One of the favourite german tuners had introduce the Brabus GLK V8 Twin Turbo at the recent Geneva Motor Show 2009, adds fascinating eight-cylinder power from Brabus to the GLK. Brabus, recognized as an automobile manufacturer by the German Federal Vehicle Registration Agency (Kraftfahrtbundesamt), implants the eight-cylinder four-valve engine from the S500 into the confines of the GLK body.
Brabus engineers spent some two years on the development and testing of the twin-turbo engine and custom exhaust manifolds. For maximum response at low engine speeds the turbochargers are comparatively small, and rather than two-right turning turbochargers being employed to boost the SUV’s power, a custom left-turning system was developed for the right hand side of the engine to ensure optimal gas flow and perfect exhaust dynamics.
462 hp (456 bhp) / 340 kW at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 615 Nm (453 lb-ft) at 3,100 rpm are the performance cornerstones of the Brabus 6.1 engine, lubricated exclusively with ARAL high performance motor oil. This engine transforms the Brabus GLK V8 into the prime example for a dynamic SUV: The five-door zooms from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 275 km/h (172 mph).
The litany of surgical tuning that is also performed on the unsuspecting GLK can be read in the release. Points to note include larger intake and exhaust valves on the four-valve cylinder heads, a 7-speed automatic transmission, performance exhaust system, performance brake system, and a BRABUS suspension lowering the GLK by 30 mm. The interior also gets a luxed-up once over with a leather suiting and Alcantara elements.
This V8 conversion for the compact SUV is priced at €198,000. This sees engineers shoehorn the V8 engine from the S-Class sedan but as usual Brabus has to modify the powertrain extensively.