Brabus GLK Widestar based on the Mercedes-Benz GLK

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

The Brabus GLK Widestar represents Brabus' own take of the Mercedes-Benz GLK 300, blessing the German SUV with a number of elements that allow it to exhibit the refinement typical of Mercedes vehicles along with the agility and on-road prowess of sports cars. Just one glimpse at the Brabus GLK Widestar tells us about its imposing yet tough stance, mainly attributed to its Widestar bodyshell that has been extended by 50 mm and features integrated flared wheel arches that expand towards the front with special air intake fins.

Moreover, the Widestar bodyshell features specialized bumpers for the front and rear, side skirts and LED daytime running lights. It also features a roof spoiler with LED position lights and LED lighting units positioned above the front windshield. Completing the exterior look of the Brabus GLK Widestar is a black paint finish with extra depth of shine made possible by a special paint process.

According to Ulrich Gauffr, Head of Research and Development at BRABUS, it was an interesting challenge to make the already unique Mercedes GLK more fascinating. He noted that Brabus' Widestar kit highlights the characteristic edge of the original GLK-Class design, including the flared wheel arches that hug its 21-inch wheels wrapped in 295/30 ZR 21 tires. Moreover, it is complemented by a BRABUS chassis kit that lowers ride height by 30 mm as well as a high-performance brake system.

Serving as the core of the Brabus GLK Widestar is a modified V6 diesel engine derived from the 320 BlueTEC unit with AdBlue technology from other versions available in the United States. Thanks to the ECOPowerXtra tuning kit, this powerplant provides the Brabus GLK Widestar with up to 190 kW/258 hp of output and up to 610 Nm of torque, allowing it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 240 km/h.

While the Widestar is now more powerful and dynamic than a typical GLK, its emission rate is still within the standards in Europe (EU5) and in the US (BIN 5 / ULEV). Moreover, the Brabus GLK Widestar consumes an average of 8.4 liters of fuel per 100 km as per NEDC cycle. The exterior is not the only aspect that is impressive with the BRABUS GLK Widestar, as well as its modified interior. In fact, the interior of BRABUS GLK Widestar is wrapped in around 50 square meters of gentle, semi-aniline leather.

Additionally, the interior leather trim comes with diagonal stitching on the door panels, seating and the entire vehicle floor. Interestingly, the upper surfaces of the dashboard and door panels are wrapped in black leather to keep glare away from the windshield and side windows.

Also the alcantara upholstery of the roof lining comes in black, with ebony black wood trim. The cabin of the Brabus GLK Widestar also features DVD and seven-inch monitors mounted on the back of the front seats as well as an athletic steering wheel and aluminum sports pedals.

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