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Yep, we desperately want this Gemballa GTR 600

Do modified Porsches get any better than this? It's a 993 Turbo with 610bhp

Published: 12 Jan 2022

This is a 993-gen Porsche 911 Turbo. Or more accurately – this was once a 993-gen Porsche 911 Turbo. It’s now an utterly beguiling Gemballa GTR 600, and you will want to own it. 

It’s currently for sale at London dealer Hexagon Classics for the bargain price of just £295,000. Oh, and it has a decent 31,700 miles on the clock, too.

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Some history. This particular right-hand drive car left the factory in 1996 with a blue exterior and a light grey and blue leather interior. After a year it was shipped to Gemballa and upgraded to Biturbo 570 spec, but clearly that wasn’t enough for the then owner, because after one more year it was back with Uwe for a €190,000 conversion to GTR 600 spec.

The result is what you see here. The 3.6-litre twin-turbo flat-six makes 610bhp and 530lb ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox and a GT2 racing clutch. 0-60mph apparently takes just 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is somewhere north of 200mph despite that shy and retiring rear wing.

The extensive modifications essentially took the 993 to homologation special GT2 Evo spec, with pretty much every oily bit upgraded (including brakes, suspension and a full engine rebuild) and that glorious widebody aero kit fitted. A huge amount of carbon was used, and it was even given those new aerodynamic headlights. 

At the time it was resprayed in Porsche Polar Silver and was apparently one of only four GTR 600 builds completed, so it’s a remarkably rare thing today. Whoever buys it, just make sure you drive it…

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