Love sportscars and off-roading in equal measure? Well, here are two new cars that bring the best of both worlds together in Porsche 911's iconic shape.
If you’re a Porsche 911 aficionado and love off-roading just as much (a weird combination, but we aren’t judging), RUF and Gemballa have created special versions of the 911 to match your wild fantasies. Both these tuner firms have revealed their respective off-road versions of the 911. RUF calls their version the Rodeo Concept, while the Gemballa’s off-roader has a more serious sounding name – the Avalanche 4x4.
Let's start with the Rodeo Concept first. It is basically an off-road version of the company’s CTR supercar, which is a modern-day reinterpretation of the 1987 Porsche 911. While the design is over three decades old, it’s a completely modern car underneath. The body is made from carbon fibre, and RUF says it can be offered with either a naturally aspirated engine or a twin-turbo setup. Four-wheel drive will be standard, and it’ll also have a distribution control switch to manage the power between the front and rear axles. And, in case you haven’t already noticed, it has got raised suspension, all-terrain tyres and a beefy body kit.
The Gemballa Avalanche 4x4 follows a similar approach – raised body, rugged look, a long-travel suspension, and massive wheels fitted with off-road tyres. However, unlike the RUF, the Gemballa is based on a Porsche 911 – the base car here is the last-gen 991 model. Also, it has a very big spoiler!
Gemballa hasn’t revealed the engine specifications yet, but it’s expected to get a tweaked version of Porsche’s 3.8-litre boxer Biturbo engine that’s been tuned up to produce 807bhp and 1,098Nm of torque. The same engine powers Gemballa’s GTR 8XX Evo-R Biturbo (based on the 991 911 Turbo). Gemballa is also working on making this powertrain even more powerful – it’s expected to produce over 1,000bhp!
RUF hasn’t revealed if they’ll put the Rodeo Concept into production. However, Gemballa has confirmed that the Avalanche 4x4 will go on sale within the next 24 months.