Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip Concept to debut at SEMA

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

Highlighted by the obvious truth that it has no roof, the new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept has been made more appealing and more enticing by its custom-built wide-body kit, which was designed in partnership with RoBrady Design.

This comes with the fact that the original brief demanded a design that retains the GLK's structural reliability. Just as soon as Boulevard sent models of its roadster concepts to Mercedes-Benz USA, it got the green light right away.

In collaboration with NBS Performance, Boulevard removed the roof, lowered the windshield height and then placed the essential structural bracing to create a roadster with apparent modifications to the door tops and pillars.

The roadster's wide-body kit is given a more urban smooth design. Boulevard collaborated with Superior Auto Body to equip the concept with bumpers, side skirts and fender flares as well as a modified grille. Moreover, the new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept comes with chrome mesh and hand-crafted highlights courtesy of STRUT.

While the concept's front headlamps still feature their factory looks, the factory bulbs have been replaced by special LED units. On the rear, the lights have been given a smoked treatment. The new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept is now also lower by up to 64 mm thanks to the use of custom lowering springs.

On the other hand, the new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept sits on 26-inch Asanti AF 150 chrome wheels -- with custom black highlights -- wrapped in 295/25 ZR26 Pirelli Scorpion tires. Delivering the needed stopping power is a Brembo performance brake kit that includes 381mm two-piece floating rotors and eight-pot calipers on the front, as well as 344mm two-piece floating rotors and four-piston calipers on the rear.

Using top Mercedes performance variants as inspiration for the interior, Boulevard collaborated with Mark Kraus and John Lancaster to create a cabin with an individual appearance. Inside, the new Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept features a black-and-white color scheme as well as a design that incorporates both perforated and diamond-stitched leathers.

The interior is also laden with ebony black wood grain trim as well as a custom steering wheel and shift knob. Moreover, the Mercedes-Benz GLK Urban Whip roadster concept features a rear compartment that accommodates passengers through twin hand-crafted bucket seats.

Interestingly, the concept roadster features an intense custom stereo system courtesy of JL Audio. Featuring 8 HD amps, this audio system could generate over 5,700 Watts of pure sound power channeled through the ZR component speakers and subwoofers as well as six new JL Audio 13TW5 flat subwoofers. Two of the subwoofers were installed in the rear of the Urban Whip using a custom-made clear acrylic tube.

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