By: IOL Motoring Staff
Johannesburg - When Brabus waves its tuning wand over any standard car, you get more than just a power upgrade. You get a whole lot more attitude as well. And that certainly seems to be the case with the new Smart Brabus models, announced this week for release in South Africa in December 2016.
These are not only the most powerful standard Smarts yet offered to the public, with their 898cc turbopetrol three tweaked to deliver 80kW at 5750 revs and 170Nm at 2000rpm.
Their dual-clutch transmission has also been uprated with 40 percent quicker response times, shorter ratios for hotter acceleration and a new a Race Start function. The power steering has been recalibrated, suspension rates are 20 percent firmer, backed by a nine percent stiffer front anti-roll bar, and the electronic stability programme has been remapped to suit.
That's good enough to take the Smart Brabus Fortwo from 0-100km/h in 9.5 seconds, and push the Smart Brabus Forfour up to 180km/h.