2005 smart forfour BRABUS review | Car Reviews | by Car Enthusiast

23 мая 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »
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Think smart; think think cute; think think economical. Think The smart forfour BRABUS with a 177bhp turbocharged engine and seats four. not small, cute, cuddly or welcome to the anti-smart.

First first: it’s smart, not it’s forfour, not Forfour, or ForFour, and it’s most BRABUS not Brabus or brabus. last bit is important, the BRABUS to the anti-smart is fully deserving of letters. Big, large

Your normal cooking forfour comes with a of 1.1, 1.3 and 1.5-litre petrol developing 75, 95 and 109bhp respectively, or a of 1.5-litre diesel engines either 68 or 95bhp. Not exactly options. The smart forfour on the other hand raises the stakes all the way to 177bhp from definitely capital letter The price is also deserving of letter status, the cooking forfour ranges from to Ј12,130, where as the BRABUS weighs in at a much heftier

To be fair, the engine far from up all the difference in price. The kit count on the forfour BRABUS is high, leather seats, extra trim and those gorgeous very vulnerable) BRABUS VI alloy wheels also as standard. All in all, the smart BRABUS passes a very test — it looks and like a Ј17,000 motor

Needless to say, this car is dominated by the engine. As turbocharger go, it’s a very impressive In common with most engines, the maximum power of is achieved at reasonable revs, in case at 6000rpm. Although torque of 170lb.ft is achieved at the usability of this engine can be by the fact that at least 90% of figure is available from as low as all the way through to 6100rpm: a remarkable of torque. This is borne out on the as well: accelerating even in gear, positive surge can be from around 2300rpm, and by the driver is left in no doubt the car is pulling hard. This that fifth gear can be as an only gear most of the out of town, still allowing progress and safe overtaking If you really want to make then stirring the gear around a bit can shoot the smart BRABUS from 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds, right up with the of hot hatchbacks, yet from a car physically than a Ford Fiesta ST.

All power comes at a price; make that two prices, and they are both easily The official combined fuel figure for the smart forfour is 41.5mpg. This is a little believable than the official fuel economy figure of a figure that would be on impossible to achieve in real urban running. Using the fit trip computer as a guide, fuel consumption seemed to be without behaving like a A quick blast of full saw average figures markedly Even flooring the throttle on the after a long bout of cruising has a noticeable effect. The I managed as an average over a motorway run was 38mpg, so maybe is possible now and again, but budget for a lot and you won’t be far out, more 20mpg if you live and drive in


The second price to pay comes as a of channelling all that 177bhp the front wheels. It can be done; it’s the smart forfour light weight (only playing against it, but in this the smart forfour BRABUS is old school. Torque steer is the of the game, make that STEER, and it’s a game the forfour BRABUS will any time the front wheels are not straight ahead and full is unleashed. It goes without that pulling out of junctions in a can get exciting, but basically ANY time the are not pointing straight, the smart BRABUS wants to dive A regular route for me is a one-way, uphill road that left-right-left-etc for about half a It’s a good test to clip each apex, but the forfour BRABUS fought me all the up to the So the chassis is a little unruly.

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That’s a shame, because levels are high as you would Those gorgeous wheels front and 8×17 rear) 205/40 R17 and 225/35 R17 tyres in size for the weight of the car) and the smart forfour BRABUS prodigious grip. So much so, I’d been driving for four or five days realising I’d not seen the control light so much as I started to wonder if indeed it was although given the old 54bhp fortwo has standard traction it would have seemed an omission. One dumped clutch and it was plain the traction control was and working fine, it just seem to be needed as often as on front wheel drive in the dry in any case. Which is just as as it can’t be switched off.

The smart forfour BRABUS is a pleasant drive though, the power steering is nicely the gear shift in the five-speed snicks nicely from to gear with no hint of and despite producing nigh on there is no discernible turbo lag north of 2500rpm. The feel factor extends to the inside of the car as The BRABUS part of the name with it a more dressed up that makes this look like a Ј17,000 car its size. Bespoke BRABUS handbrake sleeve and gearknob all the prestige but sporty image, the wheel with controls for the and trip computer display and feels just right. is a full compliment of kit as well: the forfour BRABUS comes leather seats (heated of and leather door trims, and a full length glass over and above the usual kit to the lesser (but still equipped) smart forfour There is climate control of and the trip computer provides an ice system when the outside drops below 3 degrees.

the smart forfour BRABUS is an spot because of the body made up of a deep front and side skirts, those alloy wheels and the BRABUS exit exhaust. Oh, and the fact it usually be seen disappearing the distance!

All in all, the smart forfour is an interesting alternative to the mainstream hot A trip to Lotus Engineering to the chassis would make it blinding, but it’s entertaining as it is. The ride is firm but not too firm, and steer aside, the smart BRABUS behaves well, little understeer up to a very limit along with body roll. In the sub-zero that made up most of our period, it always felt when others were more steadily.

So what we like? Not much really. The come in for the biggest criticism; are quite simply the very set of lights I’ve ever had the to sit behind in a new car. That’s on beam; main beam was better, but far from satisfactory on a car, let alone something this car’s performance. that, the gripes are quite The smartification extends to two small sitting atop the dashboard little bug-eyes, just on the fortwo model, but here are smaller, further away, and as just double up on functionality (clock and water temperature), honestly they are useless as are difficult to read. The electric switches are nigh on impossible to without taking your off the road — they are down either side of the but then some way back This is compounded if the reversible cupholder is used as an armrest, as it blocks access to the switches. And the is miniscule! It looks smaller that on the smart fortwo, a lot of space can be gained by folding part or all of the rear seat. In the smart forfour BRABUS has to be a success both as an extension to the range, and as a very quick and small hatchback in its own right.

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