Saturday, August 29, 2009

Tuning the Porsche Panamera: 2010 9ff Panamera, 2010 Gemballa Mistrale

What's better in life than owning a Porsche, is actually owning a tuned Porsche. In fact, there are spacial companies who only tune Porsches, like 9ff and Gemballa. This time around, both tuning companies have decided to tune the new Porsche Panamera sedan. While the Panamera won't win any beauty contests, it's in fact, a technical showcase. So let's see what the tuners did to this 4-door Porsche.

First, the 2010 9ff Panamera. Just before the end of 2008, tuner 9ff dropped some dark sketches of how they would tune the Panamera. Now though, here are the production photos. Cosmetic changes are very apparent, and they include: An extended body-kit with a lip front-spoiler, hood scoops, quad exhaust pipes, and oddly-shaped 22-inch rims. As for power hungers, the 9ff Panamera will come in three models; PT-55, PT-60 and PT-65, and which all include a twin-turbocharged 4.8L V8. The PT-55 gives the Porsche Panamera Turbo 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, through an upgraded ECU and air filters. The PT-60 adds an exhaust system and boosts output up to 600 hp with a peak torque of 590 lb-ft. The top of the line 9ff PT-65 gets a total of 650 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque through upgraded air-filters, turbochargers, a vented hood, and an exhaust system. - [9ff]

Gemballa on the hand, decided to tune their Panamera, to be more of a supercar, and a track machine. So all the visual enhancements have been designed to increase performance, which it does! Gemballa also changed Panamera's name after the tune, to the 2010 Gemballa Mistrale. like the 9ff, the Mistrale also gets a new body kit, big exhausts, and a carbon-fiber roof; plus, the black 22-inch rims are covered with racing tyres. Gemballa Mistrale will only be offered in one model, and one engine. Gemballa retuned the 4.8L twin-turbocharged V8, that now produces an astonishing 750 hp! Other performance enhancing features will include a newly air suspension module that lowers the Mistrale up to 40 millimeters, height-adjustable coilover suspension and a high-performance Gemballa brake system. - [Gemballa]

So how do these ultimate Panameras compare to Porsche's original? Well, these Panameras aren't yet gorgeous, but it still shows what can be done to a Porsche engine, specially now that it has 4-doors, and as luxurious as a 5-star hotel? What you think of them? Please tell us in the comments section.

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