A Brabus Smart isn't anything new – one that'll hit 62mph in 3.9 seconds is, though…
By Matt Bird / Tuesday, 25 April 2023 / Loading comments
Bringing together the Smart and Brabus badges is usually a guarantee of a lofty price tag. Remember the little Roadster of the mid-2000s? The Brabus version had a £16,995 price tag in 2004, or almost £29k in today’s money. For a 100hp car! It would only be reasonable, therefore, to expect the latest Brabus Smart, the #1, to cost a pretty penny, what with its 428hp potential.
Alas, it’s not the case. In the UK, the top-of-the-range #1, complete with 19-inch wheels, a Brabus body kit and Alcantara upholstery, will cost £43,450. With dual-motor all-wheel drive and 430lb ft alongside the headline horsepower output, Brabus claims a 0-62mph of 3.9 seconds. So it’s silly fast in best Brabus tradition. If the first reviews are to be believed, the #1 is also quite like an old Bottrop bruiser in having way more power than you’ll ever need – or the car really manage. But when an ID.3 Style kicks off at £42,560 with less than half the horsepower (204hp), the Smart does become quite hard to ignore. The WLTP range is 248 miles, and the 62kWh battery can accept 150kW, so half an hour at a super duper charger should get you from 10-80 per cent. One to try in the UK ASAP, for sure.
There are two more models offered to UK customers, both single-motor, rear-wheel drive variants. The Smart #1 Pro + costs £35,950 and comes heated seats, intelligent voice assistance and LED lights; the £38,950 Premium builds on that with upgraded Beats audio, a head-up display and automatic parking assist. It even adds a little to the 260-mile range of the Pro +, at 273 miles. Both produce 272hp, enough for a 6.7-second sprint to 62mph. There will also be a Premium-based Launch Edition, which costs £39,450 and combines ‘unique design traits and exclusive aesthetics’ – 100 will be available.
“For us at Brabus, partnering with smart feels completely natural, as we both keep on challenging the status quo to improve our brands and products further,” said Constantin Buschmann, CEO. “For the #1 we keep on pushing the envelope of our partnership to integrate the essence of Brabus into a very capable car and future-oriented mobility concept, that is accessible for a wide variety of people. We are very happy with the result and see the #1 as a more than worthy starting point for a new era of our great relationship with smart going forward.” Expect the cars on UK roads later this summer.
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