Top new models for SA

From Renault's new Alaskan bakkie to the latest models at the Frankfurt motor show bound for SA.

Electric cars in SA

The debate on whether or not Electric Vehicles (EV) are viable in South Africa rages on.

Panamera becomes Mistrale?

2009-08-19 07:17

Bonnet slits hint at increased cooling demands, commensurate to increased performance too we hope, especially as Gemballa are boost masters...

German tuners love modifying ugly Porsches and Panamera is about to supplant their Cayenne fetish.

Porsche’s controversially styled four-door performance saloon is sure to enact a raft of aftermarket tuning options as its first year of production draws to a close.

The man with a plan

Firing the first salvo for the aftermarket tuning industry is Leonsburg-based Porsche tuning legend, Uwe Gemballa.

Now we all know Uwe is no stranger to controversy (he sticks carbon-fibre all over priceless Carrera GTs for instance), yet the renderings of his forthcoming Panamera tuning kit, named Mistrale (after the notorious Mediterranean wind, yet spelled differently) are quite appetising.

Retro centre-line lighting strip with Gemballa motif is a bit odd. Supercar exhaust configuration looks great though.

New fore and aft bumpers are set to replace the stock items, with a carbon-fibre lip underscoring the restyled nose and repositioned stainless steel exhausts (they’ve been moved up and inwards) sitting flush in a mesh cut-out above the properly enlarged rear diffuser.

Technical details are non-existent at the moment, yet the new bonnet, which sports additional cooling slits (as do the bumpers), hints at boosted performance.

From the renderings we gauge the black roof finish alludes to a BMW M3-like carbon-fibre roof-panel replacement.

Besides looking great as an offset colour contrast to the rest of the Mistrale’s white surfacing, it should lower the car’s centre of gravity and improve (negligibly) the Mistrale’s handling performance.

Expect more details from Gemballa as the Frankfurt motor show rolls around in September.


Inside Wheels24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.