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Here are some of the very few smart 453's that were equipped with the BRABUS sports package in the U.S. Unfortunately they were so short-lived, likely because the U.S. market was too reluctant to enjoy a niche product without cookie-cutter expectations.

While they definitely aren't equipped like the one posted by Steven, it's about as fancy as U.S. dealers were able to offer...

And now, they're gone. There will be fancy electric models in the near future though... :D








 

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So that's where all the BRABUS sport package cars went ;)

We actually were very happy with the sales of the package (75 coupes and 19 cabrios in the USA (one cabrio was the smart USA car that was donated to the Lane Motor Museum)), but unfortunately BRABUS hasn't developed one yet for the electric, which is why it's no longer offered.
 

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So that's where all the BRABUS sport package cars went ;)

We actually were very happy with the sales of the package (75 coupes and 19 cabrios in the USA (one cabrio was the smart USA car that was donated to the Lane Motor Museum)), but unfortunately BRABUS hasn't developed one yet for the electric, which is why it's no longer offered.
Thanks for posting the precise figures, I thought there were a few more than that, didn't realize how rare they were!!
 

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Manual transmissions in small cars, are a blast to drive.
Yes. But the DCT has rendered them obsolete.

Put in the same effort to learn shifting technique in a DCT over a classic manual, and the DCT car will own the classic manuals in smoothness and racing. They're a blast too. :D
 

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Manual transmissions in small cars, are a blast to drive.
You know I USED to agree. It fact until I purchased my 08 cabriolet I never owned a slush box (going on 40 years at that time)... well except my Jenson Interceptor that is. Then I purchased that 15 Fiat Abarth Cabrio in auto. What a great little car. The this summer I upgraded my Audi TT 6 speed MT to a newer one with the S-tronic tranny. I will never go back.....
 

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You know I USED to agree. It fact until I purchased my 08 cabriolet I never owned a slush box (going on 40 years at that time)... well except my Jenson Interceptor that is. Then I purchased that 15 Fiat Abarth Cabrio in auto. What a great little car. The this summer I upgraded my Audi TT 6 speed MT to a newer one with the S-tronic tranny. I will never go back.....
I too have a automatic in my Abarth. Was close to buying a manual one. 7/10’s second slower. Came down with MS. Left leg, isn’t good any more. Made the right choose. I’ve Been watching clips, the European 453 smart Brabus. On YouTube. Their driving 5 speed manuals. Around curvy country roads. revving that little 3 banger up. Praising, it over the automatic version. They do mention, the dual clutch one, is light years better then, the old bronco bucking old ones...450, 451. European seem to like manuals over automatics. I grew up driving manuals. Owned some 40 new cars. Half them were manuals. I guess it doesn’t matter anymore. The smart ICE is history. Good bye finally to good automatic, and late to the game stick shift.
 

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One does not drive a manual transmission because it is "necessary."

I drove a smart automatic when the 453 came out and was not impressed.
It's not like the manual transmission is adding horsepower or anything. You can use manual shift on the dual-clutch auto. Beyond traditional manual clutch slipping and dumping at launch, shifts between gears are smoother and quicker with the dual-clutch. :nerd:
 

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I've driven both transmissions. The smaller the engine, the greater the benefit of the manual. You also gain more control over your driving experience. And the car weights slightly less and costs less and the transmission has fewer parts. The manual also does not have the auto start/stop function which I believe is on the automatic.

"Faster on the drag strip" simply means faster when you want to go faster.

I squeeze every ounce of power from my smart. The manual transmission gives me a better feel as far as what the car is doing which pays off on the turns. It has the added benefit of greatly limiting the numbers of people who can drive it.

I did not like the lag I experience off the line with the automatic. It's just not for me. Also, the clutch/stick are really perfectly balanced and weighted.
 

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It was an ill-fated decision to discontinue the gas-powered cars, considering the U.S. sales ratio was 81% gas and 19% electric. The impact on gas-powered vehicle owner has resulted in plummeting resale value and less dealer service center locations.
 

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Agreed! I think the costs were too high so smart decided to only sell their cars in a few areas where they have the strongest sales like SF, Portland, Atlanta, Seattle, etc... By getting rid of the gas cars it gave them an excuse to close the other locations.

Where I live we went from 3 to 1 smart service centers. I knew the m/t would be rare and short lived so I'm glad I got one... it's just sad that so few people will get to enjoy it.

It was an ill-fated decision to discontinue the gas-powered cars, considering the U.S. sales ratio was 81% gas and 19% electric. The impact on gas-powered vehicle owner has resulted in plummeting resale value and less dealer service center locations.
 
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