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German tuner’s iconic model relaunched as 820hp car based on #Porsche-911-Turbo
Legendary Leonberg-based tuning outfit, Gemballa, has revealed its staggering new Avalanche model at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on Porsche’s 911 Turbo (for the third time), the Avalanche has always sought to provide an extreme-styled, high-powered example of what Gemballa believes is the ultimate expression of a supercar. The latest model certainly looks to continue that trend: headline figures of 820hp, with a scarcely quantifiable 950Nm torque, provide approximate gains of 25 per cent more than any factory #Porsche-911
Some 32 years on from its first Avalanche, Gemballa’s latest iteration takes Porsche’s 991 Turbo and, according to the company itself, “has once again set standards with its uncompromising design, its interior opulence and its vehicle dynamic properties.”
A hallmark of the Avalanche has always been its ostentatious styling, emanating here from its rear where that huge carbon fibre rear wing sits above an aerodynamically enhanced carbon rear apron and diffuser. The entire body is made from carbon fibre, with 62mm wider fenders at the front and 100mm at the rear making room for wider tyres and increased track width. Gemballa says its new side skirts quieten the airflow between axles, ensuring improved stability.
Notably, the 2017 Avalanche looks to have done away with the 991 Turbo’s rear screen in favour of a striking intake to feed more air to both exhaust turbochargers, giving the car its silhouette. Its ludicrous power figures are the result of a flat six modified to the extent of a performance turbocharger system; intake manifolds and air suction housing made of carbon; new throttle valve bodies; a high-performance air filter; reworked cylinder heads and valves; and newly programmed engine and gearbox electrical systems. The company expects its car to “attack existing performance records.”
The rebirth of its flagship car marks a return to the limelight for a German tuning house famous for its outlandish yet popular takes on the 911, and Total 911 looks forward to seeing the fruition of performance tests that will, again, mark the Avalanche out as a supercar with substance to match its grandiose style.