Gemballa Avalanche GTR 650 EVO-R: 206 mph; 62 mph in 3.2 Sec.
The Avalanche name signifies the “masterpiece” of the Gemballa program, says the German tuner. As it should, the original Gemballa Avalanches (along with the Mirage and Cyrrus models) of the 1980s offered wicked performance and flamboyant styling in equal measures. Unlike last year’s model, this Avalanche starts life as a 997 Turbo. Don’t fret about a loss of performance, though. With 650 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque, the GTR 650 EVO-R is The Fast One.
How fast? The Avalanche reaches 332 km/h (206 mph) and hits 62 mph from a standstill in 3.4 seconds. The company offers an 800-hp package, say, if you want to outrun a stock Nissan GT-R.
Engine upgrades include a revised crankshaft, titanium connecting rods, forged pistons, and larger turbochargers feeding a stainless steel exhaust system. Up top are new camshafts, cylinder heads, an aluminum induction pipe, and carbon air box.
Transmitting the power to the ground through the all-wheel drive system are a set of 20-in. wheels, with tires sized 245/30 front and 325/25 rear. The brakes receive the same treatment: six-piston calipers on 16-in. rotors fore and four-pistons clamp on 15-in. rotors aft. Suspension upgrades consist of new coilovers, adjustable dampeners, stabilizers, and strut braces.
Look past the gullwing-style doors, and you’ll notice the Carrera GT headlights affixed to a carbon fiber front bumper. Out back, the Avalanche borrows the LED tail lamps from the recently refreshed Porsche 911. The rear bumper, side skirts, and hood are new, as well. And the integrated rear diffuser is available in varnish or carbon fiber.
Gemballa says the redesign of the plebian-in-comparison 911 interior “turns it into a VIP lounge with motorsports atmosphere.” Additions include new leather, aluminum pedals, a smattering of carbon fiber trim, and new seats. Gemballa is particularly proud of its airbag-equipped steering wheel, a welcome addition should things go horribly wrong during a v-max attempt.
The GTR 650 EVO-R starts at €350,000 ($498,300), including the price of a base 997 Turbo.