• May 20th 2008 at 2:31PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Gemballa Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO.

We've already sampled the mind-blowing power of the 997 Porsche GT2, but for Gemballa, it's never enough. The German tuning firm is offering a new kit for both the GT2 and its all-wheel-drive sibling, the Porsche Turbo, in the form of the Avalanche 600 EVO. As it's name would imply, Gemballa has coaxed 600 hp (not to mention 619 lb.-ft. of torque) from Porsche's turbocharged flat-six through the use of a new intercooler, race exhaust and a retuned ECU. The dash to 62 mph is dispatched in 3.5 seconds and the top speed has been increased to 199 mph.

To compliment the 911's newfound power, Gemball has fitted its Avalanche body kit, which includes a new hood, front spoiler and bumper, EVO wing and a host of air inlets and outlets. The stock suspension has been pulled in favor of a coilover setup hidden behind 405 mm front and 380 mm rear discs and Gemballa "Racing Black Edition" wheels sized 20x9-inches in front and 20x11.5-inches out back. Aluminum pedals and door plates are available to spruce up the interior, along with leather, carbon and alacantara trim, new carpet and a 340 mm steering wheel with optional "F1" paddle shifters. For interested in being corrupted by absolute power, we've posted the press release after the jump.

[Source: Gemballa via WCF]


* 600 bhp and 840 Nm torque thanks to GEMBALLA power kit
* 320 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds
* Elegant and sporty body conversion with special paint finish
* Sports exhaust system and 20-inch "Racing" wheels
* Coilover suspension; more powerful braking system
* Sporty and luxurious interior trim

Being one of the premier addresses for stylish and refined Porsche tuning, GEMBALLA has earned itself a worldwide reputation over the course of time. Thanks to its outstanding expertise, proven in numerous conversions, each customer acquires a vehicle that represents the absolute pinnacle of what is achievable in terms of design and performance. One further such demonstration of its abilities is GEMBALLA's "Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO".
Ready for take-off?

The basis of the Avalanche 600 GT EVO is the Porsche 997 turbo or the GT2. GEMBALLA even knows how to boost the already impressive set of performance figures of the production model. 600 bhp (442 kW) put the competition from Maranello and Sant'Agata-Bolognese in a tight spot. The six-cylinder boxer with a torque of 840 Nm – power-boosted by the GEMBALLA power kit - stands out even more. Jet-like acceleration in every gear and at every speed being the outcome. A sports intercooler ensures that this performance can be reliably accessed even in hot ambient temperatures. As an option, this task can also be performed by a racing sports intercooler. The power boost is acoustically announced by the sports exhaust system fitted by GEMBALLA, whose awesome sound thrills the vehicle occupants and listeners alike. Upon request, this can also be achieved by means of a four-pipe system instead the two tailpipe versions. GEMBALLA's power boost allows the modified 997 to race at a top speed of 320 km/h, accomplishing the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The latter can – depending on the driver's skill – be even further enhanced by fitting the sport shifter for vehicles with a manual gearshift, reduced gear lever travel, which is available in the "Sport" and "Race" versions.
Powerful appearance thanks to GEMBALLA Avalanche body conversion kit

A successful combination of various aerodynamic components from the company's own suite goes to ensure greater downforce. In its basic version, the Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO exhibits the fundamental Avalanche modification, which is particularly prominent on the flanks in the form of the air intakes modified to give the look of a Carrera GT. Also characteristic for the Avalanche conversion are the modified side sills, which also feature air intakes, designed to help cool the brakes. In addition, GEMBALLA fits the "GT" hood, the "Avalanche" front skirt with additional cooling openings, the "GT2" front spoiler lip in black carbon, the GTR EVO tailgate skirt with an integral diffuser and hot air outlets, the GT2 EVO rear spoiler and a stoneguard. For the rear end, GEMBALLA borrows design ideas from its own Carrera GT conversion Mirage GT, which is available as a limited edition. The exhaust tailpipes with jet-fighter-style covers bear witness to this.

Needless to say, GEMBALLA also supplies the obligatory logos, identifying the 997 as a genuine GEMBALLA. Drivers wishing to show their allegiances with motor racing can adorn the front and tailgate skirt with carbon components. For the GTR EVO tailgate skirt, GEMBALLA also offers a carbon diffuser option. It is also possible to order the rear spoiler in this light-weight material.

The paint finishes GEMBALLA is offering enable drivers to add that all-important eye-catching finishing touch to this aerodynamics kit. The options of a BICOLOR concept, special colors, effect colors or a "special effect" color are guaranteed head-turners.
Enhanced suspension and brakes

If it looks like a racing car, it should also drive like one. The enhanced engine power alone goes a long way to achieving this. To boost the overall performance, GEMBALLA, however, relies on an additional, extensive enhancement of the suspension and brakes. The GEMBALLA "PROFESSIONAL CONCEPT" is used for the suspension. This consists of a variable ride height coilover suspension, a strut bar, stabilizer kit and stiffened axle mounts. As an option, GEMBALLA is offering the "RACE CONCEPT", which additionally includes racing transverse links for the front and rear axle. For vehicles without ceramic brakes, GEMBALLA offers a brake system with four red high-performance brake calipers and brake discs with the diameters 380 mm (front) and 350 mm (rear). For an additional charge, an even larger system is available with a brake disc combination 405/380 and brake calipers in the customer's requested color.

