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2022 Gemballa Supercar

2022 Gemballa Supercar

The German Porsche tuning specialist is aiming high and it wants to enter the supercar niche with its own recipe

Whenever a company announces plans to build a supercar, be it Dyson, Hennessey Performance, Rimac, Zenvo, or in this case, Gemballa, eyebrows are bound to be raised. Embarking on the journey of building a supercar from scratch, regardless of how much experience one such company may possess is, if you will, the ultimate marathon in the car industry. At the same time, running a marathon can have three possible outcomes: you either finish it, you don’t, or best-case scenario, you end up winning it, of course. Wanting to build, or better said, create a supercar from a blank sheet of paper is pretty much the same. But Gemballa thinks it has what it takes.

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2017 Porsche 911 Avalanche By Gemballa

2017 Porsche 911 Avalanche By Gemballa

There’s a steep price to pay to get the 911 fitted with the newest Avalanche program

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.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Avalanche by Gemballa

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2016 McLaren 650S by Gemballa

2016 McLaren 650S by Gemballa

German tuner introduces itself to the MP4-12C’s successor

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.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider Gemballa GT by Gemballa

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider Gemballa GT by Gemballa

Last year, German tuner, Gemballa, returned to the Geneva Motor Show with a number of aftermarket offerings, one of which was for the McLaren MP4-12C.

This year, Gemballa is headed back to Geneva, and low and behold, it has another McLaren MP4-12C that it’s bringing to the show, only this time, it’s the MP4-12C Spider.

Should anybody look for a more individual twist to the mighty British supercar, Gemballa has the answer in the form of its GT package for the 12C Spider. Just like the program for the coupe version, the 12C Spider features a carbon fiber aero kit of which the most significant components appear to be new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, new tailpipes, a logo kit and a new set of 21-inch Gemballa GForged-one wheels available in either "black magic," "gunmetal,” or an individual color of the customer’s choosing.

Inside, the modifications aren’t all that plenty either. There’s the usual leather and Alcantara upholstery, as well as instrument dials that customers can also have customized in colors of their choice.

No performance upgrades were announced, so don’t expect to see any when the MP4-12C Spider Gemballa GT makes its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Should you find the program suitable to your tastes, you can pick it up for a pretty steep price of €47,166, which is about $62,000 based on current exchange rates.

UPDATE 05/17/13: A fresh batch of photos of Gemballa’s McLaren MP4-12C Spyder have been released. Check it out by clicking on the gallery below!

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2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet GT by Gemballa

2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet GT by Gemballa

Porsche tuner extraordinaire Gemballa knows Porsche models like the back of their hand. So it comes as no surprise that Gemballa’s latest program, one involving the 911 Cabriolet, is a sight to behold.

Now, the truth of the matter is, their program is exclusively an aerodynamic package; no performance mods on this one. But that’s ok, because they did such a wonderful job with the bodykit that you’ll barely notice its lack of improved performance.

Constructed mainly out of carbon fiber, Gemballa’s GT package for the 911 Cabriolet includes an aggressive front bumper with three large air intakes and an integrated spoiler. It also has deep side skirts, a new rear bumper that comes with vertical reflectors, and a lower section with outlets. These outlets are present to accommodate six tailpipes that are part of the new sport exhaust system with valve control. Finally, the 911 Cabriolet has been fitted with a new set of 21" GForged-one alloy wheels that can be specified in a choice of two finishes - diamond cut or gunmetal.

For the whole program, customers will have to shell out €19,860, which is about $26,000 based on current exchange rates. Customers must then add €9,895 ($13,000) for the tire set-up.

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2012 Bugatti Veyron Sang Gemballa Blue by Gemballa Racing and Cam Shaft

2012 Bugatti Veyron Sang Gemballa Blue by Gemballa Racing and Cam Shaft

Gemballa Racing’s McLaren MP4-12C GT3 had its racing baptismal at the German ADAC GT Masters Series and as a way of paying tribute to their very first racing machines, Gemballa decided to commission the help of the fine folks over at Cam Shaft for a special dress up on a Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir.

