle are the size 7Jx18 Monoblock VI BRABUS double-spoke wheels in black with the tires sized 205/35 R 18. The rear axle meanwhile have been equipped with the 8.5Jx18 wheels with tires that offer maximum traction and that are also sized 235/30 R 18. Since the height of its coil-over sport suspension can be adjusted, the ride height of the two-seater can be lowered by as much as 30 millimeters, around 1.2 inches.

The presence of gas-pressure shocks help with the agility and it even has safety reserves. Even the interior has a racing feel. The sport seats are contoured and since it has been upholstered with the nonslip grey Alcantara, it gives the driver and the passenger a lot of lateral support especially when the car is doing a fast turn on a corner. While the material used is evidently beautiful, it has been finished with shining red seams by the company’s upholsterers.

The same finish is seen on the two doors and its dashboard. Since carbon fiber has also been used, it gives this special model a sportier emphasis. State-of-the-art material was used on different features like the door handles, the turn-signal stalk, tachometer, speedometer, instrument bezels, and clock.

Complementing this material are the use of the pedals in stainless-less and the rubber pads. The emergency brake level and the aluminum shifter also add to this complement. Coming in as standard equipment is the radio, navigation system, and climate control system. The ULTIMATE R is being offered as a convertible and a coupe.

Press Release

The BRABUS ULTIMATE R Based on the smart fortwo

Carbon fiber, racing looks and power: That's the BRABUS motto for the special model BRABUS ULTIMATE R based on the smart fortwo. Its three-cylinder turbocharged engine produces 112 hp (110 bhp) / 82.4 kW and contributes to the ultimate city sports car's agility as does its sports suspension with high-performance tires up to size 235/30 R 18 on the rear axle. The racing-look exterior of the car features a special ‘gun metal' paint job and carbon fiber components. Sport seats upholstered with Alcantara provide firm support for driver and passenger.

The ULTIMATE R delivers the kind of performance that its racing looks promise: The tuned smart engine produces 112 hp (110 bhp) / 82.4 kW at 5,750 rpm. Just as impressive is the peak torque of 150 Nm (111 lb-ft), available on a plateau between 3,300 and 3,900 rpm. Shift times of the transmission in the BRABUS special model are shorter than in the production car. Gears can be shifted either automatically or with Formula One-type shift paddles on the ergonomically shaped BRABUS sport steering wheel with a diameter of just 32 centimeters (12.6 inches).

The performance figures of the little speedster promise tons of driving fun: The ULTIMATE R zooms from rest to 60 km/h (37 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) after just 9.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 170 km/h (106 mph).

The stainless-steel BRABUS sport exhaust system with dual cast aluminum tailpipe optimizes power yield and gives the two-seater a very sporty exhaust note.

The appearance of the two-seater can best be described as unadulterated racing looks. Clear-coated carbon-fiber is a striking complement to the special metallic paint. The high-tech material can be found on the lower part of the B-pillar, the front spoiler with its additional flaps, on the rocker panels and the rear diffuser.

Wider fenders offer space for a tire/wheel combination that must be considered generously dimensioned for a smart. Black-painted BRABUS Monoblock VI double-spoke wheels are mounted on the front axle in size 7Jx18 with size 205/35 R 18 high-performance tires. On the rear axle size 8.5Jx18 wheels with size 235/30 R 18 tires provide maximum traction.

The height-adjustable BRABUS coil-over sport suspension lowers the ride height of the ULTIMATE R by some 30 millimeters (1.2 inches). Firmer gas-pressure shocks further contribute to the car's agile handling with great safety reserves.

The interior of the high-end subcompact car also exudes racing ambiance. Strongly contoured sport seats upholstered with nonslip grey Alcantara provide plenty lateral support during fast cornering. The beautiful material is delicately finished by the BRABUS upholsterers with shining red seams and can also be found on the dashboard and both doors.

Carbon fiber applications add further sporty highlights. The high-tech material is used on the speedometer, tach, clock, instrument bezels, turn-signal stalk and door handles. Stainless-steel pedals with rubber pads and aluminum shifter and emergency brake lever are the perfect complements.

A climate control system, radio and navigation system are also part of the two-seater's standard equipment. The ULTIMATE R is available as a coupe and as a convertible.

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