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The Marsien – a 740 hp desert destructive 911.

Ever fancied an off-road supercar, that looks as good as a Porsche 911?
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting you the ‘Marsien’, conceived by Marc Philipp Gemballa, the 27-year-old son of the legendary German tuner Uwe Gemballa. The name Marsien is derived from the term Martian, owing to its out of the world performance. But also because the car literally looked like it was on Mars, when they drove it through the humongous sand dunes of the Al Faya desert in the UAE.

The Marsien.

So what is so special about this foxy solo looking Porsche 911 Turbo S?
Well for starters, let’s talk about the seemingly evident. The ground clearance. Thanks to a generous 250 mm (9.8 inch) ground clearance, the Marsien is way more than your average low-slung 911 Turbo S, cruising effortlessly through the dunes of the Middle-East. In on-road mode, the car would have a 120 mm (4.7 inches) ground clearance. Marc Philipp Gemballa partnered up with KW Automotive to render the Marsien an entirely bespoke suspension with a double-wishbone front setup depending on solid piston damper tech and active control. The dampers respond within 20 milliseconds to deal with any given terrain.

Aside the suspension, the carbon-fibre replacement throughout the entirety of the 911 Turbo S is worth a mention. That carbon is of F1 standard, my boy!

Now let’s talk powertrain. Trust me this is as gratifying as it gets. This off-road Porsche is powered by a Ruf tweaked flat-six engine with a twin-turbo setup churning out a 740 hp in the base trim, which could be upgraded to a massive 818 hp via VTG turbochargers and a remapped ECU. Torque max would be a mind-boggling 930 Nm (630 lb-ft). Oh and by the way, this beast is armed with an Akrapovič titanium exhaust, dedicated solely to this venture.
With a set of on-road tyres the Marsien could do the 0 to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds, maxing out at a 205 mph. The off-road top speed is an impressive 130 mph (210 kmph).

The Marsien is an exceptional design genius combining the elements of a super-car and an off-road vehicle.

As of now, the vehicle is undergoing crash test practice, because guess what : this expression of an eccentric Porsche is going to be street legal!

There would be only 40 units of this example ever made, tagged at a starting price of €495,000 (more than half a million dollars) and that doesn’t even include the donor 911 Turbo S.

However, we must applaud the engineering that went behind this. Looks like Marc takes after his dad, who was responsible for creating the most awestrucking Porsches ever! Having said that, Marc Philipp Gemballa isn’t associated with the Gemballa tuning firm. Marc doesn’t possess the legal rights to his dad’s company, but for what it’s worth he has apparently kicked it off, continuing the legacy of his late father.

On a scale of 1-10, how cool do you think is this revamped 911?

Nihar Hareesh View All

Founder, Content Creator at The Krankshaft.

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