September 20, 2012
Gemballa Unleashes GT Aerodynamic Package For Porsche 991 Carrera Cabriolet
The new ‘991’ Carrera Cabriolet is the latest "air-cooled" 911 to stir the Porsche driver’s emotions with its familiar flat-six soundtrack. Now, the new GT aerodynamic package from the German tuner, Gemballa, compliments the al fresco experience by taking the Cabriolet’s visual appeal to the next level.
At the heart of the makeover is the new, front bumper/spoiler section with three large air intakes, as well as large lip spoilers to provide a greater level of downforce at speed. The organic lines of the front spoiler extend into the deep side skirts that visually connect the new front to its rear counterpart. The rear bumper/valance features a recessed panel whose strong top and bottom horizontal lines visually accentuate the width of the car.
A diffuser sits between the distinctive triple outlet pipes of the Gemballa stainless steel exhaust system, which takes its design cue from the legendary Gemballa Avalanche of the 1980s. The 21st Century look however, features squared off rather than rounded tips. The deeper tone of this sports exhaust with its valve-operated sound control, delivers a soundtrack to match the Cabriolet’s stunning looks.
The 30mm shorter springs are calibrated to work with the factory PASM (Porsche electronic damping control system), while the stopping system, developed for Gemballa by Brembo, is highly resistant to fade and allows drivers to set later braking points. The new 21-inch GForged-one alloy wheels, priced from €9,895 (around £8,000) depending on the type of tyre fitted, come in a choice of "diamond cut" or "gunmetal" finishes. Thanks to a modern forged, and lightweight construction, they weigh less than the standard 20-inch wheels, therefore benefiting ride and handling.
Remaining true to the Gemballa philosophy of low weight and optimum quality, all of their aerodynamic components are manufactured in Germany from high grade carbon-fibre. These parts are controlled by state-of-the-art laser measuring equipment to ensure a precision fit with the factory bodywork and the original mounting points. As no bodywork modifications are required, the car can easily be returned to a standard factory specification upon the sale of the vehicle.
The Gemballa GT aerodynamic package is on sale now, starting at €19.860 (around £16,000), including paint and installation. Subject to specification, the cost of the standard Porsche 911 '991' Cabriolet launched at the beginning of this year, ranges between £79,947 and £92,127.