All also share a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox – this is a good transmission, shared by Renault, and not to be confused with Smart’s slow-witted auto of old. For the Brabus versions, the ratios are shorter and response times quicker.
Push the Race Start button (it’s a type of launch control) and the cars hit 62mph from standstill in a smartish 9.5 seconds, with top speeds past 100mph. The Brabus babes should also go around corers. All get 20 per cent stiffer springs and dampers, meatier front anti-roll bar, and more direct sports steering.
And they also get the one thing you can rely on them having: all the Brabus trimmings – special wheels, body kit, sports seats (heated, and in perforated nappa leather no less) and sportier instruments. All good stuff, but it’s nice to have a little Brabus substance behind the Brabus style for once.
Prices are announced in July and first UK deliveries will be from September.