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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gemballa Gives the McLaren 650S More Power, Sleeker Looks


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Gemballa isn’t known for being subtle. Nor any other tuner, for that matter. But it’s hard to fault the German custom shop for its latest project: a lovely little McLaren 650S with some simple tunes, and some extra horsepower.
The most questionable part of the project is the face. Definitely softer than how it’s shipped from the factory, but overall not a completely terrible thing to look at. The sleeker design approach follows suit in the rear and side skirts, giving this already performance-focused vehicle even more downforce from front to back.

The addition of 20-inch front and 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels add to the drama, with carbon fiber inner arches that make up the extra space for the larger wheels. And then there’s the power…


With a reworked ECU, Gemballa was able to extract 670 horsepower from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8.

 A healthy 20+-horsepower increase over the standard McLaren 650S—though, Gemballa doesn’t have 0-60 times or top speed on hand. It should be somewhere under 3.0 seconds and well over 205 mph.

All that speed won’t come cheap, though. The price of the package, not including your already purchased 650S, will set you back $38,286 (€33,900).