The unique wrap made by Cam Shaft gave the Veyron Sang Noir a pretty intense look, combining Gemballa’s noted blue color trim with glow-in-the-dark lightning graphics and matching brand logos plastered all around the car. The specially-wrapped Veyron Sang Noir doesn’t carry any performance modifications because the car only served the purpose of being a promo vehicle for the Gemballa’s new racing team.

Whether they have plans of building a Veyron race car in the future, though, is a totally different subject...

As a quick tangent to the guys over at Cam Shaft, you might recall some of their previous offerings, particularly the Lamborghini Koi Camouflage, which we showed you in November 2011.

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2012 Porsche Cayenne 958 GT Aero 1 Kit by Gemballa

2012 Porsche Cayenne 958 GT Aero 1 Kit by Gemballa

German tuner, Gemballa, has brought an interesting styling package for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel to Geneva, dissuading the notion that a practical daily driver can’t be turned into a mean and aggressive road runner.

In essence, that’s what Gemballa was going for when they went to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to show off their subtle yet stylish GT Aero 1 modular styling package. Known as one of the best carbon fiber aerodynamic kit builders in the world, Gemballa’s AERO 1 components are direct replacements for the original parts, and fit to the factory mounting points, which means that if the owner wants to return his Cayenne to its stock looks, he can do so without hampering any of the other body components.

Included in the AERO 1 package is a new front bumper and spoiler, which gives the SUV a more sporting appearance. In addition, the package also has new side skirts, a deeper rear bumper, and a new set of 22" ultra-light, forged alloy wheels.

Despite the minimal modifications, the AERO 1 conversation is only the beginning of what’s shaping up to be a comprehensive program for the second-generation Cayenne. To that, we can expect more out of these guys, with a full body kit already in the works to go with performance modifications.

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2012 Porsche 911 Gemballa GT by Gemballa

2012 Porsche 911 Gemballa GT by Gemballa

Porsche has always been Gemballa’s favorite automaker, having done plenty of programs for the German brand. And now that Porsche has released the new 911, it was only a matter of time before Gemballa got their hands on one.

So with the new 911 Carrera in their possession, Gemballa set out to create an even more individual appearance for the iconic sports car, one that features a comprehensive aero kit and an impressive performance upgrade.

The Gemballa GT kit is exclusively made from light and strong carbon fiber and includes a new front bumper, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper. All these components have been designed along modular lines so that in the event Gemballa decides to add even more components to the car, they can do so without having to change any of the existing kits installed. Rounding off the exterior modifications are a new set of 21" ultra-light forged alloy wheels, which ironically lessens the overall weight of the wheel set-up despite being bigger than the stock 19" wheels on the Carrera and 20" wheels on the Carrera S.

“Lowering the unsprung weight despite going up a wheel size was a priority," explained Gemballa CEO Andreas Schwarz.

For the engine upgrade, Gemballa added its own exhaust system, complete with six distinctive outlet pipes to help the 911’s respective 340-horsepower 3.4 and 400-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six engines breathe more easily, allowing for increased performance capabilities for the legendary Porsche sports car.

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2012 McLaren MP4-12C Gemballa GT by Gemballa

2012 McLaren MP4-12C Gemballa GT by Gemballa

German tuner Gemballa is returning to the auto show scene with a specially designed McLaren MP4-12C. Called the Gemballa GT, this British super car is different from the Gemballa GT3 that they previewed late last year and also the first non-Porsche model to be badged with the ’GT’ monicker. It was given a noticeable aesthetic upheaval that Gemballa CEO Andreas Schwarz says will improve on the MP4-12C’s otherwise "generic look" and "imbue some of the missing emotion" that the supercar should have possessed in the first place.

"Our starting point is an aerodynamic styling kit and ultra-light forged alloy wheels, and we are developing an engine upgrade programme as well," Schwarz said.

For now, the Gemballa GT possesses a new aero kit that consists of a new front bumper and spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear apron, and a small rear wing, all of which are proudly German made and were built with the purpose of improving the MP4-12C’s high-speed stability. They are fitted to the factory mounting points so the original bodywork is not compromised.

