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Brabus Unveils Smart Concept At Essen Motor Show
Posted on November 25, 2005 at 7:30 PM CST

Brabus smart forfour concept front view exterior

I'm pleased to anounce that I've finally awoken from my turkey-induced coma, and am suffering only a few lingering effects from my wanton gluttony.

As you all know, yesterday was Thanksgiving, but as you also know, DaimlerChrysler never sleeps.  While I was feasting on grossly over-portioned amounts of turkey and stuffing, DaimlerChrysler was hard at work releasing details of a Brabus concept car, designed to show the true potential of the smart forfour.

The Brabus smart car features, among other things, a 210 horsepower engine capable of producing speeds in upwards of 146 mph, a new differential lock for the transmission, and a racing brake system that completely fills the car's 17 inch rims.

But this is a concept people, so you know they had to take it a step further.  In addition to the power enhancements, the Brabus smart forfour concept features a wealth of exterior enhancements, including roof wings in the rear and a new front spoiler to provide negative lift; aluminum-look paint work; and an aluminum underbody shield and rear diffuser.

OK I know what you're thinking: "Brabus is getting closer to a true concept vehicle, but what would push the smart over the top?"  Like all true 210 horsepower go-karts, Brabus rounded off the forfour concept with a roll cage, five-point belt system, and to add a touch of class, Alcantara trim on the instrument panel and center console.

All right, so maybe it's not the most exciting concept you've ever seen.  But come on, you have to admit it'll fit perfectly in your 16 year-old daughter's stocking this Christmas.

For more info, you can check out a ton of photos and the full press release below.

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE


World premiere at the Essen Motor Show 2005: BRABUS concept car development shows the potential of the smart forfour

Böblingen, Nov 24, 2005

A smart forfour with racing seat belts and a roll cage is sure to pull the crowds to the smart-BRABUS stand in hall 11 at the Essen Motor Show (25 November until 4 December 2005). The concept car serves as a technology demonstrator and will be presented to the public for the first time in Essen.
Findings from the development of concept cars such as this are regularly incorporated into the series production. This does not mean that a racing version of the smart forfour is soon to be launched on the market, however it ensures that all features found in the production cars have been thoroughly tested and proven.

The first smart with more than 200 bhp

The smart forfour concept car has a turbo engine delivering approximately 154 kW (210 bhp). The maximum torque exceeds 300 Newton metres and the vehicle achieves a maximum speed of more than 235 kilometres per hour. For purposes of comparison: the extremely powerful engine of the smart forfour BRABUS has 130 kW (177 bhp) and torque of up to 230 Newton metres.
To ensure optimal conversion of the engine power to traction for a car with this engine output, the smart-BRABUS developers have fitted the transmission with a differential lock. The concept car furthermore has a racing brake system that is served by a new master brake cylinder and completely fills the 17 inch rims.

The sporty character is apparent at first glance

In addition to corresponding changes to the chassis and suspension, the concept car also differs from the smart forfour BRABUS in terms of appearance. The roof wings on the rear and the front spoiler provide enhanced negative lift. The aluminium-look paintwork has a high gloss finish. The sporty character is underlined by body styling parts and rims in a carbon design. The entire underbody shield including rear diffuser is made of aluminium. The air supply for the charge air cooler on the bonnet is a further striking feature.

In addition to the roll cage and racing seats with a five-point belt system, further changes have been made to the interior. There is no rear seat bench or interior trim as comfort is not of primary importance in this car. The Alcantara trim on the instrument panel and centre console is an exception to this. Further changes include the instrument cluster with white back lighting and changed needles and dials.

Copyright © 2005, DaimlerChrysler AG

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