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Brabus Builds 456 Horsepower V8-Powered GLK

They've gone and done it; the tuning gurus at Brabus have stuffed a V8 engine in the new GLK SUV. And as though replacing the V6 with a larger and more powerful V8 powerplant weren't enough, Brabus had to go and modify the entire thing.

Brabus engineers completely rebuilt a 5.5-liter motor (as found in vehicles like the S550) and increased the displacement to 6.1-liters. The modifications involved a larger bore and a longer stroke, with a lighter crankshaft, stronger pistons with a compression ratio of 11.0:1 and a modified cylinder head with larger valves and new cams.

In total the new engine makes 456hp at 6200 rpm and 453 ft-lbs of torque at 3100 rpm. Brabus says the V8 GLK can hit 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 172 mph.

Other modifications on the car include a lowered suspension (1.2-inches), 21-inch Brabus Monoblock F wheels and a big brake upgrade. The new brake system uses six-piston front calipers with 14.2-inch rotors and six-piston rear calipers with 11.8-inch rotors.

Technically, this Brabus GLK is also a Widestar, meaning that it features the Widestar line of aerodynamics, including a new front fascia that reduces lift and, of course, those flared fenders.

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That's a very, very nice car.

Pity they had to go and remove the grille star though. I would've loved it even more if they didn't remove it.

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That's a very, very nice car.

Pity they had to go and remove the grille star though. I would've loved it even more if they didn't remove it.
I agree.

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Uhh, why didn't they just drop a 6.3 AMG motor in it? Or better, why don't they just market a new Brabus motor instead of rebuilding (boring) a new Mercedes block?
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That's awesome.
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