German tuner Gemballa has been making fast cars faster since 1981. Now the Leonberg company is developing its own car, and of course it should be a super sports car.
Limited production of the new supercar is set to begin in 2024, a year after Gemballa completed construction of a new headquarters and manufacturing facility.
Teaser images suggest a low, track-oriented design with a mid-engine layout, and performance estimates call for a 0-60mph time of less than 2.5 seconds and a 0-124mph time approaching 6.5 seconds .
Gemballa boss Steffen Korbach first announced plans for the car in 2019, stating at the time that it would produce more than 800 hp and that buyers could look forward to an “uncompromising vehicle, radical, pure and luxurious”. For reference, a Porsche 911 Turbo tuned by Gemballa to deliver 818 hp can hit 60 mph in 2.38 seconds and top out at 230 mph.
Teaser for the Gemballa supercar
Korbach also said the car would be powered purely by a petrol engine and might offer a manual transmission option. It is being developed as a farewell to analog cars before Gemballa embarks on the electrification route.
To ensure performance is at a high level, Gemballa uses carbon fiber construction and advanced aerodynamics.
Gemballa hasn’t disclosed how many examples of the supercar it plans to build, although the company said its future product plans call for more limited-production supercars.
The company was founded by Uwe Gemballa, who ran it in South Africa until his assassination in 2010. Gemballa ran into trouble after the founder’s death, but was saved by Korbach and other investors. The launch of the supercar will mark Gemballa’s transition from a pure tuner to a small-series automaker, akin to rival German firm Ruf, which also tunes Porsches and has built its own line of supercars called the CTR.