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A thinly camouflaged 2016 Smart ForFour by Brabus was spotted testing in Spain.
The cute pocket rocket seems to be sitting lower than the regular ForFour which indicates Brabus is implementing a sportier suspension along with enlarged brakes and a dual exhaust setup. The prototype had some camouflage on the front and rear bumpers which will look a tad more aggressive than the stock ones and there could also be some other body changes that aren't visible on this near-production prototype.
We are not entirely sure what will power the Brabus-optimized ForFour, but most likely it will be an uprated specification of the three-cylinder, 0.9-liter TCe turbocharged gasoline engine upgraded from the series 90 PS (66 kW) to somewhere in the region of 120 - 130 PS (88 - 96 kW).
The Renault Twingo is about to get the same array of enhancements for the upcoming GT version which could be showed in mid-September at IAA alongside the beefier ForTwo and ForFour duo.
Source and pictures: Brabus-tweaked Smart ForFour spied with light camo in southern Europe
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Monotone colour does not do it justice. I hope it debuts with a lot more pizazz and flair.
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Our spy photographers have sent a new batch of images with the hotter Smart ForTwo and ForFour tweaked by Brabus.
The Brabus-tuned ForTwo and ForFour have been baking in the oven for quite some time, but the wait is almost over as the pocket rocket duo should show up in Geneva early March.
Seen here are two near-production prototypes that don’t actually reveal anything new compared to previous spy images showing dual exhaust tailpipes and a lowered suspension. Other goodies on the menu include chunkier wheels, redesigned front & rear bumpers, along with wider tracks and enlarged brakes.
The million-dollar question is: What will power these two cars? Chances are it will be an upgraded version of the turbocharged three-cylinder, 0.9-liter engine rumored to develop up to 130 horsepower. Another way to go would be the bigger 1.2-liter also sourced from Renault, but probably Smart and Brabus will stick to the smaller and lighter motor linked to a manual gearbox.
Taking into account the probable Geneva debut, expect to see the Brabus-prepared ForTwo and ForFour make an online appearance in February. Let’s not forget Renault is also working on a Twingo GT that will likely come with just about the same upgrades as sister model ForFour. It should also show up at the Swiss auto show about two months from now.
Source: Smart ForTwo & ForFour by Brabus spied during winter test
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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



I think that when you get into the small, 4 seat hatchback market, unless you are a hardcore rear wheel drive fan like myself, there are a number of choices that would offer back seat passengers more comfort than the Forfour. Especially if the price is higher than a Fortwo Prime, which I expect it will be.
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Well, at least in the States, the Brabus was only really ever available in Silver/Silver or Black/Black (and i'm talking about the OG '09 Brabus).

And i love how they mask off the Brabus name and the rear diffuser. It's like "Hmm.... i wonder what that might look like? *Insert new style 451 Brabus diffuser panel here* Oh.... ok."
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CLEARLY, that is not going to be what an eventual smart BRABUS is going to look like. Unfinished lower trim, soft fog lamps, soft soft soft headlamps, the only thing is the BRABUS emblem in the trunk that is masked off.

But no way a true smart BRABUS is going to look exactly like that once released. This is why it's just a "spy" shot and nothing confirmed.
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And the North American one will have 89 HP? Woo hoo!
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