2017 Gemballa Avalanche Porsche 911 (991) Turbo is all about power

Article by Christian A., on March 15, 2017

Stuttgart-based Gemballa has officially unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show its very own version of the Porsche 911 (991), the designation of the seventh generation of the 911.

Those familiar with this tuning may say that this is nothing new as Gemballa has long been giving the Avalanche treatment to the 911 going all the way back to 1985 when Porsche came out with the 930. So what is causing all the excitement then?

Well, for starters, Gemballa was able to wrest an additional power from the biturbo six-cylinder 3.8-liter engine of the base model. That extra power amounted to 280 hp (209 kW) giving the 2017 Gemballa Porsche 911 Turbo a total output of 820 hp (603 kW). That’s not all as the tuning company was also able to get additional torque of 214 lb.-ft. (290 Nm), thus effectively making the new maximum torque at 700 lb.-ft. (950 Nm).

It goes without saying that to make this possible, the engineering needed to implement certain substantial changes on the stock engine. In fact, looking at the engine, it is clear that almost everything has been upgraded. This is in addition to putting in new turbochargers and fitting in customized intake manifolds. A high-performance air filter has been installed as well with the cylinder heads being modified. The changes were not limited to the engine as the added power also meant that the gearbox would have to be also enhanced.

Once the team was satisfied with the amount of power, the next step was to bring in the adjustable sport chassis plus the 21-inch forged wheels fitted with the 255/30 ZR21 tires in the front with the 325/25 ZR21 tires for the rear.

The design needed to be changed as well as it has to show the additional power available under the hood. Thus the track at the front was made wider by 2.4 inches (62 mm) with the rear track experiencing a 3.9-inch (100 mm) increase. Further, certain parts are composed of carbon fiber to ensure that the weight remains to be low. The addition of the customized side skirts meanwhile improves the aerodynamics similar to the wing placed at the rear. Its exhaust system is also able to handle all the power especially with the four end pipes.

That said, this latest offering from Gemballa would be a genuine Avalanche without the refined interior. A number of areas on the surfaces come in the two-tone white and black leather upholstery with the Alcantara highlights. There are also some touches of carbon fiber here and there to give it that added flair.

The new Avalanche is priced at €389,600 (around $411,748) and does not include VAT. This is clearly a lot more expensive than the 991 Turbo which comes at a price of €174,669, and that already includes the VAT of 19%.

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