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Brabus bores out GLK to 244kW

2008-10-16 09:21
Thought the GLK could not get any most aesthetical

Thought the GLK could not get any more aesthetically questionable? Meet the Brabus GLK, despite the 4l V6 producing 244kW, we can’t bear showing the front, with its hideous headlight arrangement.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model GLK
Engine 4l, V6
Power 244kW
Torque 420Nm
Zero To Hundred 6.1 seconds
Top Speed 250km/h
Brabus has taken a liking to Merc’s small SUV. The consequent GLK package sports 244kW V6 power.

Though many dislike the proportions of the GLK – grille too big, rear too angular – Brabus has added a new front apron and daytime running lights to deflect as much attention as possible from the huge, GL-inspired grille.

Along the flanks rocker panels neaten out aerodynamics and also feature embedded LED lights which illuminate the GLK surrounds when entering or debussing. There are even more LED lights, on the roof – cute, but not ample spotlights replacements when you’re hunting in the Karoo…

A rear apron rounds off the exterior styling upgrades and feature cut-outs for the Brabus quad exhaust treatment. The rear spoiler features even more LED lights – which means the Brabus GLK could ostensibly feature more LED lights than the entire current Audi model range.

Abrasive ride quality

Brabus is well know for fitting the largest possible diameter wheels to its vehicles; even if they completely ruin the ride quality and vanquish any dirt road capability. Witness then the Monoblock S (five-spoke) and E (nine-spoke) 21-inch mags rolling either Pirelli or Yokohama 255/35 tyres.

Compounding potential ride quality issues is the 35mm suspension drop with accompanying sports dampers, which should be a treat on corrugated backroads in the Karoo.

Bored out performance

Fortunately Brabus has managed to do something decent with regards to the GLK performance, in terms of liberating power from the 3.2l DCI turbodiesel and 3.5l and 2.8l petrol V6 engines.

Thanks to some exhaust plumbing and ECU trickery the 320 CDI produces 200kW and 590Nm, improvements of 35kW and 50Nm.

Petrol engines are even more impressive, the 3.5l V6 might only see an incremental power increase of 11kW to the new 211kW peak, yet the 4l conversion (available for the 2.8l V6 too) ushers in 244kW and 420Nm, ensuring a 6.1 second 0-100km/h time and 250km/h top speed.

A host of interior trim options are available form the bespoke Brabus leather and trim division, which turns trim lining and seat covering in cow hide into an art form.

Technology obsessed buyers can specify a host of infotainment options too, from special consoles for the seatbacks of the front seats housing a 7-inch LCD screen and integrated DVD player.


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