When the cloth pulled back, we found ourselves face to face with the fortwo Brabus. For those not familiar, Brabus is a German tuning house that is most commonly known for its high performance versions of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
A lowered suspension improves the fortwo's handling and a front lip spoiler reduces high speed lift. Though you won't have to worry too much about high-speed hijinx, because the fortwo Brabus is still equipped with the stock 1-liter, 3-cylinder engine.
After a short drive in a Smart fortwo Cabriolet, I'm convinced that the fortwo's Achilles' Heel is the automated manual transmission. The gearbox is essentially a five-speed manual transmission with electronically controlled shifts. The computer shifts slowly and, at low speeds, feels like it's about stall the vehicle at every stop.
The fortwo Brabus features wider wheels and tires with a staggered fitment. 15-inch wheels are on the front axle with 17-inchers out back. It's supposed to evoke a sporty nature, but in practice, it just looks sort of weird.