Marc Philipp Gemballa has released his first creation – the Marsien model based on the Porsche 911 Turbo S. A total of 40 units will be built, and the cost of modifications will be about $ 583,000.
Gemballa was previously known as one of the most outlandish Porsche tuners in Germany in the 1990s and 2000s – and rose to fame when founder Uwe Gemballa was assassinated in South Africa in 2010 amid rumors of organized crime links. Although the original Gemballa was later sold and still exists today, a new company has emerged, led by Uwe’s son, Mark Philip Gemballa, after whom it got its name.
Designed for use in the desert, this off-road supercar is set to be the first product of Mark Philip Gemballa. Explicitly inspired by the Porsche 959 that raced the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985 and 1986, it was named Marsien; similar to the French word for “martian”.
It is based on the current 992 generation 911 Turbo S, but the Marsien has a taller and more muscular strut with larger air vents and a huge rear wing that wraps around the sides of the car. The body is new and made of carbon fiber and the company says it will be available unpainted. The car’s aerodynamics have been optimized by KLK, a company that regularly works with racing teams.
The model is powered by a modified version of the Turbo S six-cylinder engine, which was done by another famous German tuner of the 911 models, RUF. Two versions will be offered: a less powerful one with 740 hp. power, and more powerful, in which the output is increased to 818 horsepower. An upgraded air filter designed for dusty conditions and an Akrapovic exhaust system will be supplied in all versions.
Like the new GT3, the Marsien has a new double wishbone front suspension instead of the usual 911 struts. In addition to the adaptive dampers, there is also a hydraulic ride height control system that can increase the ride height from 4.7 inches to 9.8 inches. inch. The vehicles will come with two sets of forged aluminum wheels, one with road tires and the other with off-road tires.
Marsien will be as fast as almost any supercar. On road tires, the company says it accelerates to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 330 km / h.
The company says it will assemble no more than 40 Marsiens, each with a pretax conversion value for Germany of about $ 583,000. For the 911 itself, you will have to pay about $ 220,000 more.