Gemballa Avalanche, Mistrale, Mirage GT wow at Geneva show

Mitchell Jones

In the world of exotic tuners for the ultra-rich, it takes a delicate touch to embellish a prestige car’s finest attributes without going over the top or inducing vomit. Many who attempt to do this to Porsches fail, but still have an audience from the wealthy and tasteless.

Gemballa generally does not fall into this category, adding heroism and even more insanity to a variety of Porsche vehicles in a purposeful manner, generally also matched with huge increases in performance. Its trio of Geneva debutants exemplify this approach, with the loud and purple Avalanche standing out above the rest.

Based on the latest 911 Turbo, the Avalanche features a wide bodykit, more imposing vents and LEDs, plus an increase in track to accommodate 21-inch alloy wheels. A hulking great rear wing (triplane?) sits above an aggressive rear fascia that incorporates a quartet of rocket-esque exhaust cannons. The 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six has been tuned to 611kW, meaning the 911 Turbo’s sub-3-second performance figure will no doubt be improved upon.

Based on the outgoing Panamera is the Mistrale. A greyish-blue paint scheme sits atop a significantly widened body with black highlights and plenty of body colour accents. 22-inch wheels with rubber-band thin tyres are squeezed under the body, while there is plenty of orange leather screaming from inside. 555kW has been extracted from the 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8, meaning a 3.2-second 0-100km/h time and a 337km/h top speed.

Finally the Carrera GT might not be in production anymore, but the Mirage GT Carbon edition takes it to new heights. Featuring a redone 5.7-litre V10 that nudges 500kW with no forced induction, the Mirage GT has a full carbon-fibre body, coil-over suspension and forged alloys. Performance drops to 3.7 seconds for the 100km/h sprint.

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