Would you pay £15,000 for a smart fortwo? Thought not, but that hasn’t stopped the ailing yet ever so cute subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz selling one.

The fortwo Brabus edition red, available in both coupe and cabrio flavas. Is the latest in a long line of special editions aimed at putting some spark into the rather tired ultra-mini city car. Tuning division Brabus, however, has done wonders with the smart range in the past, and this quirky little three-cylinder machine generates 74bhp, is completely red, comes with 16in alloys and a full bodykit.

Standard equipment includes semi-auto transmission, leather seats, dashboard and door trims with red contrast stitching, 3-spoke leather sports steering wheel with steering wheel gearshift paddles, air-con, front fog lights, twin sports exhaust with heat shield and audio package.

A spokesman said: “There’s never been a smart fortwo quite like it. This distinctive and exclusive special edition will appeal to customers who want to stand out from the crowd and enjoy the fun-packed performance that a Brabus-tuned engine can offer”.

Still, though, you have to balk at the price. Even the coupe comes in at £13,865 - that’s round about a thousand quid for every gram the car weighs, innit?