GEMBALLA AVALANCHE

based on Porsche 997 Carrera/Turbo


Another French word adopted into English, Avalanche is universally understood as a force of nature that sees tons of snow cascading down a mountainside, burying everything in its path. The GEMBALLA AVALANCHE ROADSTER is another convertible unstoppable force. The original Avalanche from 1984 had a rousing 385hp. This was enough power to enable it to visit the far side of 300 km/h, making it one of the fastest cars of its time. The current 997 Turbo-based model boasts 671 hp and 925 Nm of torque, and covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.1 sec. Visually, this elemental force on wheels has a three-piece front spoiler and large air intakes spread across its under-bumper area. Modified side intakes and a larger, fixed rear spoiler complete the bodywork modifications. In 2014, the GEMBALLA AVALANCHE will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and simultaneously usher in the next generation of supercar to bear this legendary name. Its spiritual successor, based on the 991 Turbo S, will be rolled out in 2014. Its performance will surpass that of the current 997-based GEMBALLA AVALANCHE.

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The aggressive looking aerodynamic add-on parts are manufactured in Germany. To ensure a quick and accurate fit to the OE mounting points, the base car is digitally mapped to fractions of a millimeter.

Effective aerodynamics result from a combination of a low drag coefficient (Cd) and downforce. Drag increases with the square of speed, so this is a fine balancing act since a disproportionate increase in engine power is required to overcome a minimal increase in drag. While lowering drag maximises what power you have, slippery cars are quite often aerodynamically unstable, with lifting forces over the front and rear axles making them unstable at high speed and in crosswinds. Spoilers at the front and rear of the car are used to counter lift over each axle, and can be adjusted to create zero lift, or downforce. However, front and rear spoilers have to be balanced against each other so that they do not induce dangerous aerodynamic imbalance at speed.

Just as a major car manufacturer would, GEMBALLA’s developed its initial aerodynamic proposal for the AVALANCHE with a combination of aesthetic styling and computer calculations. Combined with raw experience, this delivered an approximate level of aerodynamic efficiency for the new components, which was then honed to perfection in the wind tunnel. While the bonnet, front and rear aprons, side skirts and side panels with their recesses differentiate the AVALANCHE significantly from the base Turbo, the focal point of the aerodynamic design concept is the two-position adjustable carbon-fibre rear wing, that gives the rear aspect its distinctive character.

The stylised aerodynamic additions on the original AVALANCHE of 1984 were often described as following the ‘form follows function’ edict, but with an organic twist. The latest car picks up this baton and runs with it, with purposeful yet elegant spoilers, and large air intakes that cool the brakes, feed the engine, and outlets that draw away excess heat.

 
From an engineering point of view the AVALANCHE is a comprehensively thought out and engineered vehicle. Part and parcel of this technical tour de force are the ventilated fender flares, that create enough space for the 21-inch, forged alloy wheels.

Created with a high-tech forging process for low weight and high strength, these wheels help to reduce the unsprung weight at each corner, contributing to the cars superior acceleration, handling and braking performance. GEMBALLA has always been at the cutting edge of brake technology. Now, in co-operation with technical partner, Brembo, they have created a next generation brake system that provides more than enough retardation to counter the AVALANCHE’s powerful motor. The 405mm front and 380mm rear discs are vented, slotted and cross-drilled, and are clamped by six and four-pot calipers respectively. This system offers fine pedal feel and strong and tireless stopping capability even on track.

For perfect stability under extreme use, the calipers are machined from a solid billet of high temperature alloy, Formula One style, and are approximately half the weight of the OE ones.
The original AVALANCHE was named after an Alpine force of nature, and since the 1980s, has been the symbolic spearhead of all GEMBALLA cars based on the Porsche 911 Turbo. The current model, based on a 997 Turbo Coupe, makes 671 hp and 925 Nm of torque in GTR tune. With this output level, the AVALANCHE far surpasses the speed of a real avalanche, sprinting to 100 km/h from a standing start in 3.1 sec, and on to 337km/h. GEMBALLA’s stainless steel high-performance exhaust system with equal-length headers gives the AVALANCHE powerful and sporty soundtrack.
Choosing a GEMBALLA car is making a statement that can be further underlined by a matching bespoke interior. When it comes to a personal choice of colour and trim materials, the sky is the limit. High-quality leather and fine fabrics - plain or patterned - add to the feeling of unbridled luxury, and even the smallest switches and panels can be covered in fine leather or colour-coded. Trim insert panels in aluminum, stainless steel, carbon, wood, or even diamonds can all be handcrafted to complete a unique interior portrait. The experience and attention to detail of GEMBALLA’s master craftsmen and upholsterers guarantees a perfect result that will surprise and delight the owner. This is automotive haute couture at its finest. GEMBALLA’s bespoke programme also accommodates audiophiles and fans of technology, and anything from state-of-the-art multi-media to a built-in fridge to cool your champagne can be integrated into an interior. In the plush cabin, figure-hugging side bolsters of the comfortable sports seats hold you against the lateral g-forces this car can generate. The 340mm diameter sports steering wheel with full-size airbag helps your hands get a good grip, while the sporty aluminum pedals do the same for your feet.

Engine

Engine Layout Rear engine
Power 494 kW (671 bhp)
Max. torque (Nm) 925 Nm

 

Transmission

Manual-shift gear 6-speed or tiptronic

Performance

Top speed >337 km/h
Acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h (0 - 62 mph) 2,9 s

* Note on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

The values quoted are in accordance with the prescribed measuring process as defined by Regulation (EC) 715/2007 and Regulation (EC) 692/2008 in their current versions.
The quoted figures do not refer to any individual vehicle, and are not part of the offer; they are purely for comparison purposes between various types of vehicles.

In accordance with Directive 1999/94/EC in the currently applicable version: The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a vehicle not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving style and other non-technical factors.

CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Further information on official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger vehicles from the ‘Guide to fuel economy, CO2 emissions and energy consumption of new passenger cars’ is available free of charge at all sales outlets and at http://www.dat.de. For more information, see the car energy labelling regulations – Passenger Car EnVKV.

The above-mentioned link leads to an external website that is completely independent of www.gemballa.com. We expressly state that GEMBALLA GmbH is not liable for damages arising from the use of any external Internet site, nor do we assume any responsibility for its contents.

The information contained in any external website does not imply a recommendation of this site or its contents by GEMBALLA GmbH. Activating an external link signifies your agreement to these terms and conditions.

Fuel consumption / Environment*

Urban in l/100 km 16,5
Combined in l/100 km 11,4
CO2 emissions in g/km 268


* Note on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

The values quoted are in accordance with the prescribed measuring process as defined by Regulation (EC) 715/2007 and Regulation (EC) 692/2008 in their current versions.
The quoted figures do not refer to any individual vehicle, and are not part of the offer; they are purely for comparison purposes between various types of vehicles.

In accordance with Directive 1999/94/EC in the currently applicable version: The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of a vehicle not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving style and other non-technical factors.

CO2 is the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. Further information on official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger vehicles from the ‘Guide to fuel economy, CO2 emissions and energy consumption of new passenger cars’ is available free of charge at all sales outlets and at http://www.dat.de. For more information, see the car energy labelling regulations – Passenger Car EnVKV.

The above-mentioned link leads to an external website that is completely independent of www.gemballa.com. We expressly state that GEMBALLA GmbH is not liable for damages arising from the use of any external Internet site, nor do we assume any responsibility for its contents.

The information contained in any external website does not imply a recommendation of this site or its contents by GEMBALLA GmbH. Activating an external link signifies your agreement to these terms and conditions.

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