Smart BRABUS GmbH celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017. To mark this special occasion, the company developed a club sport version of the current smart fortwo for the racetrack. Not only did the Mercedes-Benz works race drivers have great fun with the sportiest smart fortwo variant of all times on the rollercoaster circuit of the German test track Bilster Berg, but so did representatives of international media outlets as well.
The dynamic two-seater had earned its moniker after just a few laps: “Pocket Rocket,” as an homage to the most powerful and fastest BRABUS supercars. Ever since the BRABUS ROCKET based on the Mercedes CLS-Class (C 219) set a new world record for street-legal sedans in 2006 with a top speed of 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph), they have been going by this nickname.
The BRABUS 125R edition limited to 125 vehicles now presents a variant of the track racer that is designed for public roads but delivers nearly the identical driving dynamics. BRABUS 125R emblems on the body and in the interior, where a “1 of 125” badge additionally highlights the exclusivity of this special edition, indicate the noble lineage of this speedster to insiders.
The donor car is the current smart fortwo cabrio, whose three-cylinder turbo engine was uprated by BRABUS to a peak output of 92 kW / 125 hp (123 bhp) and a peak torque of 200 Nm (148 lb-ft). As a result, the two-seater sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 175 km/h (109 mph).
To be able to keep this performance safely in check at all times, the BRABUS 125R is equipped with tailor-made aerodynamic-enhancement components, YOKOHAMA high-performance tires in 16/17-inch combinations, and a lowered suspension.
The special model comes in two colors, glossy black or matte titanium. On the black variant, the bright red BRABUS bodywork components at the front, sides and rear stand out immediately. On the titanium-colored vehicles, these components have a black finish.
A BRABUS black leather interior with precise special quilting and perforation on the seat surfaces, all finished with perfect workmanship in very detail, as well as a host of other exclusive features ensure a special ambience in the cockpit.
The BRABUS 125R, whose extensive lineup of equipment of course also includes a “1 of 125” limited-edition badge in the cockpit, a climate control system, a sound system and a navigation system, sells for 39,900 euro. All information about this exclusive city sports car is available on the internet at www.brabus125r.com.
The heart of the BRABUS 125R, the three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with a displacement of 898 cc (54.8 cu in), also lives up to the sporty character of this exclusive special model as a matter of course. To achieve the desired performance increase, the BRABUS powerplant engineers developed a modified intake system, an even more efficient intercooler, and a recalibrated engine control unit. For further performance optimization and for an especially sporty sound at the touch of a button, the engine was fitted with a stainless-steel BRABUS sport exhaust system with actively controlled flaps. To match the three cylinders of the engine, this exhaust system features three center-exiting tailpipes.
With a peak output of 92 kW / 125 hp (123 bhp) at 5,550 rpm and a peak torque increased to 200 Nm (148 lb-ft), on tap at a low 2,000 rpm, this engine turns the exclusive two-seater into an open-top city sports car par excellence.
Gears in the BRABUS 125R are shifted either automatically or manually like in Formula 1 racing with black anodized BRABUS paddle shifters on the steering wheel. As a result, the exclusive speedster takes just 9.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest. The top speed is electronically limited to 175 km/h (109 mph).
With this dynamic performance, the BRABUS 125R of course also demands a sporty suspension setup. To this end, the special model is fitted with glossy black BRABUS Monoblock IX alloys sporting eight double-spokes. To add further visual emphasis to the wedge-shaped appearance of the city racer as well, it is equipped with a staggered wheel combination that features 6Jx16 rims with tires of size 185/50 R 16 at the front, and 7Jx17 rims with size 205/40 R 17 tires on the rear axle. Technology partner YOKOHAMA supplies the optimal high-performance tires.
The BRABUS sport springs, which lower the ride height of the exclusive two-door car by about 30 millimeters (1.2 in), are specifically tailored to this tire/wheel combination. The special wheels were subjected to extensive driving tests and in conjunction with the modified suspension deliver particularly agile and safe handling.
Sporty design and even more efficient aerodynamics: The BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement kit with – depending on the vehicle color – bright red or black contrasting elements such as front spoiler, rocker panels and surround for the tailpipes of the sport exhaust makes the exclusive city sports car from Bottrop even more individual. Carbon-design covers for the side mirrors and the tinted third brake light stylishly round off the sporty appearance.
The interior design of the BRABUS 125R is equally sophisticated. The contoured sport seats are upholstered with the finest black BRABUS Mastik leather. Contrasting red double seams take up the red bodywork highlights in the cockpit. The seat surfaces feature meticulous diamond quilting and are perforated with pinpoint precision. The appointments of this edition also include the embroidered BRABUS logos in the two head restraints and the two-tone embroidered 125R logos in the seatbacks.
The same play of colors as on the seats, complemented by a red 12-o’clock marking made from the hi-tech fiber Dynamica, continues on the steering wheel, whose grips are likewise perforated. Other sporty features are the carbon-design molding for the dashboard, and the aluminum pedals and footrest. Like the shift knob with red BRABUS logo, the handle of the parking brake lever sports a black anodized finish.
Other exceptional features of this exclusive special model are the tailor-made scuff plates with BRABUS logo, which like the footrest in the driver’s footwell is illuminated in red or white. Classy velour floor mats with red BRABUS logo complete the ambience.
The standard specification of the new exclusive two-door car from Bottrop includes a climate control system, a radio and a navigation system, of course. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is 39,900 euro including 19 percent VAT. There is a dedicated website for this exclusive city sports car at www.brabus125r.com.
Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:
BRABUS 125R based on the smart fortwo: city 5.2 l/100 km, highway 4.1 l/100 km, combined: 4.5 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 102 g/km, efficiency class B.