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Model: smart Brabus

RRP: $39,900

as tested: $39,900

Distance 385kms

Road tester: Williamson

Date tested: 2006

Mercedes Benz has had a and fruitful relationship with the firm AMG, so much so in the late 1990s it took the in-house to become its performance arm the lines of BMW’s M division.

But AMG is not the company that has been and tuning Benz products. In the Brabus tag applied to a Mercedes is as common but here in Australia, AMG has the sole provider of performance cars.

But now Brabus has been let loose in Australia, not with a product but rather the small forfour. Of all the major European houses, Brabus is among the aggressive in terms of what it to a donor car. A Brabus vehicle is definitely no wallflower and the new forfour Brabus is no exception.


Based on the small 1.5-litre five-door hatch — itself shares much of its with the Mitsubishi Colt the baby Brabus is immediately Smart cars in general stand out on the road with bright funky and interchangeable panels, but Brabus has gone one further adding a full kit with a deeper front side skirts and big 17-inch

Inside, full leather seats, an array of sporty highlights and a big glass panoramic mark the car as something different to the and butter model. There is space up front and plenty of for the seat and steering column in a good driving position. In the the 60/40 split two-seat offers enough space for for short trips around although the space might be used for luggage, as the load in the rear is very small.

Under the bonnet the addition of a has boosted power for the 1.5-litre cylinder engine by a massive and torque by 85Nm to peak of 130kW and 230Nm.

With a weight of just 1090kg, claims the Brabus forfour is for a 0-100kmh sprint in just 6.9 and off the line the urge is reasonably and smooth. But take a closer at the figures that denote power at 6000rpm and maximum at 3500rpm and it is obvious that it is the upper half of the rev band the engine really gets to what it is made of. This is in the drive experience too with a turbo lag at lower revs.

car Smart Forfour

But using the slick and precise manual gearbox to keep the spinning over about there is a consistent feeling of with ample grunt for and confident overtaking or to really on hard on a challenging road. not a particularly flexible powerplant and if you drive it to extract its potential it’s not especially frugal Smart lists an official fuel consumption of 6.8l/100km but a week of mixed urban and driving, CarPoint managed a consumption of just 9.3l/100km.

On the freeway at 100kmh, the engine is over at a relatively high and for highway cruising, it feels as it could do with an extra top end to really settle down and fuel economy. The lack of cruise control also that you have to keep a eye on the speedo.

With big fat tyres, is also a fair bit of road on coarse surfaces and wind from around the mirrors was at highway speeds.

With a sports suspension, the ride is very firm but on the smooth it remains reasonably comfortable.

But on less than perfect the hard ride starts to irritating with the car crashing and its way over short sharp and road joints, adversely the ride comfort in the process physically and aurally. This was not by the very low profile Michelin — 225/35 ZR on the rear and ZR on the front — which offers plenty of grip, little to assist in ride

The payoff for the hard ride is solid and predictable handling. The car extremely flat on the road although it can get a bit jittery over roads — and the steering is direct and responsive. On dry roads, is an abundance of grip from the big and when it does intervene, the ESP and control are suitably subtle. Big pull the car up in quick and effective and there is good pedal

Given a Brabus makeover, the forfour has been lifted an altogether different realm but is plenty of hot hatch competition in the At $39,900, it is among the most and while the car works well pushed hard, the compromises for driving means there are all-round options.

Published. 24 July 2006

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