If you happen to’re searching for a reasonable metropolis automotive to get you from A to B, it’s powerful to fault a automotive like this 2015 Sensible ForTwo electrical. Most of us within the TFL workplace have taking a liking to ours, even calling it “Tweety”, for apparent causes. With simply 68 miles of vary in stock tune, you’re not going to make any cannonball runs with this automotive. That mentioned, at simply $6,000 for this instance, you gained’t break the bank both.
In comparison with a gasoline-powered Sensible ForTwo of the identical classic, this automotive really does really feel fairly peppy. Regardless of that, it’s not out-and-out fast, however can a comparatively simple tune repair that? Let’s discover out.
Making the Sensible ForTwo EV faster
Enter Steinbauer, who really does produce a tuning module for the Sensible ForTwo electrical drive. They declare you may get 20 p.c extra energy and torque from the automotive with their answer. Whereas the automotive has 74 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque stock, this module suggests you may bump that as much as 94 horsepower and 142 lb-ft of torque. In follow, that does make the automotive faster, however does it really feel Tesla fast after the tune?
You may take a look at the way it appears to put in and the general strategy of getting the tune within the video above. Earlier than getting some new 0-60 occasions with the Steinbauer unit put in, Tommy ran three acceleration exams with the Sensible. In stock configuration, the automotive averaged an unremarkable common 0-60 time of 9.94 seconds.
With the unit put in, Tommy was capable of knock that point right down to 9.19 seconds, which nets about an eight p.c enchancment in real-world acceleration. It does really feel undoubtedly faster, however is it worth the $1,390 outlay they promote on their web site? Tell us what you consider the tune within the feedback beneath!
Editor’s be aware: Whereas Steinbauer advertises the unit for almost $1,400, TFL agreed to pay Steinbauer $800 for the unit to check it out and see if it really made a distinction with our Sensible ForTwo EV. The $70 labor value concerned taking the unit to our native mechanic to put in, as proven within the video above.