Gemballa GT based on the 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Article by Christian A., on September 25, 2012

The new GEMBALLA GT appearance package for the new 991 Carrera Cabriolet takes its appeal to a new level. This is the latest "air-cooled" 911 to offer the well-known flat-six soundtrack. The GEMBALLA GT aerodynamic package features a new, front bumper/spoiler section with three huge cooling air intakes, and big lip spoilers to offer more stabilizing downforce at speed.

The new front is visually connected to its rear counterpart through the organic lines of the front spoiler that extend into the deep side skirts. The new rear bumper/valance has a recessed panel that has strong top and bottom horizontal lines that emphasize the car’s width. At each end of the panel, there are upright reflector lights that offer a functional significance to its extremities.

In addition, the new composition makes the car have a more three-dimensional look when seen from this aspect. A diffuser is positioned between the distinctive triple outlet pipes of the GEMBALLA stainless steel exhaust system, which is inspired by the design of the exhaust of the iconic GEMBALLA Avalanche of the 1980s.

However, the 21st Century GEMBALLA has squared-off features instead of rounded tips. When equipped with the valve-operated sound control feature, the sports exhaust gets a deeper voice and so the car’s soundtrack seems to match its appearance very well. In alignment with the GEMBALLA’s principle of low weight and optimum quality, top grade carbon-fibre made in Germany is used for all the aerodynamic components.

Although the new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet features a styling quite similar to its predecessor's, it was able to don a new design idiom. This was made possible by its longer wheelbase and shorter overhang as well as by its harmonious proportions. The new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is lower than the 911 Carrera Coupé and the 911 Carrera S by 4 mm and 3 mm, respectively. Its front width is also greater than its predecessor by 61 mm, resulting to an agreeable silhouette. Likewise, the front track of the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet is around 52 mm wider than the previous model, allowing it to don a more dynamic and solid stance.

The front end of the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet is marked by new Bi-Xenon headlights as well as larger air intakes below them. The rear end, meanwhile, is as dynamic and good-looking as the face of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet – as defined in particular by a new wider rear spoiler that is located below the engine lid air intakes. The outer edge of the engine lid helps highlight the width of the cabriolet.

On the other hand, Porsche has redeveloped the top system of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet to make sure that it is as compact as possible. When stowed, the space above the engine allows for a flat rear section.

Meanwhile, Porsche has taken efforts to redesign – from the ground up -- the already lightweight body of the 911 Carrera Coupé and Cabriolet. Both the 911 Carrera Coupé and Cabriolet make use of a body made from aluminum and steel body, making them up to 60 kilograms lighter and much stiffer. Likewise, this body is now more rigid, as helped by a number of reinforcement elements.

For instance, fitted just between the B-pillars is a continuous side impact support strut that is made from ultra high-strength steel pillars. Door sill reinforcements and reinforcement pits are also made from ultra high-strength materials, thereby providing ample support for the side panel. In addition, the stabilizing components in the A and B-pillars are also made from ultra high-strength materials. Moreover, Porsche was able to increase the dynamic torsional rigidity of the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet by 18 percent, making them more comfortable to ride.

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