How often do you stumble upon a Carrera GT for sale? How about its dark-sided, angrier, more powerful, Gemballa-tuned evil twin? That’s what we thought too…
Visually, a Gemballa Mirage GT overloads your senses with its over-the-top looks, but unlike the more recent creations of the German tuner, this one looks stunning.
At the time of the launch, the Carrera GT was the most exciting, the best looking, the most expensive and the fastest road-going Porsche ever made. That being said, Porsche only built 1,270 Carrera GT’s and modifying one is a Herculean task. Not only because the car was pretty much perfect from the beginning, but also because purists did not fancy the idea too much. Nevertheless, Gemballa somehow managed to pull it off, making the car more spectacular and powerful in the process.
Now, the stock Carerra GT was powered by a 5.7-litre V10, which developed 612 BHP. Considering the fact that the car didn’t had electronic-stability-control, we believe its power figure is more than adequate. Gemballa on the other hand, believed “you can never have too much power”, that’s why a Mirage GT develops 661 BHP. 49 BHP may not seem as a considerable addition, but people forget these figures are on top of the already tricky to handle base model.
Gemballa even changed the lightweight carbon fiber and silicon carbide clutch assembly with its own Gemballa Sport Clutch.
That’s why the aerodynamics had to be modified. Such a fast and scary car demanded an extensive overhaul of the bodywork for improve stability and cooling. That’s why every visual element on the Mirage GT is made from carbon fiber and extensively tested in the wind tunnel. The rear diffuser, the roof mounted air intakes and even the side skirts with vents in them were thoroughly revised and tested. It doesn’t look too far from a FIA GT race car…
The brakes, the exhaust and the suspension were upgraded as well. Gemballa even considered that the car carried to much unsprung weight with the stock wheels and replaced them with high-tech forged alloy rims with the same diameter as the OEM ones.
Finding one for sale is not that easy, considering the fact that just 25 uniquely tailored Gemballa Mirage GTs were made. But we found one at Amian-Cars, in Germany, and it’s the Black Edition version with orange paint used as a contrast to highlight details around it. Even the steering wheel and the shift knob are made with carbon fiber.
It had only two previous owners and has covered 19,450 KM (12,086 Miles). The price is not listed, but considering the fact that the conversion kit was over €229,800 ($260,114) back in the day, it’s safe to assume this one will cost more than €800,000 ($905,624).