GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
A ‘standard’, 540bhp Porsche 911 Turbo is already quite indecently fast out of the box. If cars came in boxes. It’ll happily launch from 0-62mph in three seconds flat, and rock on to a top speed of 199mph, where permitted of course.
So what Gemballa has achieved here is nothing short of frightening. Internet, today we bring you a small bit of news about a big bit of car: meet the Gemballa ‘Avalanche’. That name referencing the effect its acceleration will likely have on the environment.
For this modified Porsche 911 Turbo (honestly, who modifies a 911 Turbo?), packs a whopping 809bhp. Which is an entire Peugeot 308 GTI more powerful than a regular Porsche 911 Turbo. If you’re fond of big torque, then you will be pleased, because it has Big Torque: 709lb ft.
“The Gemballa Avalanche is an indefinable creation of engine sounds, power and acceleration to blast you across the horizon,” explains Gemballa, and we’re frightened. And though no acceleration or top speed figures have been quoted, well, you don’t have to guess too hard.
There’s literally no more information other than that which you have just read, and the two rather purple renders you have just seen. You’ll spot the new bonnet, front bumper arrangement, new wheels, new exhausts, and, um, what we think is a rear wing but could very well end up being some kind of inter-planetary communications system.
Ah, there is one more snippet. The Avalanche - so named after Gemballa’s original 1984 Porsche 911 Turbo with 385bhp - will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month, joined by another similarly-powered sibling. “We will be presenting two supercars in Geneva,” explains Gemballa boss Steffen Korbach, “the Gemballa Avalanche and Gemballa GTR 780 Evo-R, which both set new standards in performance and style.”
Cryptically, he added that both cars are “set to break some records”. Hmm…
Can’t wait for Porsche to launch GT4 and Spyder versions of its new Cayman and Boxster? Fear not, as TechArt’s got your back.
Now, TechArt is not a tuning company known for subtle, smooth modifications of Porsche products. We point you to this Cayenne.
But its first take on the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster is actually quite tasteful, at least to our eyes. And we’d argue this pair doesn’t look far off how GT4 and Spyder versions of Porsche’s latest mid-engined cars might appear, if and when they arrive.
Betwixt seats and spoiler is not a howling six-cylinder like GT4s and Spyders of old, though, but the new four-cylinder turbo engine that’s been attracting so much flak in the standard 718 models.
TechArt has had its spanners out, mind. So the 2.5-litre flat-four gains a powerkit, which takes its peak outputs to 395bhp and 354lb ft, respective climbs of 50bhp and 44lb ft over a standard Porsche 718 S. That means a generous 0.7sec slicing from the 0-62mph time, to a claimed 3.9sec, and a higher 184mph top speed.
Ensuring the bark matches the bite is a new titanium exhaust system, with carbon tips. Alongside an assertive aerokit, 30mm ride height drop and new 21in alloy wheels, it all adds up to a pair of cars that are significantly punchier to look at than standard.
Inside, the garish, Stabilo highlighter flourishes of these show cars might be a tad extreme for some. But the beauty of tuners like this is that you can hone the car’s design to your own tastes. Get some smaller wheels and keep the colour scheme one-dimensional and we’re on board with these tuned 718s.
What are your thoughts?
Lumma Design is no stranger to the pages of TopGear.com. We have described its BMW X6 as ‘retina-searing’ and its Jaguar F-Pace as ‘Premiership footballer-friendly’. So what, pray tell, should we make of this, its modified Bentley Bentayga?
Due for an unveiling at the Geneva motor show in early March, the CLR B900 Wide-Body follows Lumma’s usual SUV makeover to-do list. Namely, it’s even wider than before – making an already width restrictor-shy car even more likely to block inner-city streets – with bulbous new wheelarches to accommodate frighteningly kerb-able alloy wheels.
The one’s you see here are Lumma’s largest yet, and measure 24 inches. You can also spec 22in and 23in wheels, but frankly you’ll be laughed out of the Old Trafford car park with such weeny castors on your modified SUV.
There’s plentiful carbonfibre, including bonnet scoops (obviously) and exhaust tips (naturally), and you can have them with the weave on show, or body coloured. In fact, personalisation really is the name of the game, with a grasp of taste doubtless unnecessary.
Lumma will also offer a (currently unspecified) power upgrade for Bentley’s V8 diesel and a sports exhaust system for the whisper-quiet W12 petrol engine. Neither are in the least bit slow, making additional horsepower as superfluous as those carbon scoops.
But then that’s rather the point with cars like this, isn’t it? We’ll find out firmer details when the Wide-Body appears at Geneva. For now, just one crucial question: like the way it looks?
The Geneva motor show will throw up many things next week, with all manner of exciting supercar and hot hatch debuts. It will also contain many questionably tuned cars, one of them being this Audi R8.
It’s the work of ABT, a tuner synonymous with VW Group products. It’s perhaps one of the more tastefully tuned R8s out there, but these things are always subjective.
You certainly won’t mistake it for a standard R8, with more aggressive folds in the body kit, larger air intakes, and a generally much more aggressive stance.
Happily, the punchy styling upgrade covers up actual mechanic upgrades too, something that’s not always the case in the supercar tuning scene.
So there are new suspension components, a 50kg weight drop (significant, though ABT’s not told us what it’s binned) and a stainless steel exhaust system. As well as even more noise for the R8’s wondrous V10, that brings another 20bhp, taking the R8 V10 Plus’s total output to 621bhp.
You’ve a choice of 19 or 20 inch wheels, and you can no doubt pick and choose exterior styling elements. Inside, it appears to simply be a matter of choose what ratio you want the carbon/Alcantara split to be. Buttons and Audi badge aside, there appears to be little else used in there.
Like it? Or has ABT effectively sprayed graffiti on a masterpiece?