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Hello everybody, I am new to this forum and I am new to the Smart brand! After test drove the car, I deeply fell in love with it, and wished I should have test driven the Smart years ago! Sadly heard that Smart will discontinue the gas model in 2018. I started my Smart hunt and after a few months of research, I finally picked up a 2017 Brabus edition Smart ForTwo Cabriolet! What I heard was that this was probably the most expensive 453 Smart with a MSRP of $25,700 (highest MSRP on cars dot com during my search), and the last (correct me if I am wrong) Brabus edition Smart ForTwo Cabriolet in North America. It is a true beauty and I fall in love with it every time I see it in my garage or get in it. This will be a fun project car for me, and I hope in the future, I can covert it into a true Brabus Smart since we don't get any actual goodies from EU in North America.




















It is a combination of matte white body with matte grey tridion cell. The cloth roof is also an interesting color--grey (like the matte grey tridion cell color). I was told that this roof color is a Brabus exclusive, and this is the only one with this roof color in North America. The car is till at break-in period, so once I hit 1,000 miles mark, I will start putting some performance mods..

Current mods (in the order of installation):
1. SunTek matte finish paint protection film
2. Brabus tachometer
3. Mekede Android multimedia unit
4. Focal FD4.350 amplifier
5. Brabus license plate
6. Brabus paddleshift levers
7. Custom made Carbon Fiber steering wheel
8. Custom made Carbon Fiber center dash panel
9. Berger red color seatbelt
10. LED lights (Reading lights, Cargo light, License Plate light)
11. Back Up Camera

Future mods:
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Evilution has a tutorial on how to install or replace a tach/clock on the 453. You will have to acquire a membership for a small fee to see the tutorial. It isn't a difficult task.

 

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Hello everybody, I am new to this forum and I am new to the Smart brand! After test drove the car, I deeply fell in love with it, and wished I should have test driven the Smart years ago! Sadly heard that Smart will discontinue the gas model in 2018. I started my Smart hunt and after a few months of research, I finally picked up a 2017 Brabus edition Smart ForTwo Cabriolet! What I heard was that this was probably the most expensive 453 Smart with a MSRP of $25,700 (highest MSRP on cars dot com during my search), and the last (correct me if I am wrong) Brabus edition Smart ForTwo Cabriolet in North America. It is a true beauty and I fall in love with it every time I see it in my garage or get in it. This will be a fun project car for me, and I hope in the future, I can covert it into a true Brabus Smart since we don't get any actual goodies from EU in North America.

The night I pick up my new baby..
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It is a combination of matte white body with matte grey tridion cell. The cloth roof is also an interesting color--grey (like the matte grey tridion cell color). I was told that this roof color is a Brabus exclusive, and this is the only one with this roof color in North America. The picture is taken at night, I will try to snap some good quality photos soon for you. The car is till at break-in period, so once I hit 1,000 miles mark, I will start putting some performance mods..

Current mods (in the order of installation):
1. SunTek matte finish paint protection film
2. Brabus tachometer
3. Mekede Android multimedia unit
4. Focal FD4.350 amplifier
5. Brabus license plate

Future mods:
:bouncies:
Looks lovely! Congrats on the gorgeous smart. :nerd:
 

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Nice looking little 453. Sad it the last of the desirable ICE model.
Thanks! I always wanted a Smart, when I heard they will stop making ICE model next year, I was panic and started searching for one to collect. Luckily I was able to get this beauty :laugh:
 

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Anyone can teach me how to rotate the photos? My OCD kicks in and I tried to flip my photos but still out of luck..
 

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Nice looking little 453. Sad it the last of the desirable ICE model.
Thanks! I always wanted a Smart, when I heard they will stop making ICE model next year, I was panic and started searching for one to collect. Luckily I was able to get this beauty

I agree , nice looker . I do like the Brabus editions across all the years of the Smart . I'm unfortunate in the area of acquiring any of the last versions, but non the less , I went a different direction , Hence the Lorinser edition I own . It's cool knowing that there are limited versions of the Brabus factory modded Smarts , and I'm not knocking it , but I believe I got ya beat on that with the Lorinser :) We all have the pleasure of owning something that the masses just don't get , yet , among the jungle of giant SUV's and rediculous horse powered people haulers , it turns heads every time .
 

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Finally, a smart car, with a touch screen media. Long over do, on 453 models. Does it offer Apple play.

 

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Finally, a smart car, with a touch screen media. Long over do, on 453 models. Does it offer Apple play.

No apple car play on this unit. It is basically an Android tablet with OEM look. It has an app called mirrorlink, and you can mirror your cellphone screen onto the display. I am an iphone user too, but ever since I installed this unit, I just turn on the hotpot on my phone and use this tablet as my music, navigation and HBO (you can catch a few episodes of Game of thrones while stuck in the SoCal traffic lol). My phone call is still answered via bluetooth and built microphone on the unit.
 

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I agree , nice looker . I do like the Brabus editions across all the years of the Smart . I'm unfortunate in the area of acquiring any of the last versions, but non the less , I went a different direction , Hence the Lorinser edition I own . It's cool knowing that there are limited versions of the Brabus factory modded Smarts , and I'm not knocking it , but I believe I got ya beat on that with the Lorinser :) We all have the pleasure of owning something that the masses just don't get , yet , among the jungle of giant SUV's and rediculous horse powered people haulers , it turns heads every time .
Indeed! I believe Lorinser kit Smart is even more limited in North America than Brabus, maybe you are one of ten maybe even less Lorinser Smart on this continent. I checked out SmartMadness Lorinser demo when I paid my visit. It is a nice looking car, I did't want to spend extra for Lorinser kit on top of extra (brabus package) by that time. Like you mentioned, we are already rare enough to become head-turners on the road. I suggested you to put some clear bra, if you haven't, on the kit to prevent rock chips or scratches and to protect your investment.
 

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Finally, a smart car, with a touch screen media. Long over do, on 453 models. Does it offer Apple play.

The new smart EV has a nice touchscreen media, but by no means should it be considered a necessity or mandatory when a smartphone functions exactly the same way. All you need is an audio output, which can be done via cable or Bluetooth and the display works the same. The advantage to the built-in factory unit is the larger screen size.

The one pictured above is an aftermarket unit from a company that decided to take a chance on the new smart 453 by offering a unit they designed specifically for it. Most companies won't do that for the smarts out of fear that the items won't sell in large enough quantities to justify its cost of production. This aftermarket unit looks great in pictures.

Little known cool fact, is that I've been using an Android based head unit in my smart BRABUS cabrio for years. I use my phone as a hotspot as well and can run anything a smartphone or android tablet can use on the unit. Mine was made by Blaupunkt. It can do everything, mirrorlink, even unnecessarily does Android Auto and Apple Carplay, all kinds of HDMI and other overkill hookups. The smart 453 throws water all over that fire with that phone cradle.
 
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