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The Mercedes-Benz GLK at SEMA 2008: The GLK Urban Whip

When the word went out that Mercedes was running a tuner competition centred on the new GLK luxury SUV, Boulevard identified immediately with the brief for the Urban Whip and lost no time in getting to work. “I’ve been a Mercedes fan since childhood,” says Boulevard President Chris Bradley, “and when I reviewed the design brief for the Urban Whip I said to myself, ‘we can do this better than anyone’”. While it may be one of the smaller competitors in the field, Boulevard is big on ideas. Taking its inspiration from a number of Mercedes models, the company set about creating a visual interpretation of the GLK that would… Continue Reading »

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The Mercedes-Benz GLK at SEMA 2008: Brabus GLKWidestar

There was absolutely no doubt in the mind of Professor Bodo Buschmann, President of Mercedes customization specialist BRABUS, “Even in the face of the extreme rework that characterizes the vehicles at SEMA, we were going to stick firmly to our principles and go for a more practicable solution. The GLKWidestar represents the “European” solution. The SUV was conceived by development engineers on the basis of automotive pragmatism that stands by classic Mercedes-Benz characteristics. The Widestar is an interpretation of the GLKas an on-road machine with corner-hugging agility that also pays tribute to the high levels of refinement associated with Mercedes vehicles.

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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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Mercedes-Benz is poised to impress at SEMA with tuned GLK350’s

Recently we showed you pictures of how RENNtech is going to tune the GLK350 at this years SEMA Show, but now, we finally have pictures and information on what the other three tuners will do to their GLK350s. • RENNTech Rally Racer – Inspired by the unlimited-class rally cars at the storied Pikes Peak Hillclimb, the GLK concept represents the Mercedes-Benz performance specialist’s first hybrid powertrain to enhance acceleration off the line and out of the corners. • BRABUS Widestar – Developed by Mercedes-Benz tuning experts Brabus of Bottrop, Germany, this striking wide-track “designer suit” for the GLK includes flowing front and rear wheel arch flares and redesigned front and… 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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Mercedes-Benz Pulling the Plug Off the Metris Van

A company spokesperson confirmed that Mercedes-Benz is already pulling the plug off the Metris van after the release of its 2023 model year units. The move could mean the end of production for the gas-fed Sprinter, too. According to Car and Driver, this information was officially confirmed to them through email. The report cited the falling sales of the Metris in the U.S. as the reason for the axing. It added that most buyers are opting for the more spacious Sprinter over the Metris. Meanwhile, others who are into smaller vans prefer the more affordable ones offered by competitors such as the Ford Transit Connect. The source noted that Mercedes… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class Vs Exotic Cars in a Drag Race

The Mercedes-Benz V-Class is just “meh” in its stock configuration. It only gets exciting when it is tuned for SEMA or turned into an RV. However, the people at GAD Motors found out that its engine bay is big enough to house AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, and that’s where this story gets more interesting. Recently, GAD installed a handcrafted AMG M117 engine in the van to boost its output from 190 hp to 585 hp. It’s the same unit possessed by the AMG C 63, E 63, GT 63, and G63. Then it received carbon-ceramic brakes to improve its braking, especially at high speeds. The suspension system of the auto… Continue Reading »

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