Kicherer GL 42 Black Line based on the Mercedes-Benz GL 420 CDI

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

No one can every say that a SUV with a diesel engine is lacking in performance. KICHERER, known for tuning Mercedes cars, shows why this is so by recreating the Mercedes GL 420 CDI to its very own KICHERER GL 42 Black Line.

Since the engine control unit has been modified, the KICHERER GL is able to get extra power from its V8 engine which now has 360 hp with 900 Nm of maximum torque. In order to enjoy this additional performance, the electronic speed has been increased to 280 km/h.

Since the suspension has also been modified, it gives this SUV a sportier appearance. Even the accelerator pedal has been modified resulting in an optimized response and a more spontaneous engine operation.

All of these different technical improvements are accomplished with the two-pass sports exhaust system. The KICHERER GL thus has an off-road package to show that performance is indeed better.

These include having larger genders, running boards, roof-edge spoiler, grille, and black body trims, among many others. Rounding up the package are the 21-inch wheels with wide-base tires. The KICHERER GL also had some modifications like the sports steering wheel.

The interior trim is now made up of carbon. Leather covers much of the interior, encompassing even its roof. The different components can be bought separately or as part of the whole vehicle. The KICHERER GL is priced at 125,820 Euros.

Press Release

Kicherer Mercedes-Benz GL 42 Black Line

A SUV, and particularly one which is driven by a diesel engine, is not quite a lazy car. Mercedes tuner KICHERER shows how the Mercedes GL 420 CDI learns to fly in its recent reincarnation named KICHERER GL 42 Black Line.

The KICHERER GL draws its extended force resources from a modified engine control unit wrenching 360hp and a torque of 900Nm from the V8 engine. To make sure that this excess in performance may be properly enjoyed, the electronic Vmax limit has been raised to 280km/h. The suspension is electronically adjusted and comes up with a much sportier characteristic curve preventing the SUV from loosing its temper.

The accelerator pedal’s response behaviour, too, has been electronically optimised in order to make sure that the engine will release its performance more spontaneously. These technical modifications are brought to perfection by a two-pass sports exhaust system. To illustrate the increased motor activity visually, the KICHERER GL has been provided with an offroad package comprising, among other things, running boards, larger fenders, a new grille and a roof-edge spoiler as well as numerous black body trims.

A complete special edition 21“ wheelset with wide-base tyres is the cherry on top. Inside the car, KICHERER drivers will enjoy a sports steering wheel, trim parts made of genuine carbon as well as a complete leather equipment covering even the roof interior and many other elements. All tuning components are sold singly or are already integrated in a complete vehicle.

The test car price of the GL 42 Black Line is 125,820 Euros.

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