The Smart #1 Brabus just made its first public preview in Southeast Asia at the ongoing International Electric Mobility Showcase (IEMS) 2023 here in Malaysia at KL Convention Centre. Not only does the Brabus version of the EV look sporty, it’s also a much higher-powered model compared to the rest of the lineup.
To recap, three different variants of the Smart #1 will be offered in Malaysia. There’s the base Pro model, the mid-tier Premium, and of course, the Brabus version you see here. This particular model is in the Atom Grey matte colourway, which gives the EV a decidedly sporty look.
Both the Pro and Premium models of the Smart #1 feature a single 200kW motor driving the rear wheels that outputs 272PS and 343Nm of torque, allowing the EV to go from 0-100kmph in only 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 180kmph. However, the Pro model has a smaller 49kWh battery with up to 315km of range (WLTP), while the Premium model has a 66kWh battery with up to 440km of range (WLTP).
As for the more powerful Smart #1 Brabus pictured here, it comes with another electric motor at the front – making it all-wheel drive – for a very respectable total output of 428PS and 543Nm of torque. How fast can it complete the century sprint with this kind of setup? A mere 3.9 seconds; very impressive.
The Brabus variant also has the same 66kWh battery as the Premium model, but given that it’s a higher-powered model, it has a lower range of up to 400km (WLTP).
According to Smart Malaysia, the Smart #1 will make its local debut sometime this quarter with prices ranging from RM200,000 to RM250,000. Bookings for the EV can now be made through the Hello Smart app, which is available for download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Huawei AppGallery. A RM1,000 refundable fee is required to book the electric crossover.