This little car had me baffled. It clearly said “Brabus” on its hind end, but I only knew Brabus as the most radical tuner of Mercedes-Benzes. Producers of insanely powerful versions of large Benz cars with outrageous aerodynamics (fender skirts!) and equally excessive price stickers.
You may be aware that Daimler AG, parent company of M-B also owns smart, the maker of the diminutive, smart “fortwo” coupe which is quite popular in Europe and made its way to our shores just a couple of years back.
Besides the fortwo, smart (all smart brand names are not capitalized except when grammatically required) makes, or has made, several other models for sale in Europe and Japan. (Including the ludicrously named forfour – a four door sedan.)
This tiny roadster is a smart car, and that makes it part of the Daimler family, and that makes it fair game for Brabus. From 2003 or 2004, Brabus smart roadsters and coupes were built in limited numbers until the demise of the standard smart roadster in 2005.
Built in the spirit of Triumph and MG, it looks like a blast to drive.
All words and images copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell