BRABUS SLR McLaren roadster gets a smart tender

BRABUS SLR McLaren roadster gets a smart tender
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March 13, 2008 So the traffic's a little heavy and you don't feel like taking the SLR McLaren roadster BRABUS to the shops. The solution: take the high-performance smart fortwo "tender". The yachting term has made its way into the automotive world via the latest offering from German performance specialist BRABUS. On World debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the BRABUS “tender to the SLR” package consists of two identically painted and equipped vehicles - an aerodynamically enhanced, finely tuned, 211mph SLR McLaren Roadster BRABUS (the yacht) and the BRABUS ULTIMATE 112, a drop-top two-seater based on the latest smart fortwo Cabrio that puts out 112 hp and achieves 0-62mph in under ten seconds (the tender).

Keeping with the nautical theme, the exterior color for both vehicles is a brilliant white, while the equally identical interiors upholstered in a combination of lipstick-red BRABUS Mastik leather and black Alcantara.

A drop top supercar that needs little introduction, the SLR Roadster has been given the BRABUS tuning treatment with special camshafts and a fuel-cooling system fitted to the 5.5-liter supercharged engine. This ups power output by 24 hp / 18 kW to 650 hp (641 hp SAE net) / 478 kW at 6,500 rpm. The tuned SLR Roadster achieves 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 337 km/h (211 mph) courtesy of a special clutch-type limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent that optimizes traction and therefore acceleration.

The striking white carbon-fiber skin exterior is boosted aerodynamically with the addition of a BRABUS designed carbon fiber front spoiler and upgraded rear diffuser. The ride is on high-performance tires in sizes 255/30 ZR 20 and 305/25 ZR 20 from BRABUS technology partners Pirelli and YOKOMAMA wrapped around lightweight Monoblock VI 20-inch Platinum Edition wheels made from a forged aluminum rim and a billet aluminum center. According to BRABUS this tailored combination offers handling benefits via a lower aspect ratio and the lower rim weight.

Inside standout features include the flat-bottomed BRABUS sport steering wheel with buttons integrated into the spokes for manually shifting the gears and BRABUS carbon-fiber applications for dashboard, center console and door trim.

The BRABUS ULTIMATE 112 “tender" features a muscular body kit with front spoiler, rocker panels and BRABUS WIDESTAR fender flares front and back. The makeover of the smart fortwo Cabrio also includes new wheels and tires (BRABUS Monoblock VI double-spoke wheels - 7Jx18 plus 205/35 R 18 at the front and 8.5Jx18 plus 235/30 R 18 on the rear), height-adjustable BRABUS coil-over suspension, a stainless-steel sport exhaust system and in the engine bay, a BRABUS three-cylinder turbo engine.producing 112 hp (110 hp SAE net) / 82.4 kW at 5,600 rpm and an impressive 150 Nm of torque between 3,330 to 3,900 rpm.

The ULTIMATE 112 has performance specs of 0 – 60 km/h (38 mph) in 3.9 seconds and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.5 with a top speed electronically limited to (106 mph).

Climate control system, radio and a navigation system are standard equipment and stainless-steel foot pedals with rubber pads and an aluminum shifter and emergency brake lever are included.

Both vehicles are available as a package or separately with customization options available for colors. BRABUS is offering both snow-white speedsters for a package price of 699,000 Euros.

See BRABUS for details.

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