Marsien: the Porsche 959 is reborn with Gemballa

The famous Porsche tuner Gemballa has just presented the Marsien. A superb reinterpretation of the legendary 959, based on a 911 Turbo S type 992.

For some, the Porsche 959 is considered the very first supercar in the world. Presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1983, less than a year before the no less legendary Ferrari 288 GTO, this 959 had a Flat-6 – 2.8 liters bi-turbo 450 hp and all-wheel drive. Allowing this real 1450 kg rocket to shoot down from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds and reach a speed of 317 km / h!

Originally intended for Group B races, the 959 really forged its letters of nobility during the Paris-Dakar rally. In 1985, the three cars entered (off-road versions with the chassis type 961) unfortunately had to give up. But had nevertheless already stood out by their power (400 hp) much higher than those of their competitors. The following year, however, the 959 literally flew over the 13,800 km of the event crossing deserts and the African savannah. With the double “Jacky Icks / Claude Brasseur” and “René Metge / Dominique Lemoyne” on the first two steps of the podium.

A 959 version 2021

It is this history that motivated Marc Philipp Gemballa, son of Uwe Gemballa the founder of the brand, to develop a modern version of the 959 Rallye. With his team, they transformed a Porsche 911 Turbo S type 992 (the very last generation) into a rally-raid 959.

In addition to its specific carbon fiber body kit, clearly inspired by the original 959 and designed by Alan Deroisier, Gemballa first took care of raising the ground clearance of the German missile: 12 cm in the “road” position and 25 cm in “off-road” position, in less than 20 milliseconds thanks to its pneumatic cushioning. Obviously depending on the playing field, the Marsien will have to adapt its tires: from 19 to 21 inches depending on the type chosen. The Marsien is thus ready to face the most hostile regions.

A Ruf engine!

The mechanics are also worth looking into, because another renowned tuner took charge of boosting the original 650 hp engine a bit. Indeed, the Marsien embeds a Ruf twin-turbo Flat-6 developing up to 829 hp depending on the mode chosen (minimum 751 hp). The maximum torque remains constant with 930 Nm. And the whole spits its aggressiveness via a tailor-made exhaust system signed Akrapovic.

Thus, the Marsien is able to shoot down from 0 to 100 km / h in 2.6 seconds… and reach a top speed of 330 km / h (limited to 210 km / h in off-road mode).

Superb achievement therefore! But there won’t be something for everyone. Only 40 copies of the Marsien will see the light of day at a unit price of 495,000 euros. And more than half of them are already booked. Small detail which is nevertheless important: to take advantage of it, you will first have to deliver your own 911 Turbo S to Gamballa… and therefore invest around 220,000 euros, before signing the pharaminous check requested by the preparer.

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