Introducing a Smart ForTwo Cabrio tuned by high-performance Germany-based aftermarket specialist Brabus. Of course, this version is more powerful, quicker and faster than a typical model of the famed city car, and it is called the new Brabus Ultimate 125 Limited Edition.
As a city car, the Smart ForTwo Cabrio serves its purpose – a mobile unit that is small enough to navigate through busy streets and breeze through parking spaces and tight turns. Moreover, it is also large enough to comfortably accommodate two passengers.
Because of its intended usage as well as size, Smart has seen to it that it the Smart ForTwo Cabrio should be powered by a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine or a more powerful 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged unit. The turbocharged version is tuned to deliver a max power output of 66 kilowatts (90 horsepower) at 5,500 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 135 Newton-meters available at 2,500. Sent to the rear wheels through a twinamic dual clutch transmission (six speeds), this amount of power output and torque is good enough to send the Smart ForTwo Cabrio accelerating from nil to 100 kilometers per hour in around 11.7 seconds and reaching a max speed of 100 km/h.
But at Brabus, it thought it could do more justice for this sleek and small Smart ForTwo Cabrio by making it more powerful – transforming it into the new Brabus Ultimate 125. With that in mind, Brabus took the 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged powerplant to its engine shop and installed a modified intake system and a more efficient intercooler. To squeeze more power output and torque from this small engine, Brabus also remapped its engine control unit (ECU). These tweaks on the engine resulted to significant boost in max power output to 125 PS (92 kW or 123 hp) at 5,550 rpm.
In addition, this tweaked 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine is now able to deliver more peak torque at 200 Nm (147 lb.-ft.), which is available at low engine speeds at 2,000 rpm. To demonstrate the amount of boost, the new Brabus Ultimate 125 could accelerate from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.2 seconds and reach an electronically governed top speed of 175 km/h (109 mph). Gear shifting could be done automatically or manually, and the Brabus Ultimate 125 features paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
This limited edition – of which 125 examples would be built – features the Brabus Widestar bodywork with flared fenders at the front and rear axle. It rides on new nine-spoke Brabus Monoblock Y wheels as wrapped in high-performance tires.
The first example of the Brabus Ultimate 125 (001/125) – to be shown at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show – is wrapped in the Blu Glauco special paint finish.