Now this is how tuning companies need to modify their cars. I’m so sick of seeing a “tuning company” take a Ferrari F430, add a rear wing, a tuned ECU, a new exhaust and some new wheels, charge $200,000 over base price, and call it their own creation. While you may not like the look of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo-based Gemballa Tornado 750 GTS, you can’t deny that they did this right.
So Gemballa, a Porsche tuning company located about 12 miles from the Porsche plant in Stuttgart, Germany, took the Cayenne and gave it one helluva makeover. The extreme styling makes the otherwise rather homely Cayenne look much more like sports car, and at the very least, stands out among a crowd.
Nearly every body panel has been changed, and their replacements are made solely from carbon fiber, which helped significantly in their weight reduction of over 550 lbs. The body not only helps with styling and weight, but is a higher-than-usual contributor to better aerodynamics and engine cooling. Lightweight 22-inch forged wheels round out the exterior changes.
But what about under the hood…
Not much in the Cayenne Turbo was untouched by Gemballa. They started off by adding a sport exhaust system, sport catalysers and racing headers, then increased the engine displacement to 5.0-liters. While they were in there, they added new forged pistons, special connecting rods, and racing turbochargers with an intercooler boasting a 90% larger cooling area than stock.
These changes increased engine output to an incredible 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. An SUV that can hit 62 mph from a stop in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of over 186 mph would be detrimental to the egos of owners of such supercars as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Audi R8. I mean a Porsche Cayenne beating a 911 Turbo off the line to 60 mph would be embarrassing, right?
Well, not exactly. When you have a vehicle like the Tornado 750 GTS, it looks (and surely sounds) so extreme, that you would expect it to be as fast as it is. In fact, Gemballa said themselves that their target goal was to get the Cayenne Turbo “away from the SUV and more to an uncompromising sports car.” I’d still rather have the slightly slower R8 or V8 Vantage (but not the 911 Turbo.)
Oh, we’re not done yet. Gemballa still has a few treats in the Tornado 750 GTS. Remember, this thing is still an SUV, so to make sure it doesn’t tip over around every corner, they’ve lowered it almost 3 inches to keep center of gravity low by fitting it with an adjustable coilover kit which has been heavily tweaked.
For the brakes, Gemballa used massive 16.5-inch rotors, slowed by 6-piston calipers in the front, and slightly smaller equipment in the rear. Seriously, have you heard of anything using rotors that big?
Finally we get to the interior. All four passengers get sport seats, and rear passengers get extra support from the hand-holds in the center console. These are commonly known as “Oh-Shit Handles,” and ensure you don’t fly into the neighboring passenger during hard turns.
The integrated information display shows driving data such as acceleration, cross-acceleration and deceleration Gs. They didn’t ignore comfort in the SUV completely – they’ve added rear-seat entertainment components, along with leather, carbon fiber, or aluminum trim.
Gemballa will only be producing 50 of these super-Cayennes at the extraordinarily high price of $400,000. This ends up being about $524,600 USD at today’s exchange rate. But seriously, imagine driving this thing around and destroying supercars off the line. You know you want one.