In the crush of big debuts at the Geneva Motor Show last week, there were a few entrants that got lost in the frenzied shuffle (read: “we forgot”). Most notable among them was the Brabus Mercedes-Benz GLK V8 and its unbelievably monstrous engine. Seemingly defying the laws of physics, Brabus managed to outfit their custom GLK with a 6.1L Brabus-treated version of the S500’s V8 unit, boosting output to a whopping 462-horsepower and 453 lb-ft of torque.
To feed the V8’s voracious appetite, Brabus also equipped the GLK with a bigger air intake and performance exhaust system. Now boasting a top speed of 172 mph, the beefier Brabus GLK makes the sprightly jump from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in a mere 4.9 seconds, leaving the SUV-driving-soccer-mom stigma lifeless in the dust.
Lending the Brabus GLK V8 a look to match its personality, Brabus also fine-tuned the suspension, lowering the GLK by 30mm to create the ultimate road-hugging experience. In keeping with Brabus tradition, the GLK V8’s interior was also equipped with several trademark-Brabus features, including logo-embossed custom leather seats and an extensive rear-seat entertainment system. Currently available for purchase, the Brabus GLK V8 retails for €198,200 EUR, which, given the current rate of exchange, roughly converts to $689 USD.