Earlier this year we saw the debut of the new Smart #1, and now there's a performance-focused version of the Brabus. Smart (jointly owned by Daimler and Geely) and Mercedes-tuner Brabus have a long relationship.
This is not the first time Brabus has been working on an all-electric car, the company recently improved the aerodynamic performance of the Mercedes EQS. Now Brabus has turned its attention to the #1 Smart small SUV, improving performance and adding more exclusivity and appeal.
Based on the Geely SEA platform, Brabus #1 has two electric motors - one for each axle - providing all-wheel drive and a total output of 422 hp. Styling changes include a deeper and more aggressive front bumper and narrower hood vents. The electric car received 19-inch alloy wheels and red design details that contrast with the matte gray body of the car.
There's plenty of leather and microfibre inside to add a more racing look, plus red details for the stitching, headrests and LED lighting, as well as a three-spoke steering wheel from Brabus. The electric car retains the regular model's 10-inch digital instrument cluster and 12.8-inch infotainment system.
While there's no word on chassis changes (Smart claims a 50:50 weight distribution), there's a choice of Eco, Comfort, Sport and Brabus driving modes. It will also include a special enhanced soundtrack.
The hottest Smart #1 in the lineup retains a 66 kWh regular car battery for a claimed 310 miles range on the Chinese CLTC cycle, but due to the increased performance of the Brabus version, the claimed range is expected to drop to 273 miles on the European WLTP cycle. Charging power remains at 150kW, so a 10-80% recharge takes less than 30 minutes.