Road Test: Gemballa GT Porsche 911 (991) Cabriolet Aerokit
Gemballa, Porsche, Porsche 911, Road Tests — By MR on June 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm — No Comments
Following our 1st assessment of the new 911 (991 Series) Coupe and the tuning plans from TechArt and SpeedArt, it was time to have a look at the brand new 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Cabriolet, which is the sum of 30 years of 911 convertibles. In the end it has a equivalent setup as the 991 Coupe, but with the capability to remove the roof electronically. German tuner Gemballa presented a 991 Carrera S convertible fitted with their most recent kit as our ride for the day.
The most noticeable and fundamental difference with our prior experiences inside the new 991 was the new roof. Like preceding 911s, Porsche added an intelligent program to the car, which offers a very good-hunting Coupe-like silhouette when its closed and excellent open-leading drive when it is opened. But it is not merely the old best on the new auto. The new roof is an evolution with respect to its predecessor.
The new panel bow roof design has sound magnesium panels hidden beneath the fabric surface. These generate a smooth and rigid finish and an superb cover when the roof is closed. The design also includes the use of aluminum and higher strength steel, which assures decrease vehicle mass. The roof method adds a total of only 36kg to the weight of the car. You can open and near the roof up to a speed of 50km/h and it finishes its roof dance immediately after just 13 seconds.
Below the roof cover, you will be in a position to discover the three.8 liter flat-6 engine making 400hp at 7,400rpm, and 325lb-ft of maximum torque at 5,600rpm. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet with PDK manages to accelerate from naught to 100km/h in 4.five seconds. Pressing the Sport Plus button on the optional Sport Chrono package cuts that to four.three seconds (add .2 for manual automobiles). The top speed is 299km/h, five reduce than the Coupe.
Our check car was fitted with the automated gearbox and PDK solution, like we drove before. The new PDK-gearbox gives ultrafast shifts and launch handle which propels you forward simply from standstill. Without having any of the sport functions engaged, the gearbox fails in each single way simply because of its environmental, petrol saving throttle response and constant urge to finish up in a reduce rev array and a greater gear. The immediate up-shifts to 6th and 7th are irritating at 1st and constantly ask for a decent volume of throttle response to get pace or a downshift through the buttons or paddle shifters behind the steering.
The only way to get this new 991 convertible going is – like the 991 Coupe – engage any kind of sport setting you can uncover on the center console. It is inevitable in this 991. The convertible changes entirely when Sport or Sport Plus is selected. The 911 becomes rewarding and supplies you with a sort of sporty handling and steering you must always inquire for in a 911. The dull 911 adjustments into a complete-bred sports activities car with its total array of capabilities accessible for you to challenge even with the roof down! Why cannot you just leave on Sport Plus all the time, Porsche? With out it even a Korean sedan feels far more rewarding.
So what did Gemballa add to the equation. The Germans offer you a physique kit, wheel package deal and exhaust method for the 911 Coupe and Convertible. The entire body kit from the expert from Leonberg functions new front and rear bumpers and side skirts. Created to match to the vehicle utilizing the factory mounting points, these Gemballa parts are a straight swap for the unique components, and the conversion is completely reversible really should you ever wish to return the car to regular.
The 21 inch ultra-light 5-spoke forged alloy wheels comprehensive the exterior package deal and are not a significant influence to the handling and ride good quality of the 2012 Porsche 911. The exterior upgrades give a much more aggressive look to the stock 911. The bigger air inlets with double fins at the front channel more air to the front brakes and the engine for cooling. At the rear the two air inlets channel out the hot air from the rear brakes.
The exhaust is a story on its very own. The six finish pipes reveal its origin as currently being a Gemballa and are equally divided amongst the left and the right. With the exhaust vales open the engine breathes a lot more very easily and speaks with a deeper and more distinctive voice. The sound track is filled with backfire and a high volume scream. Not some thing you would count on from a 911 Carrera S and better than any of the stock offerings.
On the inside, the cabin offers the identical refinement as the coupe. Gemballa added some logos on the floor mates, the door sills and the steering wheel. The interior has some Panamera-fashion to it, with a much more enclosed and luxurious really feel. The driving place is spot on, and the seats feel the two sporty and at ease. The new electrically operated wind deflector pops up from behind the rear seats at the push of a button and provides you the option between two extra rear seats and wind blocking without having putting in a manual equivalent. Rather a nice resolution!
The 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Cabriolet is all what we thought it would be, a 991 Coupe without a roof. Even however the roof is an evolution in the globe of electrical roofs, the car’s sheer capacity to bring a smile on our encounter is only applicable when the Sport Plus mode is engaged and paddle shifters are fitted. The ability to get rid of the roof did not adjust our viewpoint on the auto. The 991-era is losing its sporting concentrate in the encounter of buyer demand for comfort and refinement.
Nevertheless, Gemballa opened our eyes and ears with their fantastic searching rims, aggressive body kit and backfiring exhaust program. The finish pipes may not be everybody’s selection, but the program is a clear winner for us bringing the mild 991 into a completely diverse league sound smart.
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