smart #1 high performance version with 400 hp, dual motors spied – Brabus branding, coming to Malaysia?

smart #1 high performance version with 400 hp, dual motors spied – Brabus branding, coming to Malaysia?

The smart #1 (pronounced “hashtag one”) made its global debut just a few days ago, and at the time, the joint venture between Geely and Mercedes-Benz said there would be a performance-focused variant on the way.

Well, recent photos out of China from Weibo user Jason Ferrari show exactly that, a hotter version of the #1 that CarNewsChina says will be branded a Brabus. The tuning company may be synonymous with Mercedes-Benz cars, but it has worked its magic on a few smart models too.

The uncamouflaged prototype you see here sports some distinct visual cues compared to the standard model, starting with two additional intakes just below the bonnet shut line. The corner intakes on the front bumper are also visibly different and come with horizontal slats, while the skid plate has been swapped out for a small lip bearing a red stripe.

The hue is also used for stripes on the side of the vehicle, just above new side skirts, while the roof, side mirrors and brake calipers also get a similar finish. Black door handles also provide some contrast with the main body colour and are joined by five-spoke wheels in place of the aerodynamically designed ones.

Other notable changes from the regular #1 are the additional pieces on the front fender and on the roof, which likely house a camera each and weren’t seen in the initial press photos. The rear doesn’t differ much besides the addition of a larger rear spoiler.

As for performance, it is reported that the Brabus-tuned, performance version of the #1 will come with dual electric motors that provide a combined 406 PS (400 hp or 299 kW), likely with a larger battery. For context, the regular model gets a single rear-mounted electric motor rated at 272 PS (264 hp or 200 kW) and 343 Nm of torque – a 66-kWh lithium-ion battery provides power and a range of up to 440 km following the WLTP.

We’ll have to wait for the carmaker to officially unveil a faster #1 before these details can be confirmed, but if these figures are to be believed, the hotter #1 could be the brand’s fastest ever production model.

Interested? Well, it’s already confirmed that the #1 will be sold in Malaysia through Proton Edar, so there’s a possibility that the performance variant will be brought in as a halo offering. Should it indeed get the Brabus name attached, it should hold more sway over car buyers here.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Mr. Sotong on Apr 12, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Looking at the prices of EV’s being launched with zero tax, I can’t help but feel that it is still a long long way to go before EV’s become mainstream here.

    Not due to the lack of charging infrastructure, but more so due to the affordability of the masses.

    Sad, but true.

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  • No Free Lunch on Apr 12, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Sadly the EV car actual road tax is calculated higher than normal petrol car road tax.

    Clearly the CBU import tax exemptions being recouped back thru the ridiculous EV road tax (just like same trick recoup ASEAN zero import tax thru impose local car excise duty). Is this how to promote EV car usage and EV car industry ?

    Read more here:

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    • Simply cuz to make EV is significantly more expensive, so to own EV is itself significantly more expensive. It is simple that a 3 year old can understand. No need to look at other areas, EV is plain simple more expensive. Period.

      Read here:

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  • seancorr on Apr 12, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    This Smart brand looks promising but under the stewardship of Proton puts a major dent on its reputation. Imagine your EV sitting in the backyard of a dealer for months waiting for spare parts.

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    • Copy Paste on Apr 12, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      Copy paste: “Do you need PARTS ? Warrenty of 8 years with 150,000km warranty for Battery ? It is MAINTENANCE FREE !!! No Engine Oil, Radiator Coolant, Plugs, ATF oil, etc. ZERO !!! ZERO !! BMW Ev … 1st “maintenance” is in 24Months !!!!!!!”

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    • The car not yet arrived, and you know for a fact it has problems with spare parts? Who are you tryin to kid?

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  • Bieight8 on Apr 12, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    What’s the point of having 400hp when the top speed is only 180kmh…

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    • Nirvana on Apr 12, 2022 at 6:10 pm

      Why need to go faster? Do you wish to meet your Maker sooner?

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  • ROTI CANAI on Apr 13, 2022 at 8:50 am

    the price wont be smart. and being under proton edar wont be a smart buy for you either. just wait for the fantastic kia ev6

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    • Right… and has buying kimchi ever been smart at all? Ever??

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      • ROTI CANAI on Apr 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm

        good reliability, value for money, excellent build quality. kimchi is a smart buy anyday if you ask me.

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        • You obviously never owned one, as what you stated is the mirror opposite experience of real owners.

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