The limited-edition electric city sports car with widebody, 18-inch Monoblock Y forged wheels and exclusive interior
The BRABUS Ultimate E, an agile city sports car based on the smart EQ fortwo cabrio, recently celebrated its world premiere at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt. The edition is limited to 28 vehicles.
With its electric motor uprated to 91 bhp and four different drive modes, the exclusive two-seater accelerates from zero to 62 mph in just 10.9 seconds. The car has top speed of 81 mph.
However, the "pocket rocket" from BRABUS impresses not only with its potent alternative powertrain: it also features extravagant looks thanks to the thrillingly styled widebody, special paintwork, 18-inch forged wheels and a luxurious BRABUS fine leather interior.
The BRABUS Ultimate E special model was created with the expertise of BRABUS ZERO EMISSION, the business division of BRABUS Group focusing on alternative powertrain concepts since 2008. The powertrain of the dynamic BRABUS Ultimate E city sports car is based on the three-phase synchronous motor and single-speed transmission of the base vehicle, the smart fortwo EQ cabrio.
Following the BRABUS tradition of building high-performance vehicles in a class of their own, the BRABUS ZERO EMISSION engineers, technicians and programmers developed a performance upgrade for this powertrain. The BRABUS PowerXtra performance upgrade includes a reprogrammed torque control system, special modules for the driving dynamics switch and the accelerator pedal, as well as a special gateway. These modifications harness the reserves inherent in this electric powertrain.
The "driving fun switch" in the cockpit enables the driver to choose between four different drive modes. In level 1, the electric motor responds as in any stock smart EQ fortwo. In the "Eco" position, the energy recovery rate is increased and the two-seater brakes much more strongly than the production model when lifting off the accelerator. Level 3 is the Sport mode which sees the accelerator pedal deliver quicker response and the energy recovery rate is dialed down to the production level. This mode also offers the driver a more direct accelerator pedal response while the energy recovery rate remains at the stock level.
The result is a driving performance that more than lives up to its intended use as a city sports car. In Sport + mode, the BRABUS two-seater almost silently sprints from rest to 62 mph in just 10.9 seconds.
The exclusive city sports car remains eco-friendly as it is carbon-neutral despite its impressive performance. Depending on the driving style, the BRABUS Ultimate E has a range of up to 125 kilometers (78 miles) on one battery charge.
This WIDESTAR conversion includes front and rear fender flares, which create space for 18-inch wheels, whose dimensions are highly unusual for an electric car of this size. The especially light BRABUS Monoblock Y rims for the current BRABUS Ultimate supercars are produced using hi-tech forging technology. In line with their type designation, they feature nine delicate double-spokes that taper off into the outer edge of the wheel in the shape of a "Y." This design makes it possible that these forged wheels are among the lightest 18-inch wheels on the world market. The front wheel weighs just 6.7 kilograms (14.7 pounds) and the rear just 7.1 kilograms (15.6 pounds).
In addition to wider fenders, the BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody also comprises aerodynamic-enhancement components such as front spoiler, rocker panels and rear diffuser, all developed in the wind tunnel.
Besides its thrilling looks, the BRABUS Ultimate E also impresses with an exclusively designed cockpit. This prime example of an accomplished combination of fascinating design, masterful workmanship and meticulous material selection is created in the company upholstery shop tailored to the buyer. The BRABUS fine leather interior of the IAA show car features a combination of especially soft and breathable black BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara in that same color. In accordance with the eco-friendly aspects of the exclusive city sports car, the precise decorative seams were executed in bright green. This combination is found on not only the seats, the inner sections of the door panels, the steering wheel rim and the shifter trim, but also on the upper section of the dashboard.
The BRABUS aluminum pedals, gearstick and parking brake lever add a touch of racing looks to the cockpit. In addition, this electric supercar is equipped with tailor-made scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo, which like the emblem in the stainless-steel footrest in the driver's footwell changes color from white to red. High-quality black leather floor mats with BRABUS ULTIMATE E logo complete the classy ambiance.
Of course, the BRABUS Ultimate E also comes with such elementary comfort features as climate control, sound and navigation system. The "1 of 28" badge on the dashboard documents the affiliation with this exclusive limited edition.
Power consumption, CO2 emissions and efficiency class: BRABUS Ultimate E based on the smart fortwo cabrio: power consumption (combined): 13.9 – 15.8 kWh/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, efficiency class A+