lb-ft (electronically limited)
hp @ 5500 rpm
hp per liter
(from Brabus Press
Release) BRABUS GLK V12 = 322.3 km/h from 750 hp / 552 kW
The World’s Fastest Street-Legal SUV
Nardo, Italy, October 19, 2009: With a top speed of 322.3 km/h
(200.3 mph) the BRABUS GLK V12 sets a new speed record for
street-legal SUVs on the Italian high-speed test track. The
exclusive special model, powered by a twelve-cylinder twin turbo
engine with 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW, celebrates its world debut at
the DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW. BRABUS (www.brabus.com)
builds this high-performance automobile based on the Mercedes GLK-Class.
The BRABUS GLK V12 starts at 397,000 Euros MSRP.
The new BRABUS SV12 R Biturbo 750 engine was implanted in the small
engine bay of the GLK with meticulous precision. The engineers and
technicians drew upon their experience and know-how gathered from
the development and production of the special model BRABUS BULLIT,
based on the latest Mercedes C-Class.
The displacement engine, lubricated exclusively with ARAL Synthetic
motor oil, delivers 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW at 5,500 rpm and
produces a peak torque of 1,350 Nm (995 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm, limited
in the car electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).
To achieve this kind of performance, the engine – based on the
latest Mercedes 600 twelve-cylinder engine – was completely
re-engineered in the BRABUS engine department. Displacement is
increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters with the help of a special
crankshaft, larger cylinder bore, special pistons and piston rods.
In addition the three-valve heads are precision-machined and fitted
with special camshafts.
For maximum power yield the BRABUS engineers have developed a
special twin turbo system with two larger turbochargers and more
efficient intercoolers. Free-flow metal catalysts and a fully
stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system custom-tailored to
the GLK body let the BRABUS SV12 R 750 Biturbo engine breathe more
Custom-programmed engine electronics ensure an optimal symbiosis of
power yield, running smoothness and especially eco-friendly exhaust
emissions. Special mapping and OnBoard Diagnostics II result in
clean emissions that meet the strict requirements of the Euro IV
standard. The BRABUS GLK V12 is also equipped with the latest
driving dynamics systems such as ABS, ASR and ESP.
The enormous power is transferred to the rear wheels via a
reinforced five-speed automatic transmission and a BRABUS
limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent.
Together these measures make the BRABUS GLK V12 the fastest
street-legal SUV in the world. But it is not just the incredible top
speed of 322.3 km/h (211 mph) that are the basis for its
fascination. With an acceleration time from rest to 100 km/h (62
mph) of just 4.2 seconds and 12.8 seconds to 200 km/h (124 mph) the
five-door sets new standards for its kind.
BRABUS manages this extraordinary SUV performance with custom
modifications to aerodynamics, suspension and brakes.
The front apron of the BRABUS WIDESTAR version was developed in the
wind tunnel. Its large air dams provide radiators and front brakes
with ample cooling air. In combination with a carbon-fiber spoiler
lip the front apron also minimizes aerodynamic lift on the front
axle – a prerequisite for directional stability beyond 300 km/h (186
Favorable aerodynamic properties were also a top priority for the
design of the BRABUS WIDESTAR fender flares on front and rear axle.
They add five centimeters (two inches) to the width of the GLK.
Custom-tailored rocker panels create a smooth transition between
front and rear flares. The rocker panels feature LED lights in their
undersides that are activated via the keyless remote or by pulling
on a door handle. These lights illuminate the ground next to the SUV
for safe entering and exiting the vehicle in the dark.
In the rear the BRABUS roof spoiler reduces aerodynamic lift and
thus makes an important contribution to the excellent directional
stability of the world’s fastest SUV. The rear appearance of the
BRABUS GLK V12 is further characterized by the BRABUS rear apron
with its centrally located reflector. Custom-tailored cutouts on the
right and left side provide the perfect backdrop for the four
characteristically shaped tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel
sport exhaust system.
The larger wheel houses of the record car provide space for BRABUS
Monoblock wheels up to king-size wheels with a diameter of 22
inches. The size 10Jx22 wheels come in five different designs: GLK
V12 customers can choose from the new BRABUS Monoblock G five-spoke
forged wheels, three-piece Monoblock VI alloy wheels and one-piece
Monoblock E, Q and S wheels. High-performance tires from BRABUS
technology partners Pirelli and YOKOHAMA can be mounted up to size
295/25 ZR 22.
The BRABUS coilover sport suspension was developed specifically for
the twelve-cylinder SUV. It is height-adjustable on front and rear
axle and features ten selectable settings each for bound and
To handle the extreme performance the brakes were upgraded as well
and trimmed for maximum stopping power and endurance. The BRABUS
high-performance brakes system features 12-piston aluminum fixed
calipers and vented and grooved steel discs measuring 380 x 37
millimeters (15 x 1.5 inches) on the front axle. The rear axle stops
on six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and grooved 360 x
28 millimeter (14.2 x 1.1 inches) discs.
The interior of the GLK V12 was also refined to reflect the
exclusive character of this unique SUV: The GLK V12 comes with a
BRABUS fully leather interior that can be further refined with
Alcantara elements if desired. The interior appointments are rounded
out with an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, a speedometer
with 330-km/h (205-mph) scale and stainless-steel scuff plates with
illuminated BRABUS WIDESTAR logo.
Further exclusive interior highlights are wood trim sets or
carbon-fiber trim panels for dashboard, doors and center console in
any color imaginable. Custom-tailored consoles for the backs of the
GLK front seats provide the perfect multimedia experience. They each
feature an integrated seven-inch LCD screen and a DVD player.