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Gemballa 2011 Porsche Cayenne

Gemballa 2011 Porsche Cayenne

This week Gemballa revealed the tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle. Based on the Cayenne II 958, the all-new Gemballa Tornado offers an increased power and a different exterior look. The SUV will be equipped with the Stage Two power pack which raises the engine’s output by 35-40%, reaching 675 hp – 700 hp. With this tuning program, the Cayenne is estimated to offer an incredible torque of 1000 Nm. In order to safely handle all that power under the hood, the engineers at Gemballa have equipped the SUV with Brembo brakes that have 420 mm vented discs with 6-pot calipers for the front wheels and 405 mm vented discs and 4-pot calipers for the rear wheels.

The car now rides on 10.0J x 22-inch rim that have 295/35 ZR22 tires at the front and 12.0J x 22-inch wheels with 335/30 ZR22 tires at the rear of the Cayenne-based Gemballa Tornado. The wide body kit of the car has now increased to 2.05m in width and it is manufactured from carbon fiber. Also new are the rear lights of this car which have been entirely redesigned.

This tuning program for the Cayenne is the first product of GEMBALLA GmbH and according to the CEO of the company, Andreas Schwarz “Carbon-fiber is a high strength, low weight structural material that needs to be used honestly, and not just for decoration”.  Other than the roof panels, hatchback and the steel body-in-white rear quarter, all the other steel body components have been replaced by carbon-fiber equivalents.

The engineers at Gemballa managed to shave off 70 kg from the original version by adding a carbon-fiber bonnet, doors, side still covers, rear hatch outer skin and front/rear bumper/valance. All of these new panels use the factory mounting points. Despite these significant changes in comparison to the original Porsche Cayenne, the security-related features like the door side impact protection or the passenger safety have not been altered in any way. Also, the high level of comfort of the Cayenne is still there, according to the Gemballa press release.

Gemballa 2011 Porsche Cayenne

Looking at the 2011 Gemballa Porsche Cayenne sport utility vehicle from the front, you will notice the large grille which is flanked by the two smaller ones, all of them offering the necessary amount of ram air for the two stages of uprated, twin-turbocharged power units. Beside the fog lights, Gemballa installed the brake cooling ducts. The matte black visible carbon finish was used on the redesigned tail panel and rear corners of the Cayenne. The recessed surfaces available in matte finish visible carbon offer the Tornado a stronger sculpted appearance, similar to the Avalanche GTR.

All of the four disc brakes of the car are cross-drilled and slotted; and were designed and manufactured exclusively for the company in these sizes. The Stage One tuning program for the 2011 Porsche Cayenne developed by Gemballa offers a total engine power of 580 hp and the Tornado will be fitted with the Stage Two program which will offer between 675 and 700 hp. This model will celebrate 30 years of activity for the Gemballa brand.

There is no information at the moment regarding the price of the Stage Two program, but what we do know is that Gemballa will be making only 30 of these cars, so grab one while you still can.

Gemballa is revived under new leadership

German tuning company Gemballa has been revived, after its founder, Uwe Gemballa, went missing at the beginning of the year, leaving the tuner in a lot of financial trouble.

The company is under a new ownership, led by CEO Andreas Schwarz and investor Steffen Korbach.

Things are already going back to normal, as the former showroom of Gemballa, in Leonberg, Germany, has been refurbished. 22 employees are already working on tuning kits for exotic models like the Porsche Cayenne or the Panamera. The company will also see the development of dedicated Gemballa products, along the lines of the Gemballa MIG-U1, which was based on the Ferrari Enzo.

So, if you had an exotic supercar in your garage just aching for a tuning treatment, you can rest assured that Gemballa will gladly take your money.


Tuning company Gemballa shuts down, founder still missing

Germany has no shortage of tuning companies, but one of the most popular was definitely Gemballa, with a history of over 30 years in customizing mainly Porsche models but also dabbling in Ferrari work.

As you might have heard, at the beginning of the year, the company’s founder and CEO, Uwe Gemballa, had gone missing in South Africa. It seems that he went there in search of new investors for his future projects, and also visited Abu Dhabi before going to the African nation.

After quite a few months of searching, local police have found nothing to indicate his whereabouts. Sadly, it now seems he might not have anything to come back to, as the Gemballa company has been closed down by German authorities after becoming incapable of paying its own employees, effectively going bankrupt.

We still can’t say for sure if Mr. Gemballa’s disappearance was premeditated or not, but we will certainly miss the great tuning and customization projects his company released over the years.


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Gemballa’s Ferrari Enzo-based Mig-U1 gets detailed

Quick, look outside the window! If you see a Ferrari Enzo in your driveway, then I’ve got some bad news for you: 399 people drive the same car as you these days. Luckily, the guys at Gemballa have got just the thing: the Mig-U1 performance and appearance package for your Italian hypercar.

