Smart #1 Brabus EV – An upscale Proton?

The Smart #1 Brabus EV, a high-performance electric vehicle, was recently previewed in Malaysia, marking a significant milestone in the country’s EV sector. This preview event took place at the KL Convention Centre, coinciding with the ongoing International Electric Mobility Showcase (IEMS)​​. Here’s a detailed look at the Smart #1 Brabus EV, highlighting its unique features, performance capabilities, and design aesthetics based on the preview:

Performance and Powertrain:

The Smart #1 Brabus EV is propelled by a robust dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup, boasting a total output of 428 PS (315 kW) and a torque of 543 Nm. This powerful setup allows the Smart #1 Brabus EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds, showcasing its high-performance capabilities. It’s worth noting that the top speed of this EV is capped at 180 km/h​​. In comparison to its siblings, the Smart #1 Brabus has significantly higher output; the standard single-motor #1 has 272 PS (200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque. The dual-motor setup in the Brabus version contributes to a weight of 1,900 kg, which is 100 kilos more than the Premium version​​.

Battery and Charging:

The Smart #1 Brabus EV houses a 66 kWh nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) battery, which supports a WLTP-rated range of 400 km. It’s equipped with a 22 kW AC charging facility, enabling a swift charging time from 10-80% state of charge (SOC) in approximately three hours. Additionally, the EV offers DC fast charging at 150 kW, which replenishes the battery from 10-80% SOC in just 29 minutes, providing owners with flexible charging solutions to suit their needs​​.

Design and Aesthetics:

The exterior design of the Smart #1 Brabus EV exudes a sporty persona, marked by distinctive features like letterbox vents on either side of the Smart logo, red trim accents, 19-inch ‘Dynamo’ two-tone wheels, and red brake calipers. While the suspension remains unchanged, the Brabus variant has stiffer dampers to offer a sportier ride. The rear bumper mirrors the front in design cues, flaunting a red strip, two small black lines, and a small Brabus logo, with a more pronounced rear spoiler completing the sporty exterior look​2​.


The Smart #1 Brabus EV is estimated to cost around RM 250,000 in Malaysia.

Debut and Availability:

The Smart #1 Brabus EV was unveiled at the International Electric Mobility Showcase at the KL Convention Centre, which is part of the pre-launch activities before the EV hits the showrooms for the Malaysian market. Although the exact availability date is yet to be announced, it’s open for booking, indicating its imminent launch in the country​.

Disclaimer: This article is generated by ChatGPT 4 (September 25 Version)

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