Are you the sort who wants an exotic sports car and a luxury SUV, but can't afford to buy both and a garage big enough to hold them? German tuner Gembella has the vehicle for you, and it's called the Tornado 750 GTS.
As far as the volks at Gembella are concerned, the Tornado 750 GTS isn't an SUV anymore, it's an exotic sports car. Hearing the cries from rich family men who wanted the space and comfort of an SUV and the driving experience of an exotic sports car, they went to town on a Porsche Cayenne Turbo and came up with this, a 750-hp, carbon-bodied, Alcantara-wrapped beast.
To make sure everyone knows this ain't no regular Cayenne, Gembella completely reworked the styling and added all kinds of functional scoops to cool the brakes, engine, oil and intercooler. New diffusers front and rear increase downforce while a new forward-opening hood helps direct more air through the intercooler. All the new bodywork is made from carbon-fiber and contributes to an impressive 551-pound weight loss, bringing the curb weight down from 5192 lbs stock to just 4641 lbs.
The Tornado isn't just a body kit either. Under the hood, Gembella has punched out the 4.8L V-8 block to 5.0L, stuffed it with forged internals, attached headers and bigger turbos, fitted a gigantic intercooler, added a sport exhaust system and rewritten the engine computer program. The result is a 750-hp, fire-breathing monster that puts down 774 lb-ft of torque. Gembella didn't say whether they'd started with a Cayenne Turbo or Turbo S, so that power number represents an increase of either 250 hp or 200 hp and 258 lb-ft or 221 lb-ft respectively. Likewise, the extra power is good for a top speed of over 186 mph, an improvement of 15 mph or 12 mph respectively. From a stop, the 0 to 62 mph time has dropped to 4.3 seconds, down from 5.1 seconds for the Turbo and 4.8 seconds for the Turbo S.
Gembella didn't stop at the engine, either. The Cayenne's sophisticated adjustable suspension has been dumped in favor of an adjustable coilover setup that can lower the vehicle up to 2.75 inches. Brake sizes have been increased to 16.5" in the front and 15" in the rear and are now clamped by six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers in the back. The new running gear is all topped off with massive 22-in forged wheels wrapped in 335-width steamrollers.
Inside, Gembella has redesigned the dash and center console using a less-is-more approach and has eliminated the middle seat in the rear, preferring instead to give all passengers more hand holds to grab in sharp corners. Gembella finished off the interior by upgrading the front seats to more sporting units and wrapping everything they could find in Alcantara including the seats, dash, center console, steering wheel and more.
All of this sound like the perfect SUV/sports car combination to you? Better whip out that Black Card quick, because Gembella is only building 50 copies of the Tornado 750 GTS and they'll cost a cool 400,000 euros (US$519,550) each. Nevermind that for that kind of change you could buy a Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and a Porsche 911 GT2 and still have enough left over to buy a small house with a garage to put them in.