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By Dan Trent
14 April 2008 09:30
You’ll know Brabus as a manufacturer of bonkers horsepower mega Mercs. But the tuner is also the official in-house performance partner for Smart and has been turning its expertise to the diminutive Fortwo and dearly departed Roadster for some years.
Official status hasn’t reined in the instinct for going a bit bonkers every now and then though. First there was the V6 biturbo Roadster Coupe. And now we have the lairiest, most in your face Fortwo ever seen: the Ultimate 112.
The 112 derives from the pferdstärke power output Brabus has managed to tickle from the familiar 999cc triple. And the Ultimate bit? Well, Brabus would argue that derives from the fact that this car wears a unique bodykit, 18-inch wheels, ice white paint and has a bespoke interior. However we can’t take our eyes off the €45,900 pricetag…
Yup, at current exchange rate that works out at over £36K. Or more than double the cost of the production Brabus Smart Fortwo. Or, to put it another way, £1500 per horsepower gained. But of course that is an attempt to rationalise a luxury product using conventional parameters.
And Brabus buyers aren't a rational bunch. These are, after all, people who reckon 720bhp is a sensible amount of power for a CLS. Or that G-Wagens aren’t complete without a V12 biturbo engine conversion and full multi-media fit. In this context Brabus bills the Ultimate 112 as a companion piece to tuned SLRs and suchlike. And you’re unlikely to see an Ultimate 112 towed behind a Brabus’d Maybach, motorhome style, but if you asked nicely something could probably be arranged.
Brabus can prepare your Ultimate 112 in the colour of your choosing, one customer apparently having the exterior paint and leather matched to his SLR and another choosing NATO-spec olive drab. Brabus has even built a Polizei version with blue lights to promote a German road safety initiative.
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For starters, wasn't the Sfart originally given skinny front tyres to limit cornering ability and stop the centripetal force of everything above the wheels from flinging the *car* out of a corner in a barrel roll? Anyway, I've already had loads of idiots in Smarts sitting on on my backside on their rev limiters on the motorways in Italy - very intimidating I must say, it's like having your ankles attacked by a toothless puppy.
22 April 2008 08:20
I should have reserved comment until I had completed reading the article lol. I suppose its not as bad as I thought, and it really does sound like Brabus put in some decent effort into the interior, and exterior, as well as engine upgrades. Cheers Brabus!
15 April 2008 09:20
I had been perusing the Brabus website, and had been wondering on pricing on the upgrades on the Brabus Smart... now I know. *cries*
If conversion to Canadian dollars is accurate... I could purchase a Lotus Elise or even an Exige for this amount.
However... seeing as Smart is the only micro-car I know of currently available in North America. I suppose Brabus just created the market for a Premium Micro-car now in our area of the globe.
15 April 2008 09:11
The Caterham costs 995 pounds more than this. Can you believe it! The cheek of the buggers! And that design is almost 50 years old. Definitely the choice of the discerning enthusiast this one. Well done Brabus.
15 April 2008 07:31
CAR is that £36,000 for the Brabus or just a typo, £3,600 for the Brabus makeover on top of a Smart? If it's the former can you tell Brabus your article was 14 days after April Fools day!
14 April 2008 18:59
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