• Feb 17, 2008


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Okay, guys. This isn't funny anymore. We all get that the Porsche Cayenne, though it has its talents, is no prize pig down at the beauty pageant. But this is just mean. Like a caricature of the Cayenne itself, we can applaud the go but shudder at sight of the show. Under the hood, Gemballa has primped and preened the twin-turbo V8 to produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 horsepower. It will also offer a 2WD conversion – that's got to be a first – to go with the severely dropped ride height and beefed-up suspension.

The mad-science plastic surgery is another story, however, as Gemballa opens up the Cayenne's mouth, adds a carbon-fiber hood insert, cuts open a whole mess of new vents, throws on some Ferrari-esque tail-lights and a set of roof-mounted brake lights to boot. Inside they've added fully-adjustable racing buckets front and back, separated by a strange-looking full-length center console. Maybe Gemballa was trying to prove a point when it decided to mix styling cues from the Carrera GT with its ugly step-sister the Cayenne. Whatever it is, we don't get it.

[Source: Gemballa via Winding Road]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      The standard Cayenne really isn't that bad, especially after its recent facelift. Gemballa, however, just doesn't get tired of making Porsches uglier.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And to think this is the same company that made the Blackbird......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take off the roof HMSLs (high-mounted stop lamps), *keep it in black*, and it actually doesn't look that bad.

      However, the real WTF is with the center console. That is the worst ergonomics for a manual shifter that I've ever seen. Please tell me the stock Cayenne is not like that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog: you guys should do a "what were they thinking of the day" type thing just like ebay find of the day. There have been so many crappy paint jobs and bad tuner cars recently you could just have a regular column under that type of heading...just a thought!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would say this certainly has ethnic styling cues, dog.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's no excuse for the Cayenne, let alone this.

      "Every Porsche is a race car."

      My ass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think it looks as bad as the title of the article suggests it does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are crazy, a 2wd 700hp slammed drifter SUV sounds awesome to me, and I even like most of the bodywork. Chop the roof like the rinspeed thing and you would have the coolest SUV ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was replying to rob, who said something about "ethnic styling cues". What an idiot.

      The black one would look decent if they removed all that unnecessary stuff from the front end
      • 6 Years Ago
      "fully-adjustable racing buckets front and back"

      I've never seen a racecar seat with a TV mounted in it...
      Larry
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, they are just trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator of people with too much "new money!"
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