Brabus 125R converts Smart ForTwo cabrio into racy city car

Brabus, well-known for turning already fiery AMG vehicles into outright fire-breathers, has turned its head to Daimler’s smallest car, the Smart ForTwo, with the announcement of the 125R pack.

The 125R is aptly nicknamed the pocket rocket and was created in part to celebrate Brabus’ 15th anniversary, and as is tradition with special edition models, the tuning upgrade conversion will be limited to a total of 125 units. It’s far more than a cosmetic upgrade, as seen on the Brabus Sport Package for the Smart ForTwo, though.

The limited edition Brabus 125R Smart ForTwo features an upgraded powertrain which brings power from the standard turbocharged 0.9-litre engine up from 66kW/135Nm to an impressive 92kW/200Nm. The little cabrio’s 0-100km/h time stands at 9.2 seconds, with a top speed now electronically-capped at 175km/h.

Power upgrades were made possible by the addition of a new intake system, recalibrated ECU, a more efficient intercooler, as well as a stainless-steel Brabus sport exhaust system with three central exhaust pipes at the rear.

Underneath, the 125R sits 30mm lower than a standard Smart ForTwo with upgrades to the springs for extra support through the corners. It also rides on 16-inch front and 17-inch rear Brabus monoblock IX alloy wheels, finished in gloss-black and wrapped in Yokohama high-performance rubber.

On the exterior, there’s a new aero enhancement kit from Brabus which adds a contrasting front spoiler, side skirts and surround for the tri-exhausts. There’s also carbon design covers for the side mirrors and brake lights.

Two colour options will be available, with those interested in the Brabus 125R given the option of a matt titanium or glossy black exterior finish. Depending which colour is optioned, a set of either red or black contrasting body parts are added for a more aggressive aesthetic.

Inside, the Brabus 125R gets special touches like Mastik leather upholstery with diamond stitching, 125R logos on the seatbacks, embroidered Brabus logos and some contrasting double-stitching around the cabin.

Other features unique to the 125R are tailor-made scuff plates with a Brabus logo, aluminium pedals, anodised paddle shifts and parking brake lever, and well as branded velour floor mats. Prices will start from 39,990 euros (about AU$62,000 after a straight conversion), which includes 19 per cent VAT.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.

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