What better way to launch a new car in the U.S. than by first showing the country outlandishly customized (and sometimes hideously butchered) versions of the car first? Four customized Mercedes GLK will make their way to the 2008 SEMA Show: Widestar, Urban Whip, Pikes Peak Rally Racer and Rock Crawler. This presentation also represents the GLK premiere on the North American market, where sales are scheduled to begin in January 2009.
The GLK Pikes Peak Rally Racer created by Renntech is inspired by the legendary Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado. The car comes with hybrid module that seems to be more geared for acceleration than green.
GLK Urban Whip was created by Boulevard Customs and features a significantly widened bodyshell, massive 26-inch wheels and a new on-board entertainment system.
The GLK Rock Crawler was designed by team at the Legendary Motorcar Company. Their creation features a winch system that can provide wakeboarders and snowboarders with assistance.
Brabus will bring the most conservative design, but that’s also because it is production ready .
The base vehicle for Boulevard Customs, Legendary Motorcar and RENNtech is the series production GLK350 with a 3.5 litre V6 engine generating 272 hp, while BRABUS opted for the diesel-driven GLK 320 CDI 4MATIC. The base versions of all models are equipped with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission.
Press release after the jump.