Smart used this week’s 2016 Beijing Auto Show to roll out some Brabus-enhanced versions of its ForTwo and ForFour minicars.
We’re not talking about the simple appearance packages we saw earlier in the year—this time there’s more power plus some chassis mods.
Before you get too excited note that the upgrades are minimal. For the ForTwo Brabus, peak output from the turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine was dialed up to 109 horsepower, or 20 more than stock. It enables 0-62 mph acceleration in 9.5 seconds and a top speed of approximately 102 mph.
The extra power is thanks to higher fuel pressure as well as optimization of the intake and exhaust gases.
2017 Smart ForFour Brabus
Similar performance gains are to be had with the ForFour Brabus.
Along with the uprated powertrains, the Brabus-enhanced Smarts also receive 20 percent stiffer suspension, recalibrated stability control and steering systems, and faster response time and shorter-legged ratios for their transmissions. Finally, the cars come with Brabus wheels shod with Yokohama sports tires.
It’s not clear yet if the Smart ForTwo Brabus will be offered in the United States. And there's no chance the ForFour Brabus will make it over since the regular version of the four-door, four-seat Smart isn't sold here. In other markets the cars will be available this summer.
For more from the Beijing Auto Show, head to our dedicated hub.