Technically, the Mercedes-Benz GLK is not a hardcore off-roader, so its main playground is most likely in a busy city, since that's where most of its potential customers live. Not a bad car for that, since its overall size isn't that great and you can squeeze among other cars pretty easily in heavy traffic. The problem is that we're not talking about your average GLK here, but about a heavily mutated one.
From a rather civil compact crossover, Brabus has transformed it into a beastly machine with V8 power. Let's summarize here. We're talking about an all-wheel drive compact crossover with a 6.1-liter V8 that produces 462 horsepower and that can reach 265 km/h (165 mph). In other words, this not exactly the best city roamer out there.
We got the chance to experience for a short time how the Brabus GLK V8 feels in the small German town of Bottrop (Brabus' HQ) and in nearby Duisburg. Until then we had already learned that the upgraded sports suspension is not as stiff as you might expect, so comfort at low speeds shouldn't have been compromised. Truth is though, the 295/35 R22 tires aren't best suited to shield passengers from imperfections found on the driving surface.
You can practically feel every bump or crack in the pavement, no matter how small it is, and even on the rather smooth German roads we experienced the car on. It doesn't make you completely uncomfortable but you sure pay a bit more attention to “sleeping policemen” before a pedestrian crossing or when trying to park on a curb.
The official fuel consumption figures aren't as insane as you might originally think by looking at the performance and weight figures though. Brabus is actually so optimistic on this chapter that they say the GLK V8 only uses 10,7 l/100km (US 22 mpg) in urban driving. During our short test drive we didn't manage to drop below 15 liters per 100 kilometers (US 15.7 mpg) in very low traffic conditions.
Other than the somewhat compromised comfort at lower speeds and the mildly high fuel consumption we didn't find too many bad points in owning a Brabus GLK V8 exclusively for strolling around town though. For example, visibility during driving and parking is better than average, thanks to the huge rear view mirrors, the commanding driving position, the rear view camera and the front and rear parking sensors with intelligent display.
In other words, despite the rather extensive performance modifications, the GLK remains completely civil to be driven even in urban areas, even though a crowded city might prove to be full of atypical driving conditions for the car in question.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Well, if it isn't this a proper richguymobile. Isn't it? I mean, it absolutely scream "gangsta" from twenty blocks aways – but literally and figuratively. The Brabus GLK V8 in this color and with those oversized rims should totally appear as center stage in an MTV hip hop video, don't you agree?
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