After transforming many Smart Fortwos, Brabus decided that the time had come to launch the new limited edition Brabus 92R. The idea is still the same, but everything is taken to the extreme this time around.
Brabus will only build 50 examples of the new 92R, with prices starting from 46,284 euros. German customers benefit from a subsidy for the purchase of an electric vehicle of 9,000 euros, lowering the price of this new creation signed Brabus to 37,284 euros. This is more digestible even if it is still very high for a car that offers only two seats, but not the performance of a Ferrari or other sports coupe of its kind. The new Brabus 92R is based on a Smart EQ Fortwo Cabriolet but it comes with a more powerful electric motor. It should develop 92 horsepower and 180 Nm of torque, an increase of 10 horsepower and 20 Nm compared to the original model.
The numbers might not be that impressive, but the Brabus 92R isn’t a big car either. We imagine that it is therefore capable of easily reaching its maximum speed, electronically limited to 130 km / h, in particular thanks to the maximum torque available instantly, as with all 100% electric cars. Moreover, Brabus must be one of the first tuning companies to be able to extract more power from an electric powertrain. The company’s engineers, technicians and programmers have developed a performance upgrade system named “PowerXtra” for the synchronous motor. It is in fact a reprogramming of the cartography and new specific modules.
Usual Brabus treatment?
Inside you’ll find what Brabus calls the ‘Driving Pleasure Switch’, which you allows you to switch between four different driving modes: Basic, Eco, Sport and Sport +. The former leaves the powertrain in its original specs, while Eco offers increased energy recovery when you release the accelerator pedal. This mode has been worked on so that the energy recovery is even more efficient than on the standard Smart EQ. “Sport” mode improves throttle and engine responsiveness while energy recovery returns to factory settings.
To access the 92 horsepower of the powerful Brabus 92R, you must activate the “Sport +” driving mode. When engaged, the 0 to 100 km / h is shot in 10.9 seconds but the range decreases to 125 km. Brabus also added coil-spring suspension, as well as gloss black Monoblock IX alloy wheels that measure 16 inches up front and 17 inches in the rear. A full body kit also enhances the look of the small city car for a more athletic appearance. Customers can of course opt for special paint finishes and additional interior upgrades, but it all comes at a cost and that can quickly blow up the already steep final bill.