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by Tim Beissmann

A prototype of the new Smart Fortwo Brabus has been spied testing on public roads in Europe.

The camouflaged pocket-rocket, captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, appears less than a week after Daimler’s city-car division officially unveiled its pint-sized third-generation Fortwo and larger second-gen Forfour.

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The new Brabus is most easily distinguished from the regular Fortwo by its twin exhaust outlets and larger rear wheels with low-profile tyres.

The production version is expected to be further differentiated with a unique front grille, more muscular front and rear bumpers, lowered suspension, and other sporting touches. The cabin will also benefit from a number of performance-themed enhancements.

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Reports suggest the Smart Fortwo Brabus will be powered by an uprated version of the regular car’s Renault-developed turbocharged 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. The engine produces 66kW and 135Nm in base form, though is said to crank out somewhere between 78-90kW in tuned Brabus specification.

The new model is almost certain to improve on the old Brabus, which produced 76kW from its 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine and claimed to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.9 seconds.

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As with the regular versions, the Smart Fortwo Brabus should be available with the choice of five-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

The Smart Fortwo Brabus is tipped to debut sometime in 2015, potentially as early as March’s Geneva motor show. The high-performance Brabus will sit at the top of the Smart Fortwo range, which will expand to include Cabrio and EV variants in the coming years.

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Previous generations of the Fortwo Brabus were not sold in Australia. The larger Forfour Brabus was available locally in 2006 for $39,900.

Mercedes-Benz Australia is yet to decide whether it will sell the new generation of Smart vehicles. It is currently offering the runout second-gen Fortwo from $18,990 driveaway.




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