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2016 Smart ForFour by Brabus makes spy photo debut.

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Likely to be unveiled at IAA in September.

A prototype of the 2016 Smart ForFour by Brabus has been caught on camera for the first time.



Wearing very little disguise, the pocket rocket was spotted testing in Europe carrying slightly beefier front and rear bumpers along with a Brabus logo hidden underneath black tape on the trunk lid. The prototype was sitting a bit lower than the regular ForFour which indicates it will get a sportier and stiffer suspension while the wheel design was covered with some stickers.
It will also have a sportier exhaust system with two tailpipes denoting this is a punchier ForFour by Brabus which is believed will use an uprated variant of the three-cylinder 0.9-liter TCe engine. In the regular model it develops 90 PS (66 kW) but Brabus will work its magic and bump output to 120 - 130 PS (88 - 96 kW).



The Daimler-owned marque will probably introduce the ForTwo & ForFour Brabus duo in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sister model Renault Twingo is expected to get the same setup in the higher specification GT model.
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Note that it reads Forfour BY Brabus...
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120 hp? That bodes well for the C453 version which weighs less than the forfour. But will we get it in the States??
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"Sister model Renault Twingo is expected to get the same setup in the higher specification GT model."

I hope Renault Sport gets to do their own twingo RS and someone does a head to head between the two.
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I have nearly zero doubt that both the Renault Sport and BRABUS versions will be identical mechanically, and the only difference will be the cover on the engine. It makes no sense on a cheap car like this for each to do their work independently, and frankly it is probably Renault that has taken the lead and BRABUS will be a rebadged RS.
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453 Brabus ForFour

Why can't smart bring this little puppy over. It looks great, in a modern mono color. Good looking little Brabus 4 door.

http://www.autoevolution.com/news/sp...ry-96431.html#



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ALSRAC posted about this yesterday.
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looks like a FIAT four door... Im a bit disappointed with the looks. I guess i was expecting something with more Zing. but thats me..
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Why can't smart bring this little puppy over. It looks great, in a modern mono color. Good looking little Brabus 4 door.

Spyshots: 2016 Smart Forfour Brabus Looks Ready to Rumble - Photo Gallery - autoevolution



Normally, I'd dispute this. I think one of smart's distinctive traits are the two tone colours.

However, Americans LOVE buying cars in shades of gray. They also have joined in on the boom of small cars. I think a mono-coloured forfour would sell well here.

I have a feeling we *will* get the forfour, but way too late for smart to make any splashes in the market.
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