This is not the tuner you were looking for.
Shown here is the Gemballa Avalanche, a heavily re-bodied Porsche 930 Turbo “Slantnose” that’s received numerous upgrades, including an uptick in power from your standard Turbo, but most importantly a host of major visual modifications. It’s like the designers took every aggressive feature of the car and said give me more. The already-wide body? Widen it some more. The big wing? Make it bigger. Two sets of twin exhaust pipes? Let’s shoot for a 2 x 3 instead. Then you throw in a totally unnecessary roof spoiler that completely engulfs the C-pillar and finish it off with bladed side vents a la Ferrari Testarossa.
And the crazy thing is, it works. All the elements come together to create a 911 that is both visually distinct and appealing. Sometimes, the craziest ideas make the best ideas, and such is the case here.
This Gemballa is produced by BOS Models, short for Best Of Show, replicators of some of the most oddball cars ever produced in automotive history. If you’ve never heard of them, look up their catalogue and you’ll see what I mean. They fill a niche that isn’t exactly the most popular but should be well appreciated by the hardcore enthusiasts out there.
As my first model from them, naturally I had to wonder whether their products are truly BOS, or simply just POS. Thankfully, it’s not the latter. Exterior detail looks great throughout. The deep cherry paint color played a huge role in me wanted to get this model, and it looks amazing with the matching, red-centered mesh wheels. The light clusters and indicators are all done up using individual plastic lenses. Resin model here, so no pop-up headlights here. The instrument cluster could use some more depth but again, resin model.
If I remember correctly, these are just a bit over 100 Euros over at CK, making it neither cheap nor expensive on the resin scale. Then again, there really is no competition or comparison for a model like this. In a market full of cookie-cutter sports cars, we could all use something different. The Gemballa is the kind of model that would appeal to both Porsche fans as well as those who know nothing about either Gemballa or Porsches, because it’s just a flat-out wicked car.