Archive for the ‘Gemballa’ Category
It’s been a while since we last heard from Gemballa, but like most tuners who’ve been around for as long as Gemballa has, these prolonged times out of the spotlight often lead to something worth waiting for. And so, the German tuner took its time to release its new program, but now here it is, the latest iteration of the Avalanche program that Gemballa has been building since 1985 for the Porsche 911. Gemballa’s extended experience with the 911 has yielded impressive results in the past, so it’s not at all surprising to see the latest member of that lineage come with plenty of aftermarket features, including power gains for the current-generation 911 amounting to an impressive 820 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. And that’s just the start of it because, well, it’s Gemballa.
True, the company has had some issues in the past, but none of those controversies has stopped it from being one of the best Porsche tuners in the business. That’s been the case then, and it continues to be the case with this new Avalanche program. You only need to take a look at the finished product to see how sophisticated this new program is. It has a rear wing and a rear spoiler, the exhausts look like jet turbines, and there’s even a GT-style fin at the back. How often do you see a Porsche 911 carrying a fin that big?
There’s obviously more this new Avalanche program than meets the eye. Most of the components on the exterior are more than just cosmetic upgrades. Even the interior has been dramatically altered, albeit for reasons that I’m going to expound on later. And let’s not forget about those massive 21-inch gold wheels. They’re a little tricky to pair on a car given their ostentatious look, but Gemballa makes it work, largely because of the aggressive aerodynamic bits that help jolt some intensity into the iconic Porsche nameplate.
In keeping with the tradition of its past programs, Gemballa’s new Avalanche kit for the Porsche 911 isn’t for the weak of bank accounts. But if anybody decides to make this rather extravagant splurge, it’s coming with a reworked Porsche 911 that borders on automotive insanity.
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When you bring up the name Gemballa, the most common automaker that can be associated with the tuner is Porsche. Browse through some of its programs and you’ll notice that just about every modern-day Porsche has been treated to a tuning program or two by the German aftermarket company. But Gemballa isn’t just all about the Porsches. It’s also built kits for BMWs and more recently, for McLarens, most of which were for the MP4-12C, or more commonly known these days as the 12C. Recently, Gemballa added a new McLaren into its portfolio and to no one’s surprise, it’s for the 12C’s successor, the 650S.
Aptly named the Gemballa GT similar to those past kits for the 12C, this new McLaren tuning program has a little bit of something for all facets of the 650S. There are aerodynamic modifications to the exterior, customizable interior upgrades, and an engine modification that adds more power to the existing amount already found in the 650S’s 3.8-liter turbocharged V-8 engine. In other words, it’s a typical tuning program for Gemballa. Or is it?
As you’ll find out in a bit, this kit offers something a little bit different than what the German tuner is used to producing. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing likely depends on what kind of changes a prospective client wants on his or her McLaren 650S. Some might like it. Some might not. Either way, it’s probably going to be the first of a handful of programs Gemballa has in store for the 650S. That much I can say at this point.
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When it comes to upgrading the looks of the Porsche Cayenne, which is no easy task, most tuner resort to ridiculously outlandish body kits because that seems like the obvious thing to do. They are now being schooled by this Gemballa Porsche Cayenne 958 series which shows the real beauty is in simplicity.
That said, it is clear that Gemballa has gone with this product for a more scary look than beauty in its more conventional sense. The car looks absolutely formidable, especially in this rich shade of black. The 958 version of Gemballa Porsche Cayenne aero kit consists of a massive chin spoiler with new fog lights, fender extensions, side skirts, side skirts and a roof spoiler. You notice they have refrained from overcooking it by adding a pointless tailgate spoiler or a vented bonnet.
The aero kit is complemented with a set of 22-inch Gemablla wheels in black, although you have other choices from the GT-Sport, GT-Sport R, and GT-Forged families. Other goodies include uprated spring and damper units for steel sprung cars, or a software upgrade for vehicles with the optional air suspension system, larger brake discs with Brembo calipers, and a sport exhaust system/ECU upgrade combo that increase the power of the Cayenne Turbo’s V8 engine to 550 horsepower.
Last but not least, Gemballa Porsche Cayenne can be order with a custom interior. The treatment includes a wide range of off-the-peg leather and Alcantara colors, Trim inserts in aluminum, stainless steel, carbon-fibre, wood, or even real diamonds! and high-end HiFi and entertainment systems.