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RENNtech wins GLK tuner build-off at SEMA

After an intense, 45-day build and grueling 30 days of campaigning for votes from friends (like BenzInsider), family, and total strangers, Mercedes-Benz announced that RENNTECH has won the MBUSA GLK tuner build-off! The competition wasn’t easy, with BLVD Customs’ strong GLK “Urban Whip” roadster and Brabus’ slick “Widestar” each swapping positions with RENNTECH for the lead throughout. At the end of the day, however, Mercedes acknowledged that RENNTECH’s sweeping program of upgrades – which included extensive engine mods, software development, aerodynamic bodywork, suspension and brake upgrades, as well as converting the GLK to hybrid drive – pushed RENNTECH’s GLK 350 Spec.R Pike’s Peak rally racer “over the edge”.

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RENNtech GLK Pikes Peak: Behind the scene

In case you missed all the stories about the this years SEMA (automobile aftermarket show), which we doubt you did as we’ve covered it numerous times. Nevertheless, here is a cool slideshow on how the RENNtech Pikes Peak was constructed, a little behind the scene if you like. The RENNtech Pikes Peak was inspired by the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, RENNtech set about creating a GLK that could master the pack and leave the rest chewing gravel. But, this wild GLK has a few surprises beneath its menacing exterior. Hybrid powertrains are generally associated with fuel efficiency and lower emissions. However, RENNtech has… Continue Reading »

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The Mercedes-Benz GLK at SEMA 2008: RENNtech GLK Pikes Peak

Inspired by the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, RENNtech set about creating a GLK that could master the pack and leave the rest chewing gravel. But, this wild GLK has a few surprises beneath its menacing exterior. Hybrid powertrains are generally associated with fuel efficiency and lower emissions. However, RENNtech has taken one more benefit of the hybrid principle to turn the GLK into a formidable performer. By combining an electric motor in parallel with the 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine, RENNtech has been able to capture the impressive torque that characterises electric motor drives, adding 54 Nm to enhance the GLK’s performance off-the-line… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz GLK Tuner Challenge at SEMA 2008

Mercedes-Benz has created an unconventional presentation idea under the heading “Tuner Challenge”. Ahead of the equally unconventional SEMA Show in the gaming hotspot of Las Vegas, the Stuttgart company announced a competition for tuning firms. The object of desire – the compact GLK-Class. The distinctively styled automotive character with an edge seems predestined to arouse a wide range of tuning fantasies. Four fundamentally different rebuilds make one thing abundantly clear – the GLK-Class is one of the most multi-faceted SUV models ever. With each respective tuner fantasy and the help of some exotic ingredients, the SUV has been turned into an exclusive specialist for the road, beach, city or rally… Continue Reading »

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Brabus tunes the C63 AMG: Is it better than the RENNtech C63?

Could it really be just a coincidents that both RENNtech and Brabus come out with super tuned C63 AMG vehicle in just two days? Well it might be just that, as both comanies worked for months to beat the “stock” version that AMG developed. Nevertheless, The BRABUS B63 S performance kit adds a whopping 73 hp (72 bhp) / 53.7 kW to the rated power output of the 6.2-liter V8 engine, and propels the car to a new top speed of 315 km/h (197 mph). This is certainly exciting news, but nothing too spectacular it seems, since this comes after the fact that RENNtech has actually been able to increase… Continue Reading »

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RENNtech tunes the Mercedes-Benz C63 to 548HP

The guys over at RENNtech are famous for giving Mercedes vehicles the power deserve, most notible tuning the SLR 722 series to actually get 722hp. This time, they have taken the already powerful C63 with it’s 451hp and put it on steriods. The RENNtech software produces 548 peak horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. As they say, they began with the ECU2 high-performance software. Much more than a (relatively) simple de-restriction, this flavor of RENNtech’s software optimizes every aspect of engine performance, building massive amounts of torque across the low-to-mid rpm range and boosting the C63’s top speed to 187 mph. RENNtech sharpens the C63’s handling reflexes with a fully… Continue Reading »

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RENNtech tunes the Mercedes GLK for SEMA

In preparation for the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Mercedes may have contracted RENNtech for some “fine” tuning of their new GLK model. We are still not sure what exactly they will do to the GLK, but according to Modified Luxury & Exotics, it will be a Pikes Peak inspired GLK. This will be RENNtech’s first ever performance modified hybrid powertrain. While Mercedes has not officially confirmed their interest to be at the SEMA show, the fact that they have not only contracted RENNtech, but also Brabus, Blvd Customs and Legendary Motorcars to build a GLK for the show might be a hint at what is to come. We are… Continue Reading »

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