A year after the launch of Smart in the USA, North Americans finally receive the 'sporty Smart' - the 2009 Smart ForTwo Brabus.
Built as a partnership between Smart and Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus, the tricked-out micro car - a staple of the European Smart portfolio for years - will now be offered to Americans. According to Dave Schembri, president of Smart USA, the Brabus model offers customers "new areas of customization and personalization." Positioned as the top ForTwo model, the Brabus ForTwo adds a host of styling tweaks to help improve the car's appearance. The car, which is 10 millimeters lower than a normal ForTwo, rides on 15-inch front and 17-inch rear alloy wheels, wears unique bumper skins and side skirts, and a monochromatic paint scheme. We'd hoped Brabus would work some magic underhood, but that sadly doesn't seem to be the case. The Brabus ForTwo uses the same 70-hp three-cylinder and five-speed semi-automatic transmission. A power boost would be nice, but this car really needs a proper manual transmission... Brabus models will be offered as both coupes and convertibles, which carry base prices of $17,990 and $20,990, respectively. Customers currently on Smart's waiting list can upgrade their reservation to a Brabus, while those who already own vehicles can buy Brabus parts and accessories through their local Smart dealer.