Smart ForTwo Cabrio transformed into Brabus Ultimate 125 Limited Edition

Article by Christian A., on March 6, 2017

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.

Press Release


Equally exclusive and dynamic city sports cars built in limited editions have a successful history at BRABUS. That is why there is now a new power two-seater from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet that is celebrating its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show 2017: The BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 is built based on the smart fortwo or the smart fortwo cabrio.

As the name indicates, this two-seater is a supercar with an output of 92 kW / 125 HP (123 bhp) and a top speed of 175 km/h (109 mph), built in a limited production run of just 125 consecutively numbered vehicles.

The BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 continues an equally long and successful tradition. It began in 2004 with the ULTIMATE 101, the first limited edition of the special models from BRABUS, which all sold out completely. The success story continued with the equally popular editions of the ULTIMATE 112, ULTIMATE R, ULTIMATE style and ULTIMATE 120.

The new BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 city sports car is the first vehicle in this line to be based on the new smart fortwo generation. The exclusive equipment ranges from the special paint finish tailored to customer preferences and the WIDESTAR widebody version with forged BRABUS Monoblock Y 18-inch wheels to the exclusive all-leather interior in any imaginable color.

The suggested retail prices for a BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 start at 49,980 euro for the Coupe and at 52,800 euro for the Cabriolet.

Vehicle 001/125 of the ULTIMATE 125 small series, which is on display at the Geneva Auto Show 2017, is an eye-catcher par excellence with its perfect Blu Glauco special paint finish, a bright turquois. Part of this effect comes of course courtesy of the thrilling BRABUS WIDESTAR bodywork. As the name indicates, it is a widebody version with flared fenders at the front and rear axle, which create space for 18-inch wheels at all four corners. The largest consequently possible tire/wheel combination is beyond unusual for a car of this category. The new BRABUS Monoblock Y wheels with nine spokes tapering off into the outer rim flange in the shape of a “Y” are fitted on the front axle in size 7Jx18 and shod with size 205/35 R 18 high-performance tires. Size 8Jx18 wheels with 235/30 R 18 tires at the rear put the power of the engine down on the asphalt with optimal efficiency. Weighing just 6.7 and 7.1 kilograms, respectively, the BRABUS Monoblock Y wheels for the ULTIMATE 125 are some of the lightest 18-inch wheels on the market worldwide. The show car in Geneva sports the wheels in the combination glossy black/polished on one side and a black painted variant with pin striping in Blu Glauco vehicle color on the other side of the vehicle.

The lowered BRABUS sport suspension is specifically tuned to the ultra-low-profile tires and the wider track. It combines direct and equally safe and agile handling with the desired ride quality.

The BRABUS designers round off the sporty appearance of the widebody version with a front spoiler, rocker panels and rear diffuser, all manufactured from PUR in OEM quality.

This prepares the ULTIMATE 125 perfectly for the powerful BRABUS three-cylinder turbo engine. The power plant with a displacement of 898 cc (54.8 cu in) is fitted in the BRABUS engine shop with a modified intake system, an even more efficient intercooler and a recalibrated engine control unit. In keeping with its name, the ultimate city sports car puts a peak output of 92 kW / 125 HP (123 bhp) at 5,550 rpm at the disposal of its driver. However, even more important for daily driving is the peak torque of 200 Nm (147 lb-ft), outstanding for a car of this category, and on tap at a low 2,000 rpm.

The gears of the BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 are shifted automatically or manually like in Formula 1 racing with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Reprogrammed transmission electronics shorten the shift times.

With a sprint time from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) of just 9.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 175 km/h (109 mph), the exclusive city sports car also sets benchmarks in its category in this discipline.

The dynamic driving experience is accompanied acoustically by the BRABUS stainless sport exhaust system, which was designed specifically for the new special model. The BRABUS ULTIMATE diffuser provides the perfect backdrop for the three center-exiting chromed tailpipes.

The ULTIMATE 125 also sports exquisite highlights in the cockpit. Large parts of the interior of the Cabriolet on display in Geneva are covered with especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather, which was precisely color-coordinated with the vehicle paintwork. This includes the seats and the center sections of the door panels. For contrast, parts of the interior such as the top of the dashboard were covered with black leather. The precise honeycomb quilting with pinpoint accuracy sports the same black color.

Details such as the instrument for rev counter and clock mounted on top of the dashboard, the vent surrounds, the instrument cluster surround, the turn signal and windscreen wiper stalks and the door handle recesses are also all painted in vehicle color. The BRABUS stainless pedals plus the aluminum shift knob and emergency brake lever add a touch of racing looks to the cockpit. Other exclusive features of this special model are the tailor-made scuff plates with BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 logo, illuminated in red or white like the stainless footrest in the driver footwell. Classy velour floor mats with BRABUS logo round off the exquisite ambience.

Climate control system, radio and navigation system are of course part of the standard equipment of the exclusive two-door car from Bottrop. The choice of colors for the bodywork to suit the vehicle owner’s preferences is just as endless at BRABUS as the choice of interior design and the color of the soft top.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class

BRABUS ULTIMATE 125 based on the smart fortwo: city 5.2 l/100 km, highway 4.1 l/100 km, combined: 4.5 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 102 g/km, efficiency class B.

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