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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  (599) posted on 05.29.2012

It has an effective aerodynamics. I wish I can see this on race tracks and road ways.

  (727) posted on 03.16.2012

This is first time I see Gemballa tuning an automotive from a different manufacturer. Are they going to enhance the speed of this Mc Laren?

  (531) posted on 03.14.2012

Ah, but it is so easy to tune this since it’s already powerful. Then again, this is Gemballa; it must be going for the speed improvement.

  (714) posted on 03.12.2012

Nice job, McLaren! The model you really chose is the finest brand in the automotive industry.

  (197) posted on 03.12.2012

Gemballa aimed for an increase in speed, and it seems like they really are professionals in this expertise. The aerodynamics and such other added features would be of great aid to its boosting performance. Furthermore, because of its sleek exterior design, this would truly create a vision of a swift drive.

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