Larger wheels lend the Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO an even more impressive appearance. This is made possible by a set of GEMBALLA "Racing Black Edition" wheels in the format 9.0x20" (front) and 11.5x20" (rear) with size 245 and 325 tires. The wheel design is characterized by its classic racing look and the stainless steel rim flange. By way of an alternative and without paying extra, GEMBALLA will also fit the wheel design in its "Silver Edition" version or completely matt black in the "Black Magic" version.
Sporty luxury inside

Even the basic version of the interior trim available for the GEMBALLA Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO is entirely given over to creating a sporty appeal. Pedals and a driver's footrest from aluminum, Avalanche logos in the door sill area, as well as instruments and foot mats, a new sports steering wheel with a 340 mm diameter in a leather/leather combination (upon request with F1 shift paddles), a conversion of the rear area and the sports package featuring leather components (not for vehicles with original leather trim) all combine to create a sporty and luxurious atmosphere. The options list allows customers to select other versions of sports steering wheels (combinations of aluminum/leather or carbon/leather, F1 shift paddles, etc.), interior packages from carbon or leather (e.g. headliner in leather or Alcantara), various sports seats (also with leather and carbon) or a new carpet for the passenger compartment.

As regards the interior, it is of course also possible to request other customized conversions.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      expect an extra 50k over the already expensive GT2 (165k?). You pay a lot for exclusivity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait a minute.. wait a minute...

      They say the top speed "has been increased to 199 mph".. when was it below? It has was originally estimated at 205 mph, however the fastest it has gone is 204 mph. So ho is it up to 199 mph? Something isn't right.. it doesn't appear to have a substantially different body kit from that of the stock GT2.. at least not one that would provide more downforce. It has the same wing.. how is it slower? This really baffles me. 'I've never heard of a tuner car being slower than the stock version in which it was built.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not a fan or Porsches but this is nice...I would prefer a monotone color though...I wonder what the cost is?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Porsche lists the GT2's top speed at 204, so this car is ....slower? Awesome. Where do I sign up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'd imagine its downforce and maybe they played with the gearing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        When is anyone going to get to 204mph? Not on a public road, not on a track. Unless the only purpose to owning a car is to drag it up a 2km-long runway, keep worrying about top speed.

        They said it has more downforce, so it probably sacrifices a few mph in top speed for cornering speed. Which is more likely to get it around a track faster.
      • 7 Years Ago

      The n/a 3.6 from the GT3 comes close to the GT-R, i'll bet the GT3 RS is even more then a match for it.

      The Turbo at that is also a 3.6 litre.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly my point, because you're wrong on both counts.

        The GT-R vs. either the GT3 RS or the 911 Turbo is a foregone conclusion. The GT-R is significantly faster than both cars at all tracks tested so far. You need to keep up with current events, because saying the GT3 RS is 'more than a match' for the GT-R has already been disproven.

        The GT-R on a high-speed road course is more on a par with the GT2. And it slightly edged it out on the N-Ring. No Porsche currently has a recorded track time faster than the Nissan.

        • 7 Years Ago

        Please do show me a comparison of the GT-R vs the GT3 RS. Because you seem awfully sure that the GT-R would be allot faster.

        I've only seen comparisons of the GT-R vs the normal GT3 and the Turbo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You get a better price on wire mesh when you buy it in bulk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The same mods can be done to the 997 Turbo.

      I don't know if its called the same thing if it uses the Turbo as a base?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its a Tiptronic? That was a pretty odd observation considering the power. I didn't think the GT2 came in a Tip. Beautiful car though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, this car is sick. I don't like the profile, but every other angle, rear especially, is sweet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, the profile makes that wing look completely grotesque
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 911 formula is on its death bead.. After exploiting Hitlers beattle for close to 70 years, finally, the boxer Engine with its fugly frog eyes, just cant keep up with Chevy's and Nissan.
      This car is outgunned by any comparable corvette or comparable GT-R...
      its days are numbered
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ah yes, they didn't say this used the 3.8 in this article.

        I was thinking the Gemballa GTR 650, 800, and 850. All of them use 3.8L turbo'd engines.

        Doesn't change my point that it takes a Gemballa or other aftermarket tune to catch a GT-R, because no stock Porsche seems up to the task.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I still find a Porsche to be more attractive, and have better driving dynamics(havent driven the gtr though) then either you mentioned.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @BigMcLargeHuge: Actually, the 911 is only at 3.6, not 3.8.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean those big engined/twin turbo cars that can just stay ahead of a atmospheric 3.6 6 cylinder?
      • 7 Years Ago
      All that work for 3.5 sec 0-60. I wonder what would blow up first a (Not that I even like the damn thing) Nissan GTR or this Gemballa after a couple of runs.Amazing that they can get 3.3 sixty times out of such a heavy car(gtr). Too bad its so Damn UGLY....
        • 7 Years Ago
        It says it is based on the gt2 or turbo. I bet this is the gt2 variant with no AWD
        • 7 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? Are you calling this car ugly or a GT-R, or both? Why would they blow up? You are making zero sense.

        I bet you drive Pontiac Aztec and think it's the better looking car than the aforementioned two.
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