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2010 Brabus GLK V12

With a top speed of 322.3 km/h (200.3 mph) the BRABÚS GLK V12 has set a new speed record for street-legal SÚVs on the Italian high-speed test track on October 19th, 2009. The exclusive special model, powered by a twelve-cylinder twin turbo engine wîth 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW, celebrates its world debut at the DÚBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW. BRABÚS builds this high-performance automobile based on the Mercedes GLK-Class. The BRABÚS GLK V12 starts at 397,000 Euros MSRP.

The new BRABÚS SV12 R Biturbo 750 engine was implanted in the small engine bay of the GLK wîth meticulous precision. The engineers and technicians drew upon their experience and know-how gathered from the development and production of the special model BRABÚS BÚLLIT, based on the latest Mercedes C-Class.

The displacement engine, lubricated exclusively wîth ARAL Synthetic motor oil, delivers 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW at 5,500 rpm and produces a peak torque of 1,350 Nm (995 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm, limited in the car electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

To achieve this kind of performance, the engine – based on the latest Mercedes 600 twelve-cylinder engine – was completely re-engineered in the BRABÚS engine department. Displacement is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters wîth 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 wîth special camshafts.

For maximum power yield the BRABÚS engineers have developed a special twin turbo system wîth 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 BRABÚS SV12 R 750 Biturbo engine breathe more freely.

Vital Stats
Engine : 6.3 L., 12-cylinder
Power: 740 hp
Torque: 995 ft-lbs

5-speed Automatic
Custom-programmed engine electronics ensure an optimal symbiosis of power yield, running smoothness and especially eco-friendly exhaust emissions. Special mapping and OnBoard Diagnostics II result in clean emissions that meet the strict requirements of the Euro IV standard. The BRABÚS GLK V12 is also equipped wîth the latest driving dynamics systems such as ABS, ASR and ESP.

The enormous power is transferred to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission and a BRABÚS limited-slip differential wîth a locking rate of 40 percent.

Together these measures make the BRABÚS GLK V12 the fastest street-legal SÚV in the world. But it is not just the incredible top speed of 322.3 km/h (211 mph) that are the basis for its fascination. With an acceleration time from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) of just 4.2 seconds and 12.8 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph) the five-door sets new standards for its kind.

BRABÚS manages this extraordinary SÚV performance wîth custom modifications to aerodynamics, suspension and brakes.

The front apron of the BRABÚS WIDESTAR version was developed in the wind tunnel. Its large air dams provide radiators and front brakes wîth ample cooling air. In combination wîth a carbon-fiber spoiler lip the front apron also minimizes aerodynamic lift on the front axle – a prerequisite for directional stability beyond 300 km/h (186 mph).

Favorable aerodynamic properties were also a top priority for the design of the BRABÚS WIDESTAR fender flares on front and rear axle. They add five centimeters (two inches) to the width of the GLK. Custom-tailored rocker panels create a smooth transition between front and rear flares. The rocker panels feature LED lights in their undersides that are activated via the keyless remote or by pulling on a door handle. These lights illuminate the ground next to the SÚV for safe entering and exiting the vehicle in the dark.

In the rear the BRABÚS roof spoiler reduces aerodynamic lift and thus makes an important contribution to the excellent directional stability of the world's fastest SÚV. The rear appearance of the BRABÚS GLK V12 is further characterized by the BRABÚS rear apron wîth its centrally located reflector. Custom-tailored cutouts on the right and left side provide the perfect backdrop for the four characteristically shaped tailpipes of the BRABÚS stainless-steel sport exhaust system.

The larger wheel houses of the record car provide space for BRABÚS Monoblock wheels up to king-size wheels wîth a diameter of 22 inches. The size 10Jx22 wheels come in five different designs: GLK V12 customers can choose from the new BRABÚS Monoblock G five-spoke forged wheels, three-piece Monoblock VI alloy wheels and one-piece Monoblock E, Q and S wheels. High-performance tires from BRABÚS technology partners Pirelli and YOKOHAMA can be mounted up to size 285/25 ZR 22.

The BRABÚS coilover sport suspension was developed specifically for the twelve-cylinder SÚV. It is height-adjustable on front and rear axle and features ten selectable settings each for bound and rebound.

To handle the extreme performance the brakes were upgraded as well and trimmed for maximum stopping power and endurance. The BRABÚS high-performance brakes system features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and grooved steel discs measuring 380 x 37 millimeters (15 x 1.5 inches) on the front axle. The rear axle stops on six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and grooved 360 x 28 millimeter (14.2 x 1.1 inches) discs.

The interior of the GLK V12 was also refined to reflect the exclusive character of this unique SÚV: The GLK V12 comes wîth a BRABÚS fully leather interior that can be further refined wîth Alcantara elements if desired. The interior appointments are rounded out wîth an ergonomically shaped sport §teering wheel, a speedometer wîth 330-km/h (205-mph) scale and stainless-steel scuff plates wîth illuminated BRABÚS WIDESTAR logo.

Further exclusive interior highlights are wood trim sets or carbon-fiber trim panels for dashboard, doors and center console in any color imaginable. Custom-tailored consoles for the backs of the GLK front seats provide the perfect multimedia experience. They each feature an integrated seven-inch LCD screen and a DVD player.

Source - Brabus
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