Rounding out the exterior changes are a new set of 20" forged alloy wheels at the front and 21" sets at the rear, both of which were designed to fill the arches and give the supercar a more muscular stance, while further increasing mechanical grip.

According to Gemballa, the performance modifications done on the MP4-12C are still under development, but rest assured, it’s going to be something akin to what we expect these guys are capable of.

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2012 Porsche Panamera Mistrale by Gemballa

2012 Porsche Panamera Mistrale by Gemballa

In 2011, German tuner, Gemballa, presented us with their new tuning program for the Porsche Panamera. Called the Mistrale, the modified luxury Porsche saloon was nothing short of remarkable. This year, those guys are headed back to Geneva with a reworked Mistrale, one that comes with a slight bump in horsepower from last year’s model.

Aesthetically, the Mistrale’s aerodynamic program appears to remain intact with all the major external carbon fiber body components still present in the project. The carbon fiber bonnet is still there, as are the doors, the front wings, and the front and rear bumpers. Moreover, the Mistrale still sports a set of lightweight 22" forged alloy wheels.

The main difference between this new model and last year’s version is that the former comes with improved performance numbers. Gemballa still has a two-stage engine update available for the car with Stage 1 taking the Panamera’s twin-turbo V8 engine all the way up to 610 horsepower and 626 lb/ft of torque. Stage 2 is where the improvement lies, from the 700 horsepower and 737 lb/ft of torque numbers up to 721 horsepower.

More information about the 2012 Gemballa Mistrale should be made available when Gemballa presents the car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

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2012 McLaren MP4-12C by Gemballa Racing Team

2012 McLaren MP4-12C by Gemballa Racing Team

After an eventful 2010 year that saw their founder kidnapped and killed in South Africa, 2011 has been a relatively quiet year for German tuning company, Gemballa.

The new brass over at Gemballa is determined to turn over a new leaf and investor, Steffen Korbach, is initiating a new chapter in the company’s history by starting a new Gemballa racing team that hopes to begin competing in the 2012 motor racing season. With a new team in hand, Korbach wanted a car that can be competitive from the get-go and they seemed to have found it in a pair of McLaren MP4-12C GT3 models.

"We deliberately went for the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 for our motor sport commitment, because we think the car has enormous potential to be among the season’s leaders," Korbach said.

Powered by the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine found on the production version, the MP4-12C GT3 comes with a de-tuned output of only 500 horsepower at a limited 7,500rpm. The engine is then mounted to the car’s carbon fiber MonoCell chassis and tuned to racing specifications.

In addition to scoring a pair of MP4-12C GT3s, Korbach also tapped race vet, Sascha Bert, to serve as team manager with the names of prospective drivers scheduled to be announced soon.

UPDATE 12/27/12: The Gemballa Racing Team McLaren MP4-12C is now on sale for an "affordable" price of just €350,000, which is around $460,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2011 Gemballa Mistrale

2011 Gemballa Mistrale

In the process of rebuilding their tuning empire after the devastating loss of Gemballa founder, Uwe Gemballa, the company has arrived at the 2011 Top Marques Monaco with two new packages: the Tornado based on the new Cayenne and the 2011 Mistrale based on the Panamera sedan. Both models are defined by the most impressive design, cutting edge technology and the finest materials.

For the Mistrale, Gemballa is offering two stages of engine updates. In stage one, the twin-turbo V8 engine has been tuned to deliver 610 HP and a peak torque of 626 lbs-ft. Stage two takes power to a more incredible 700 HP and 737 HP. This significant output is achieved through the use of larger turbochargers, a modified intake system, high efficiency intercoolers, sports exhaust, free-flow catalytic converters and bespoke ECU remapping.

"We have significantly reduced weight, but without compromising strength, safety or comfort," explained Andreas Schwarz, CEO of GEMBALLA GmbH. "Rather than cutting into the steel panels and bonding on new parts, as is common in the aftermarket industry, we completely replace entire panels with bespoke carbon-fiber ones that use the original mounting points," he said. "These new panels, which include the bonnet, front wings, doors, front and rear bumper/valance, save a total of 70kg."

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