2012 Gemballa Tornado

Despite losing its founder under suspicious circumstances last year, German tuning house Gemballa is back with a vengeance at this year's Top Marques Monaco show. To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is rolling out two new models: The Porsche Cayenne-based Tornado and the Porsche Panamera-based Mistrale.

Both of Gemballa's new models sport extensively reworked bodies, which Gemballa says shave nearly 150 pounds off each car. The weight savings come thanks to carbon fiber body panels made in-house by Gemballa. Both cars' front fenders, hood, doors and front valance get replaced with new bespoke units made entirely of the black stuff.

Gemballa also unleashed its expertise underhood. In Stage 1 trim, the Tornado delivers 580 horsepower and the Mistrale pushes 610. If that's not enough, Gemballa is happy to oblige with Stage 2, which takes either car to 700 hp and 737 lb.-ft. of toque. Keeping all that grunt in check is a set of enormous Brembo clamps developed specifically for Gemballa.

No matter which car you choose, you get a set of 410-mm, six-piston discs up front with 380-mm, four-piston units out back. The new brakes exert stopping power on a set of forged 22-inch Gemballa wheels. Despite their size, Gemballa says the forged rims are lighter and stronger than the stock Porsche units.

Inside, the cars get Gemballa's signature Alcantara and quilted leather treatment. If either of Gemballa's new rockets floats your boat, we'd suggest getting in line now, as the company says it will only build 30 examples of each. Check out the full press release after the jump.


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GEMBALLA presents the MISTRALE and TORNADO

Gemballa GmbH is proud to announce the world debut of two works of automotive art, presented on Stand A24 of the 2011 Top Marques Monaco Show, from 14-17th April.

Experts call Top Marques Monaco "the world's most exclusive car show" with good reason. It is the only international motor show where the most exclusive names in the automotive industry come together under one roof.

The unique venue for this high-end car enthusiasts' show is the Grimaldi Forum, located in the heart of Monte Carlo. Each year, The Show is opened by HRH Prince Albert of Monaco, patron of the event and connoisseur of fine automobiles.

Like Monaco itself, the Top Marques Monaco is not purely motoring centric. As with this gem of a location on the Côte d'Azur, it is a showcase for related luxury activities like yachting, exclusive travel and luxury brands.

If the highest levels of individuality and exclusivity are some of the requirements for greatness, then these offerings from GEMBALLA surely qualify:

The GEMBALLA TORNADO, based on the Porsche Cayenne (958)

The GEMBALLA MISTRALE based on the Porsche Panamera (970)

Design, cutting edge technology and the finest materials are the most important ingredients in the transformation of these fine cars into something really unique.

The GEMBALLA TORNADO and the GEMBALLA MISTRALE undergo a near-complete reconstruction of their outer bodyshells, with the majority of the steel panels replaced by light and strong carbon-fibre equivalents made to GEMBALLA's unique designs.

"We have significantly reduced weight, but without compromising strength, safety or comfort," explained Andreas Schwarz, CEO of GEMBALLA GmbH.
"Rather than cutting into the steel panels and bonding on new parts, as is common in the aftermarket industry, we completely replace entire panels with bespoke carbon-fibre ones that use the original mounting points," he said. "These new panels, which include the bonnet, front wings, doors, front and rear bumper/valance, save a total of 70kg."

The big wheel arches are filled with GEMBALLA'S 22-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. Forged rather than cast, these wheels are stronger than the original 20-inch OE equivalents, but are around the same weight.

The new high performance brake system was developed in collaboration with Brembo, exclusively for the MISTRALE and TORNADO. Massive 411mm cross-drilled, vented discs with six-piston monoblock calipers in front are partnered by 380mm cross-drilled, vented discs with four-piston fixed calipers at the rear.

The first stage of power upgrade for the twin-turbo V8 engine provides 580hp for the Cayenne/TORNADO, and 610hp for the Panamera/MISTRALE. The latter conversion is accompanied by a healthy 850Nm of torque.

Really power hungry customers can opt for Stage 2, which gives both cars 700hp, and around 1,000Nm of torque. This significant output is achieved through the use of larger turbochargers, a modified intake system, high efficiency intercoolers, sports exhaust, free-flow catalytic converters and bespoke ECU remapping.

"Optimised efficiency and bespoke high quality components allow us to achieve this impressive output on a relatively low 1.1 bar of boost," said Schwarz. "The relatively low stress imposed on the engine ensures long term durability and reliability in everyday use."

GEMBALLA bespoke interiors are world renowned, and the cabins of these cars showcase the company's skill and craftsmanship, with perfectly colour-co-ordinated upholstery fashioned from the finest leathers and Alcantara.

Precision with emotion, right down to the smallest detail is the watchword at GEMBALLA, and the fact that everything is done to individual requirements, means that no two vehicle will be the same.

On the occasion of the 30-year Anniversary of GEMBALLA, only 30 each of the GEMBALLA TORNADO and GEMBALLA MISTRALE models will be made for selected customers.