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Smart #1 by Brabus Debuts With Extra Chicness

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Between turning many high-end machines (mostly Mercedes cars) into works of art, Brabus found the time to add another model to its portfolio: the smart #1.
The electric crossover has been in production in China since 2022, and it just made its way under Brabus' roof. The famous tuner gave it a few aftermarket touches on the outside, in the cockpit, and beneath the skin.

The smart #1 benefits from a few add-ons in the looks department. These include the new front spoiler with two winglets, attachments for the side air intakes, a rear spoiler, and a rear apron insert. Brabus says these components reduce lift at the front axle at high speeds and improve the aerodynamic balance, so they're more than the typical show-and-tell features.

A modest refinement program is also available for the zero-emission crossover's interior. Here, the tuner mentions things such as scuff plates boasting Brabus backlit logos, a set of aluminum pedals, special mats for the floor and trunk with red embroidery and the tuner's emblem, and piping and decorative seams, said to further enhance the car's sporty spirit.

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Remember when we mentioned the beneath-the-skin upgrades? Well, Brabus' #1 packs two electric motors, one on each axle, and enjoys a combined output of 422 horsepower (428 ps/315 kW) and 400 pound-foot (542 Nm) of torque. That's a healthy 148 hp (150 ps/110 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque boost over the Premium flavor of the car. The tuner claims its build has a 110 mph (180 kph) top speed and does 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 3.9 seconds.

Brabus released these numbers late last year when we had our first look at its tuned smart #1. It's worth noting that the company does not mention the output, thrust, top speed, or acceleration time of its latest take on this model, mentioning the lowering springs as the sole 'oily' upgrade and reminding its fans that they bring the car's body by 35 mm (1.4 inches) closer to the ground.

The smart #1 Brabus rides on 19-inch Monoblock Z light alloy wheels with EC tire approval. Customers looking for a bumpier ride can opt for the 21-inch Platinum Edition alloys, with their ten-spoke design and high-tech CNC machining, which are also available for this build and fill the arches nicely with the lowering springs installed.

Brabus hasn't said anything about the Benjamins of its latest project. However, we reckon we will soon find this modified smart #1 listed for grabs on the tuner's official website, likely with a steep asking price attached to it. So, if you owned a smart #1 and had the desire to make it more stylish, would you opt for Brabus' goodies mentioned above?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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