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Second-generation Smart gets attitude – at a price

By Jethro

November 2007

Snap is the Brabus Smart a car you should the time to learn about? Is it a car for or fashion victims? Well, you made that decision in when the first ‘450’ internal code name for the Smart city car) big Brabus wheels and more for its three-cylinder engine was launched.

But the isn’t as clear cut as you might Why? Well, the new ‘451’ Smart is a car of contradictions. It’s rear-drive and has a pukka paddleshift gearbox.

It weighs just and has a perky 97bhp, meaning a ratio superior to that of like the Panda 100HP.

But at the same time the Fortwo is too short and too tall to be a real car. In fact, driving were clearly sacrificed at the of urban functionality, and a tweaked bigger rubber and bodywork over a wider track disguise that the Smart is for roads with 30mph limits.

Let’s not condemn it yet, though. The new Smart has had a of revisions and it’d be nice to that driving thrills can be without a guilty conscience and a left in tatters. The most change is an increase in engine from 698 to 999cc, but the new Fortwo is slightly bigger – 195mm overall, 55mm of which within the wheelbase.

It’s still a tiny and light car, though, the Brabus version can reach in 9.9sec before going on to hit its limiter.

But it comes at a price. to be precise. And if you want the Cabrio figure rises to £15,470.

In simple terms the Brabus is outclassed by conventional performance at similar money. It’s not as in a straight line, less under braking, has less grip and doesn’t flow a road as convincingly as any of its price A Mini Cooper would run around it.

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Yet somehow you just can’t enjoying yourself in the Brabus. The feels almost a bit too much for the and under full load a of gases blasts out of the twin The new five-speed ’box is quicker the six-speeder of the old car, too, and the is satisfyingly obedient, even if it you adopt a strange technique if you to smooth downchanges – you don’t the downshift paddle and simultaneously heel to throttle to deliver a flare of revs, instead you hit the first and then deliberately the blip to account for the lag in the gearbox

An odd quirk that seems natural in such an odd, car.


The chassis is pretty stiff and the wheelbase means you feel lump and bump; on Yorkshire’s roads the Brabus’s pace is by the quality of the surface. Try too hard and simply thrown off line. the standard-fit (non-switchable) ESP tidies up without too much drama.

The ESP is busy, too: the torquey engine even has the yellow flashing in a straight line in gear, and as soon as any understeer (which it does pretty power is killed instantly. The Smart needs to be driven and always within the limits of its front tyres if you’re to ESP intervention and clumsy, jerky

All Smarts have non-assisted as standard, although you can specify assistance for £200. Don’t. The set-up is heavyish at very low but is otherwise excellent, helping you to correct deviations from or crosswinds.

The Brabus certainly has grip and more attitude lesser Smarts, but its bigger and stiffer suspension mean also less fluid on roads. It’s still fun flicking up and down the ’box, the perfect turn-in speed and bringing in that vocal at the apex, but I can’t help that with a Smart really is more. At £13,520 hard to take the Brabus But then I don’t suppose really meant to…

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