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As you can imagine I would love to have the brabus edition smart car and did not know if it would be coming to the states but after a little searching, I found that indeed it will be coming to the US and damn it looks good!!



Here is what they say over at Road & Track.
http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=15&article_id=4937
Not only will the U.S. see the Smart Fortwo when it bows next year, but we will also get the Brabus high-performance version for those who want a bit of extreme performance to go along with their fuel efficiency. The Brabus features a pumped-up 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine that boosts output to 98 bhp, which should be good for getting the 2-seater's 0-60mph time to under 10 sec.
 

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This would be sooo AWESOME. I have a bad feeling that this isn't going to happen, because I previously heard the BRABUS version wasn't coming to the USA in the first year. I'd be more than overjoyed to be wrong.

Does anyone know the additional cost?

EDIT: Maybe I heard wrong, Here's the Edmunds.com video I watched. At the end they say BRABUS is working on a different version for the USA, less power and no turbo charger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeCxIThLbis
 

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Want one too in the US, Here is what Smart USA said :-(

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Dear Mr. *********,

Thank you for your interest in smart USA. The Brabus roadster and forfour models have been canceled worldwide by smart, Inc. and are no longer in production. The smart fortwo will be the only model available in the United States.

You may visit our website at www.smartusa.com and click on the “street smart” tour link to see our tour map, updated daily. If you have not already done so, please sign up to become a registered “insider” to receive our quarterly e-newsletter.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us via email, or by phone at 1.800.smartusa.

Thank you for your interest in smart. You will be hearing from us soon!

Mili Shedrick
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smart USA
1.800.smartusa
www.smartusa.com <http://www.smartusa.com>
 

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That is crazy... I want to look in to this and see if this is the case that we wont even get a body kit to order from them....
 

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Barbus not yet coming to US (or the world)

Yup, hoping that is not the case. The US market would be ripe for a perfomace kit on a fortwo just like this. I am already looking at Canada and UK based mods, problem being cost (UK) and they are all based on previous fortwo models, so will have to wait for moders to get their hands on the new '07/08 Smart fortow.
 

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yeah, too bad about that.....although if its not offered I can't be tempted!:D
(and besides, if I want to go fast I always have my MINI Cooper S Works to hop in!) :cool:

I do like some of the styling cues, and presumably like other hip cars (MINI, PT Cruiser, etc ) lots of aftermarket suppliers will be around! One thing that I was amazed at on the Brabus were the 225/35 17" rear wheels! :eek:
 

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...and besides, if I want to go fast I always have my MINI Cooper S Works to hop in! :cool:
Yet another MINI person. I had an '03 MCS Works car too until I defected and bought an extremely low mileage '02 Audi TT 225 for a little (much) better ride and better mileage (23 as opposed to 15).

I want the Smart to look fast, (the one that was styled to pay homage to Ferrari and does an 8 sec. 0-60 is my favorite Smart...wish I could post attachments and share it) but not necesarily burn up the road....I think I'm on borrowed time now with the men in blue. :rolleyes: The 0-60 time of 13 seconds is kind of anemic, but, like you, I can hop in one of the other cars to get the speed fix. The Smart is coming to our home to be ready for the $5 gas days that I believe are approaching. I'm looking forward to thumbing my nose at all the Hummer drivers in my area. ;)
 

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The Smart is coming to our home to be ready for the $5 gas days that I believe are approaching. I'm looking forward to thumbing my nose at all the Hummer drivers in my area. ;)
I'm with you on that! :p

Boy how times have changed. I certainly never minded years ago when it took about $25 to fill up the MINI, but now at about $45 a tankful....I can't imagine those gas guzzlers filling their 20+ gallons tanks!
 

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During recent Columbus test drive at MB dealership, I talked with multiple Smart reps and all said the same thing, no plans for Barbus in US in '08 :-(

Talked to the MB dealer and told them of my interest too in hopes they may have a vote ;-)

Trouble with aftermarket is warranty issues in not authorized by Smart/ dealer.
 

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Brabus in latest 08 UK and German Price book

Brabus is shown and listed in UK/German line ups.

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184965514-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/bj/cb/i3hsunjwshcgln6nymj$sjw-j8_nf2mj-ou7/smart_fortwo_brochure.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184965514-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/c$/fr/[email protected][email protected]$jnzuntb/smart_pricelist_20_06_07.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184963579-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/c-/dc/ou9o8tjwshcintpnymj$sjw9r3trx6lbso73/smart_HK_2007_d_update.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184963579-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/bn/e4/[email protected]=q/smart_PL_ft+BRABUS_mP.pdf
 

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Brabus in latest 08 UK and German Price book

Brabus is shown and listed in UK/German line ups.

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184965514-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/bj/cb/i3hsunjwshcgln6nymj$sjw-j8_nf2mj-ou7/smart_fortwo_brochure.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184965514-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/c$/fr/[email protected][email protected]$jnzuntb/smart_pricelist_20_06_07.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184963579-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/c-/dc/ou9o8tjwshcintpnymj$sjw9r3trx6lbso73/smart_HK_2007_d_update.pdf

http://www.smart.com/-snm-0135207688-1182239078-0000028751-0000000001-1184963579-enm-is-bin/intershop.static/BOS/root/root/media/bn/e4/[email protected]=q/smart_PL_ft+BRABUS_mP.pdf
 

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Folow up to Barbus news from SmartAmerica

So when I first contacted SmartAmerica about Barbus (see previous postin in this thread) they indicated the forfor and Brabus had been canceled worldwide. So I shared with them the good news that in fact Brabus is available in 2008. Their reply is lacking.:confused:

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Dear smart Enthusiast,

Thank you for your interest in smart USA. smart USA will only be producing the smart fortwo Pure, Passion and Passion Cabrio models.

You may want to do a search for the German or UK website that offers the Brabus model for you to purchase.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us via email, or by phone at 1.800.smartusa.

Thank you for your interest in smart. You will be hearing from us soon!

Mili Shedrick
Customer Care
smart USA
1.800.smartusa
www.smartusa.com <http://www.smartusa.com>

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Buy from the UK or German site?:confused: Yea, like that is practical......
 

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All this is a bit F'd up. Canada get Brabus, but the U.S. doesn't. C'mon.

Well . . . since most of us won't even get a 2008 model, maybe there is hope for 2009.
 
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