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Brabus GLK V12: World’s fastest SUV at 200mph (with LCD monitors)

You probably wouldn’t guess the Mercedes GLK pictured above is capable of 200.3mhp. But the V12 emblem on the hatch is a dead give away that it is, thanks in part to 750HP and 811 lb-ft of torque (limited electronically from 995 lb-ft). Who in Parnelli Jones’ name would do such a thing? German tuner Brabus, of course. From the press release:

“To achieve this kind of performance, the engine – based on the latest Mercedes 600 twelve-cylinder engine – was completely re-engineered in the BRABUS engine department. Displacement is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters with the help of a special crankshaft, larger cylinder bore, special pistons and piston rods. In addition the three-valve heads are precision-machined and fitted with special camshafts.

For maximum power yield the BRABUS engineers have developed a special twin turbo system with two larger turbochargers and more efficient intercoolers. Free-flow metal catalysts and a fully stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system custom-tailored to the GLK body let the BRABUS SV12 R 750 Biturbo engine breathe more freely.” (1)

For those who find traveling at 200mph somewhat less than stimulating, the backs of the front seats are outfitted with “Custom-tailored consoles” that each features an integrated seven-inch LCD screen and a DVD player. The rest of the luxury interior doesn’t look anything short of Mercedes-level either with wood trim or carbon fiber trim panels for the dashboard, doors and center console in “any color imaginable.” 

For all the technical goodies on how Brabus managed to make the GLK go stupid-fast in posh style, read the rest of the release at:



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