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.