Vijay Pattni17 December 2013

Meet Gemballa’s 211mph Panamera

700bhp modified V8 turbo Porsche is world’s fastest two-tonne saloon

"We don't want to make exaggerated fantasy claims, and instead seek to wow our customers with actual facts," says Gemballa. Actual facts, and vast, vast quantities of horsepower.

So what exactly is Gemballa unwilling to make exaggerated fantasy claims about? This car here: a modified Porsche Panamera pushing out 700bhp and weighing in at over two tonnes (2,045kg to be exact). At the Nardo high-speed circuit, this very car - a customer car, no less - clocked a top speed of 338.8km/h (211mph).

Why is this significant? According to Gemballa, this makes the Megamera the world's fastest over-two-tonne street-legal saloon, which it's fair to say hasn't been a hotly contested category in the past. It does however, fall into a category we are aware of, in that its bloody fast. The ‘standard' 520bhp V8 Turbo Panamera runs to 189mph and is therefore no slouch. But 211mph? Sheesh.

The Panamera Turbo's standard 22-inch wheels, rear-seat entertainment, and even aero were left unaltered to achieve this top speed. Gemballa simply upped the twin-turbo V8 engine to 700bhp, and sent it to Italy. And not only will it do 211mph, it'll also go from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds, 0-124mph in 9.6 seconds and 0-186mph in 26.5 seconds. Actual facts, right there.

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