• Nov 4th 2008 at 10:57AM
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Click above for high-res galleries of each SEMA-fied Merc GLK

Today is a historic event. No, not that one. The 2008 SEMA show is the first time Mercedes-Benz has participated in the aftermarket antics in Vegas and it's chosen the GLK to be the standard-bearer for its entry into the realm of U.S. tuning.

Four concepts graced the stage last evening ahead of their debut at the show, each attempting to highlight the GLK's strong points while taking sharp aim at the buyers Mercedes hopes to bring into the tri-point fold.

The first, and arguably most extreme of the four, is the Urban Whip from Boulevard Customs, which turns the cute 'ute into a true roadster by removing every pillar aft of the windshield (cut down by 5.5 inches) and fitting a biggie-sized grille, three-inch wider track and 15-inch Brembo brakes eclipsed by 26-inch custom wheels. In addition to adding a 5,700-watt stereo, Boulevard shaved the door handles to keep the GLK's lines clean and installed a remote-opening mechanism into the mirrors.

Far more impressive and 10-times more menacing is the RENNTech Pikes Peak model that gets a "concept" turbo/hybrid V6 producing 375 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque to the wheels, massive brakes, a fully-caged interior, tons of race-ready equipment and a functional body kit and rear wing that's been virtually honed on a fluid dynamics system to produce downforce. According to RENNTech, it works... and we believe them.

Legendary Motor Cars (of SPEED Dream Car Garage fame) was tasked with creating a GLK that would take Xtreme (forgive us) sports addicts to the destinations they crave and allow them to test their predilection for suicide with a winch to drag them at 30 mph (!) up and over the Merc. In addition to side sills that extend out to provide grind rails, a ramp can be pulled out of the rear and a set of roof rails can be (theoretically) ground without fear of crashing through the sunroof (it's been swapped out with a plexiglass piece).

Finally, there's the Brabus GLK, which is the most subtle and easily most streetable of the four. A new fascia joins 21-inch wheels, redesigned fender flares and 500 sq-ft of brown leather that coats the entire interior, including the floors. In the tuner's own words, "It's black, fast and expensive. Everything a Brabus should be."

Check the galleries below for all the details, and we'd be remiss not to mention that the lovely ladies joining the GLKs are all wearing bathing suits pulled from Mercedes' sponsorship of Fashion Week.

Photos Copyright ©2008 Brad Wood / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The only thing worth looking at in these photos are the babes. The SUV's look like crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those girls are too chunky to be models, and shutup, the guy looks cool, call me what you want
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the blond in the red bikini, and the one in the black bikini and the other one with "a lot of colors" bikini.

      About the cars, cool, but I prefer the girls, ehehehhe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1 vote red

        1 vote black
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great work on the photos. Made me, uh, feel like I was there. I think everyone needs to back off these vehicles. Imagine the entertainment value of seeing some rich skater prick do a 30 mph faceplant into the windshield of his (dad's) overpriced Merc. Even I might pay a dollar to see that :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well i can safely say that for at least one of those cars, DO NOT WANT.

      Rock crawler? more like .... **** crawler! heeeey-ooooooo
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice headlights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I kept having to remind myself that I am looking at Mercedes and not Dodges. I think that they must have kept some of the Chryslers guys on staff, or it was the Mercedes guys who gave Dodge their current styling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wtf?!?! who would buy that or think they look good. I mean the GLK is ugly enough to begin with let alone with all that crap put on them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW, that's a lot of skin.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still don't like the Rock Crawler but I didn't see the other versions anymore. What happened to them?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's pretty sad when a vehicle is SO ugly you need to place barely-clothed women in front of them.

      Pass for the Women.
      Fail for the trucks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Brabus version's interior is awesome. Also, the steering wheel on the Renntech looks pretty cool too. Hell, I'm even impressed with the JL Audio install on the stupid "Urban Whip," although JL is way overpriced for what you get. Clean sub enclosure though.

      And wow, these girls are not that pretty for SEMA models...you guys must not get out to HIN much.
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