Brabus and Vilner had a green baby, and not in a wholesome good-for-the-environment sort-of way.
When it comes to Vilner, you can pretty much always expect something a bit flashy, in the same way that deep-fried cocaine might be a bit addictive. Sometimes the craziness works, other times, well, let’s just say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What is a bit unexpected is the subject vehicle for this particular endeavor, which happens to be a Smart ForTwo Cabriolet. That’s not necessarily the unexpected part, because this Smart was already tweaked by another over-the-top tuner we all know and love – Brabus.
So to sum up, we have a Brabus Smart ForTwo by Vilner that’s ready to show the world just how much bling can be packed into a microcar. With that in mind, prepare yourself for the collage of sharply contrasting color that follows.
According to Vilner, all the cheap plastics that once existed in the ForTwo’s interior are long gone. In fact, the company says everything save for “a few square centimeters” inside the car is either covered in Alcantara, leather, or carbon fiber. A-pillars and the soft-top cabrio headliner receive white Alcantara, which makes a nice contrast with the abundance of black materials and carbon fiber trim in the cockpit. Then comes the accented trim in a particularly radioactive shade of green that can be found everywhere, from the steering wheel to the seats, door panels, vent rings, shifter knob, and of course the stitching.
Vilner continues the visual update outside with a fresh coat of pearl white paint accented with – you guessed it – more green. The wheels get a straight dose of the color for the lip, while the C-shaped striping gets some graphic elements mixed with the green for good measure. Vilner also adds a pair of subtle carbon fiber trim pieces above the rear wheel arches – perhaps the only subtle enhancement to be found on the entire car.
The tuner says that, despite the Smart ForTwo’s small size, this was one of the company’s biggest projects. For what it’s worth, we applaud the effort and attention-to-detail. As far as the design and color choices for the interior, let’s just say we already took some aspirin to help deal with a mid-afternoon headache that, to be fair, could simply be the result of summertime allergies. A word of warning though – if you stare at the interior photos too long, you’ll start to see green wavy lines when you close your eyes.
Smart ForTwo Brabus By Vilner
2012 Brabus Smart ForTwo by Vilner
It mаy be the smallest car ever overhauled by Vilner, but actually this is one of the most extensive projects done by the art studio. The interior is completely different compared to the cockpit already “tuned” by Brabus, which had a lot of cheep-looking plastics, despite the huge original asking price of the car.
Some previous Vilner Mercedes G-Class interiors didn’t have such abundance of carbon fibre as this little car. It’s arguably the best and more thoroughly tuned Smart Fortwo ever made. The non carbon fibre, leather or Alcantara parts are literally no more than a few square centimeters.
The wheel is a piece of art: perfect blend of design, finish and ergonomics. Perforated fine leather around 3 and 9 sectors, green leather accents, Alcantara wrapped center section and perfectly executed carbon fibre piece that covers the spokes. The weave is orientated at 45 degrees as it is everywhere else in the cockpit – a kind of pedantic attitude that can be found in Horacio Pagani’s creations. The bezel of the infotainment screen, the console around the gear shift, the glove box trim piece, the inserts of the door panels and even the door handles and the sides of the dashboard are all made from carbon fibre composite. Just look at the door pockets – they speak for themselves in terms of quality and execution.
The cheap plastics and the boring colors of the original car? They’re now history. A-pillars and soft top headliner are made in white Alcantara for even more Cabrio effect and the seats are great both on feel and look. There you can see black leather/Alcantara combination, green inserts and stitching and also the “B” logo embroidered on the headrests. It’s done by Vilner as a sign of respect and accompanied by “Design by Vilner“.
Brabus made the instrument cluster’s front in grey but that color is not welcome in a project like this. Now the speedo, the rev counter and the clock are white with green LED backlights and bezels. “Design by Vilner“ can also be read from the face of the speed counter. Green is also the color selected for the sun visors and floor mat edges – a handsome final touches for that impressive Smart Fortwo Brabus Cabrio.
But that’s not the end – the car was almost completely disassembled in the process in order to complete the project as precise as possible. Outside there is a White Pearl paint with 3D graphics on green background which underlines the C-shaped structural elements on the car’s sides. The Monoblock VII are left but Vilner gave them a green rings, the front emblem and grill are painted in Gloss Black as well as the rear diffuser. Not so visible at first glance are the carbon fibre aero tweaks on the rear wheel arches – they may be discreet but the finish there is also exceptional.
One of the most extensive projects can’t go without a proper sports bag in the same style: Carbon Fibre Leather, Alcantara and shoulder strap made from the same belt used for the belts inside. Smart Fortwo Brabus Cabrio by Vilner – compact car, a massive project.
2012 Smart Fortwo Brabus Xclusive, 999 cc, 3 cyl. inline, turbo 102 hp, 147 Nm, 5-sp. semi-auto, RWD, 820 kg