Smart Fortwo BRABUS Electric Drive at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show (Photos)
Smart recently announced launch of the fortwo electric drive in China marking the electric fortwo’s entry into it 14th market, but sales began in Japan way earlier.
BRABUS (which is smart’s tuner), delivers its own version of the fortwo electric drive with 5 kW of additional power and 5 more Nm of torque to bring the total numbers to 60 kW and 135 Nm. With such a drivetrain in place, the dark smart zips from 0 to 60 in under 10 seconds.
This time, the smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive comes to the Tokyo Motor Show, but is that still a Mennekes plug we see in the photo? Thankfully, smart didn’t forgot to install a J1772 type inlet. But still, the electric smart will not benefit from vast network of fast DC chargers like i-MiEVs or even the BMW i3 can in Japan.
In Europe, smart ed can be optionally fitted with a 3-phase 22 kW on-board charger and can use one of over 1,500 22 kW points installed by RWE utility company alone. This shortens charging time from 6-7 hours to 1.
We asked Smart USA boss Mark Webster about the prospect of this special edition ForTwo ED hitting US shores
“Well, we have the BRABUS trim edition here, which is part of the personality of smart. We have a great relationship both here (in the US) and worldwide with Brabus, but as of right now we are not going to offer the BRABUS powertrain version, just the trim level version. Some of our dealers offer that, and do very well in special markets, like Miami and Los Angeles.”