Electric Smart car gets Brabus upgrade to become the 92R
The German tuning company will be building 50 examples of the electrified “pocket rocket”
Brabus has unveiled its newest creation, a limited-edition electric convertible city car based on the Smart EQ fortwo cabrio. The “urban supercar” as it's described by Brabus has a maximum range of 78 miles on a single charge and produces nearly 92bhp, hence the name. Driven flat out, it'll reach 81mph.
The 92R has four driving modes, including Eco and Sport+, which Brabus claims can be used to propel the 92R to 60mph in 10.9 seconds – one second faster than the Smart EQ it’s based on.
Although the 92R is based on a EQ fortwo cabrio, Brabus claims its modification are more than just cosmetic: “The BRABUS PowerXtra performance upgrade for the three-phase synchronous motor consists of a newly tuned torque control system, new modules for the driving dynamics switch and accelerator pedal, and a special gateway,” the company says.
Brabus has also tweaked the handling of the 92R, with the car now sitting on 16 and 17-inch alloys at the front and rear respectively. It has also been fitted with Brabus’ coilover sports suspensions, which has lowered the ride height by 2.5cm.
Beyond the 92R’s performance, Brabus has added its distinctive style to the exterior and interior of the car. Brabus’ design package for the 92R includes new front and rear bumpers, splitter and diffusers. Inside, much of the Smart EQ’s conveniences remain, but Brabus has added new leather seats and steering wheel.
There'll only be 50 Brabus 92Rs built, with prices starting at £34,000 before VAT. Sadly, after VAT the price in the UK would start at roughly £41,000, which means UK buyers wouldn't be eligible for the government’s plug-in grant. However, it remains unclear whether or not any of the 50 available 92Rs will be making their way over to the UK anytime soon.
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