When Gemballa unveiled the GTP 700 tuning kit for the Porsche Panamera we didn’t payed much attention to it, as we saw it as just another kit for the luxury German sedan . After all, other than the 700 horsepower on tap, the kit did offer much else.
Well, it looks like Gemballa decided to prove us wrong in thinking this was "just another kit, as the new GTP 700 just became the fastest sedan in the world to weight over two metric tonnes (4,400 pounds).
After making its world debut at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, the new GTP700 was taken to the Nardo high-speed track for a test drive. Gemballa said that the record was an accident, because the car was not prepared in advanced for this achievement. It was just a customer-ready GTP 700, equipped with 22-inch wheels and checking in at 2,045 kg (4.508 pounds) — 2,225 kg (4,905 pounds) with the driver and the fuel included.
With this "equipment," the Panamera GTP 700 hit a top speed of 338.8 km/h (210.5 mph). Additionally. the GTP 700 can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 26.5 seconds.
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Would you trust Usain Bolt to run a new 100-meter world record in normal street clothes? Perhaps even with a smartphone in his hand and headphones in his ears? Probably not. But the car refiner GEMBALLA has managed a comparable feat with its GTP 700 approved for road use: At 338.8 km/h, the car, with a 700 HP/515 kW engine and based on the Porsche Panamera Turbo, is the fastest sedan with a weight of over two tons. The trade journals AUTO BILD, SPORTSCARS and Continental, have independently verified this speed. The truly special aspect about this performance is that unlike most other participants, the car that lined up to set a record on the high-speed track at Nardo was a customer version. The car had not been specifically prepared for the test, had a curb weight of 2,045 kg and a driving weight (including fuel and driver) of approx. 2,225 kg.
"The huge 22-inch wheels, unique to this car in the starting field of cars with a performance of more than 300 km/h, were entirely unaltered, as was the full equipment including rear-seat entertainment facility. In addition, the weight, the engine as well as the aerodynamics remained unchanged and were not adapted for this particular occasion," says Andreas Schwarz, CEO of GEMBALLA, who drove the car himself. "At GEMBALLA our customers can always rely on the motto ’What you see is what you get’, even in the case of a record-breaking attempt. For this reason, we specifically decided to drive at top speed in a car that can be used without further modifications in normal road traffic," explains Schwarz. GEMBALLA tests all executed performance boosters on their in-house test bed according to the very stringent EEC standard. "We don’t want to make exaggerated fantasy claims and instead seek to wow our customers with actual facts," says Schwarz. It’s therefore safe to assume that the acceleration values of the GTP 700 published by GEMBALLA are not just "smoke screens" but actually leave smoke trailing in their wake. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in 9.6 seconds and from 0 to 300 km/h in 26.5 seconds are values that are on a par with exceptional sports cars such as the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari.
GEMBALLA upholds similarly high standards in terms of bodywork and interior finishing. While the "tested" GTP 700 merely benefited from a performance boost and attractive cast-iron rims, the GEMBALLA MISTRALE, which is based on the Porsche Panamera, is presented with an elaborate aerodynamics package made of highly stable carbon fiber-reinforced plastic as well as with individual solutions for its interior design — created according to the most discerning standards of craftsmanship.