Brabus unveiled at Geneva Auto Show a high performance-tuned electric car that meets a high-performance recreational craft in a class of its own.
The extravagant Brabus Ultimate E Shadow Edition “1 of 28” is a quasi “tender to” the exclusive Brabus 500 “Shadow OPS” Limited Edition “1 of 28” recreational craft.
Since 2016, Brabus Marine has been cooperating with Axopar, the Finnish manufacturer of high-performance boats, and at the beginning of the year presented already its second own craft, which will be sold in a limited edition of 28 boats.
The agile city sports car that goes with this boat is based on the smart EQ fortwo cabrio and thanks to its electric motor uprated to 68 kW / 92 hp (91 bhp) with four different drive modes it is the first vehicle of its category with motor tuning.
Powered by this motor, the refined two-seater sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 10.9 seconds. The car has a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).
The dynamic agility of the “pocket rocket” from Brabus is accompanied by a strikingly styled widebody version with 18-inch forged wheels and a luxurious Brabus fine leather interior.
The design of the Brabus Ultimate E Shadow Edition “1 of 28” special model drew on the expertise of Brabus Zero Emission. This business unit of Brabus Group has been working on alternative powertrains since 2008.
In the Brabus Ultimate E Shadow Edition “1 of 28” city sports car, the two teams pooled their expertise to build a “tender” for the new recreational craft presented by Brabus Marine early this year – the Brabus 500 “Shadow OPS“ Limited Edition “1 of 28”, whose two outboard motors with a combined output of 368 kW / 500 hp (493 bhp) give it a top speed of more than 50 knots (92.6 km/h/57.5 mph). The compact 28-foot boat is one of the most dynamic of its kind and comes from Brabus Marine refined with exclusive appointments.
The city speedster relies on an electric powertrain provided by the smart fortwo EQ cabrio of the current generation, which is powered by a three-phase synchronous motor in the stern. The power is sent to the rear wheels by a single-speed transmission.
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 stands for “Sport”. The accelerator pedal delivers quicker response and the energy recovery rate is dialed down to the production level.
When the driver selects the “Sport +” mode, the motor produces an increased peak output of 68 kW / 92 hp (91 bhp) and peak torque climbs to 180 Nm (133 lb-ft), a proud 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) more than the production vehicle. This mode also offers more direct accelerator pedal response while the energy recovery rate remains at the production level.
In “Sport +” mode, the Brabus two-seater sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 10.9 seconds. The top speed remains limited to 130 km/h (81 mph).
Depending on the driving style, the Brabus Ultimate E Shadow Edition “1 of 28” has a range of up to 125 kilometers (78 miles) on one battery charge.
The Brabus suspension was specifically calibrated to the weight of the electric car, the ultra-low-profile tires and the wider track. It combines sporty and safe handling with the desired ride quality.
The widebody comprises not only wider fenders, but also aerodynamic-enhancement components such as front spoiler, rocker panels and rear diffuser, all developed in the wind tunnel.
The company upholstery shop created a Brabus fine leather interior in a combination of especially soft and breathable Brabus Mastik leather and Silvertex fabric for the seat surfaces.
Prices for the Brabus Ultimate E Shadow Edition “1 of 28” start at 64,900 euros MSRP (price includes 19 percent VAT in Germany).