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2009-04-29 11:23
Trick doors. Mercedes-Benz immortalised this design fad with its achingly beautiful 300SL. Lamborghini has never stopped and now you can retrofit your Porsche with scissor doors too. Oh dear.

Behind this mad idea – of hinging scissor doors to a perfectly able 997 Turbo – is German aftermarket tuning legend Uwe Gemballa. From his Leonsburg workshop Uwe has built an envious (or is it notorious?) reputation as a Porsche tuner of note.

It is in particular his 997 Turbo based Avalanche GTR range of customisations which have left enthusiasts gasping, for all sorts of reasons.

Admit it - this just does not look right.

Flipping the lid

To add some differentiation to his products Uwe now has scissor doors as an option on 997 Turbos fettled by Gemballa tuning. Uwe might call them 'wingdoors', but beyond semantics they remain quite an awful idea.

Fortunately the remainder of the Avalanche GTR 650 wingdoor package is redoubtably engineered to provide prodigious performance.

The engine has been thoroughly worked over, and features Titanium conrods, a custom air intake system specially developed by Gemballa and no less than three intercoolers. Power output goes ballistic, up 125kW form the stock 911 Turbo’s 353kW to a new peak of 478kW.

Keeping things neat at speed are dual springs at each wheel, partnered by stiffened suspension mounts and new stabiliser bars. If sudden deceleration is called for, discs have swelled in diameter to 405mm items on the front axle and 380mm at the rear.

In Gemballa’s carbon-black finish the specially moulded bonnet, font skirt, spoiler and rear wheel arch air-intakes look quite fetching. In fact the only thing upsetting the entire package are those silly scissor doors, which was done perfectly the first time by Mercedes – nearly sixty years ago.


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