As you all know by now, the Mercedes-Benz GLK uses a modified C-Klasse platform, so both models are being manufactured on a single production line at the Bremen plant, in Germany. In the eyes of purists, this can only mean one thing: that the GLK is nothing but a C-Klasse T-Modell with all-wheel drive on stilts, therefore it shouldn't be called a real SUV.
Well, let's say that they are and they aren't right. First of all, by using a modified suspension that is closely related to a sedan, the GLK has a much better DNA for tackling the roads on which most users will drive the car. It's actually a crossover, not an all-out SUV. That doesn't mean that it will get stuck in the first muddy road it encounters. While having the right tires, of course.
The increased ride height is almost as big as on any modern SUV, albeit our test car has been lowered by Brabus a little bit in order to increase road-holding. The naturally-aspirated 6.1-liter V8 engine is a bespoke unit and it uses the M273 5.5-liter Mercedes-Benz V8 engine as a base. Instead of the already class-leading 388 horsepower and 530 Nm (390.9 lb ft) the original tri-star engine provides, the 6.1-liter Brabus powerplant delivers no less than 462 HP and 615 Nm (453.6 lb ft) of Earth-moving torque.
By correlating these numbers with a dry weight of 1880 kilograms (4144 pounds), the 5.2 seconds required to go from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) seem even more fantastic, while the 265 km/h (165 mph) top speed is nothing to be ashamed of. This is one mean machine.
The seven-speed 7 G-Tronic automatic transmission still uses an old-school torque converter but it can be locked in any gear and the gear shifting is almost seamless. Along with the humongous torque, this translates into both speed and comfort, no matter what gear you're in. Continue reading