The all-new, 2023 Smart #1 in a performance Brabus edition, completely disappointed in a recent "moose test," conducted by km77.com.
Let's recall that this is a new all-electric model, based on Geely's latest Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) platform. The Brabus edition has a dual motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain (315 kilowatts) and a 66-kilowatt-hour battery.
The tested version was equipped with 19-inch wheels (Continental EcoContact 6 Q 235/45 R19 99V XL).
According to km77.com, the 2023 Smart #1 Brabus was able to successfully pass the test (without hitting any cons) at an initial speed of roughly 40 miles per hour (65 km/h).
Interestingly, that's the worst result for an all-electric car ever in km77.com tests. As far as we know, only the large and heavy 2022 Range Rover P440e plug-in hybrid was slower at 39 mph (63 km/h) - see the list below.
The two drivers that tested the new electric Smart noted that the wheels skidded a lot, while the ESC didn't work too hard.
Overall, driving the Smart #1 was pretty fun, but there was a lot of oversteer, which raises concerns from the security point of view, especially since the car has plenty of power.
km77.com's moose test results for reference (initial speed):
The good news is that in the slalom test (in the beginning of the video), the Smart #1 Brabus was very fast - actually faster than other BEVs, including the Polestar 2. Electric Smart completed the test in 22.5 seconds.
Previous results for reference: