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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Entry Premium
Production years: 2003

smart introduced a special version of its Roadster Coupe version made in cooperation with Brabus and built only 50 of them.

Brabus made a fortune reshaping and rebuilding Mercedes-Benz cars, and the German carmaker asked the Swiss manufacturer to work its magic on the tiny little Roadster Coupe. The model was appealing in terms of looks, but it was sluggish in terms of performance. Brabus tried to fix that but went a little bit more than just upgrading the engine.

The carmaker already had a package offered as an option for several smart models, but with this little roadster coupe version, it dared even more. Thus, the car received a new front bumper, side sills, and rear apron. A set of six double-spoke, 17” light-alloy wheels fitted with wider tires than the non-Brabus version completed the sporty image of the car. At the back, a center-mounted dual-exhaust warned the bystanders that it was not a regular Roadster Coupe.

Inside the tiny cabin, fit for two, there was not too much to do. Yet, the Swiss manufacturer found a way to enhance that cabin, too, with the addition of new sports seats and a few Alcantara bits and pieces. Moreover, Brabus adorned the steering wheel and the gear knob with its badge. The latter also served as a start-engine button.

Under the hood, the car featured a modified version of the 0.7-liter, inline-three engine. Dubbed RCR SB2, this tiny turbocharged heart sent 101 PS (99 hp) to the rear wheels via the same six-speed automatic transmission. A gearbox that was way too slow for spirited driving, either in automatic or manual mode.

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SMART Roadster Coupe Brabus 2003
  1 gasoline engine
  • 0.7L 6AT (101 HP)
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SMART Roadster Coupe Brabus 0.7L 6AT (101 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  0.7L 6AT (101 HP)
Cylinders
L3
Displacement
698 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 5250 RPM
101 HP @ 5250 RPM
99 BHP @ 5250 RPM
Torque
96 lb-ft @ 2500-4500 RPM
130 Nm @ 2500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
121 mph (195 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/40 R17(front) - 225/35 R17(rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
134.9 in (3426 mm)
Width
63.6 in (1615 mm)
Height
47.5 in (1207 mm)
Front/rear Track
53.4/54.8 in (1,356/1,392 mm)
Wheelbase
92.9 in (2360 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
8.8 cuFT (249 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
1878 lbs (852 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2271 lbs (1030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Highway
52.3 mpg US (4.5 L/100Km)
Combined
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
122 g/km
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