This special treatment for the Enzo takes it closer to the FXX track car, and adds things like a roof scoop, jet-thruster surrounds for the exhaust or black alloy wheel, alongside the widebody kit which boasts a revamped nose, a ducted hood, more vents and gills in the fenders, plus the huge rear wing. All of these changes on the outside do have a purpose, as the Mig-U1 now has an addition 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of downforce in the front and 187 pounds (85 kg) at the back.

On the inside, you’ll be treated to black leather and red Alcantara, complete with rosso piping and stitching, as well as a revamped center console which houses a seven-inch touchscreen, conencting you to the navigation, DVD changer and the 950-watt sound amplifier.

One of the most important packs of this package is the performance enhancements that Gembella added to the Enzo. The Mig-U1 now outputs, thanks to a few changes made to the ECU and a new exhaust system, around 700 HP, as opposed to the standard 651 HP.

No pricing details were given, but until you can save up the money, enjoy the photo gallery with the Gemballa Mig-U1 below.

Photo Gallery: Gemballa Mig-U1


750 hp Gemballa Mistrale based on the Porsche Panamera

German company Gemballa has been for creating some scary beasts based on Porsche models, like the Avalanche or the Tornado. And now they’re back, with the Gemballa Mistrale, a 750 hp monster based on the new Porsche Panamera.

The first thing you notice about the car is its appearance, Gemballa showing a more agressive body kit, with more sporty front skirt, larger air inlets, integrated carbon lip, restyled bonnet with slotted ventilation ducts, extended front and rear fenders and newly designed rear apron with integrated diffuser. All aerodynamics components are made of ultra-light and high-strength material carbon and the package is completed by a new sport exhaust with four end pipes and ultra-light 22-inch forged rims.

Under the hood, Gemballa offers powerful performance enhancements up to 750 hp for different serial engines. To handle all that power, the German tuner also made some changes to other components of the car, such as the newly programmed air suspension module with extended setting range which lowers the center of gravity by 40 milimetres and a high-performance brake system.

Photo Gallery: Gemballa Mistrale based on the Porsche Panamera


Gemballa Tornado 750 GTS: the 750 hp beast based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

My God, have you ever seen something more terrifying? And I’m not sure if it’s in a good or a bad way. I mean, imagine cruising down the highway and spotting this thing in your mirrors. Must be pretty scary. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love this, the Gemballa Tornado 750 GTS. Based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the car features an impressive and extremely aggressive body kit, with a front apron extended by 60 mm with integrated aero lip, extensive air inlets, a completely new bonnet which opens forward, body extensions mounted all the way from the front to the rear, new side skirts, rear skirt extended by 40 mm, race diffuser and new rear spoiler with carbon flanks, the exterior package being completed by huge 22-inch GT SPORT forged rims. All the body parts are made of carbon fiber, which means the whole car is 250 kg lighter than the serial Cayenne, which of course means performance figures go through the roof.

The main upgrade which was made to the V8 engine is the increase of its displacement, up to 5 liters. By using fortified forged pistons, special connecting rods, racing turbochargers, larger air intercooler and new engine electronics maps, the Gemballa engineers managed to squeeze 750 hp (552 kW) at 6,400 rpm and a max torque of 1,050 Nm at 3,200 rpm. This means the Tornado sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds and its top speed goes over 300 km/h (186 mph).

There’s no point in describing the interior, you have to look at the photos to see what they did there. So, what do you think about the car? Is it hot or it makes you feel sick? Oh, and before you answer that, we forgot to tell you there will only be 50 units made and each one’s price starts from 400,000 Euros ($522,000).

Photo Gallery: Gemballa Tornado 750 GTS


Gemballa GTR700 Tornado based on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The Gemballa GTR700 Tornado is the German tuner’s latest tuning program for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and either you like it, either you hate it, don’t think there’s a middle way. Besides the ultra aggressive body kit, available in different colors, customers get a 700 hp engine, 4WD, panoramic roof and multimedia package. And, because a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ll let you enjoy more photos, after the jump.


Gemballa Avalanche GT2 650 EVO R based on the Porsche 911

Yeah, we know it’s a tough one to remember, but that’s the name of Gemballa’s latest “toy”, based on the Porsche 911. And if you’re troubled by its name, wait and see what it packs. Because Gemballa’s latest creation is simply a beast. They’ve taken the GT2, and pumped it up to 650 bhp, resulting a car that goes from 0 to 100 km/h (60 mph) in 3.3 seconds and to 200 km/h (125mph) in under 10 seconds.

Hehe, pretty impressive, huh? But you thought that’s all? No, no, no…Gemballa also created a 750 bhp version of the same GT2, that has about the same acceleration and a top speed of 336 km/h (208mph).

And if that’s not enough, the lucky owners of this little “beasts” will get exclusive interior and exterior fittings.