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News The Gemballa Marsien is a Modern Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rallye Car

The Gemballa Marsien is a Modern Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar Rallye Car

It is doubtful the Gemballa Marsien will ever see action like the Porsche 959 Safari has and that’s ok


  • The Marsien is based on a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

  • The name “Marsien” is the French word for martian.

  • Only 40 will be built.


Very few of us will ever see an actual Porsche 959 in the steel. Fewer still will get the opportunity to stare at Porsche’s Paris Dakar-winning 959 Safari. However, if you follow the auto show circuit or are an avid reader of car content, you’ll likely see this one more than once.

Gemballa Marsien | Photo: Gemballa

The Gemballa Marsien is a fully customized Porsche 911 Turbo S that has seen all of its body panels replaced with bespoke carbon fibre units. Every panel is inspired in one way or another by the iconic 959, right down to the massive squared-off rear spoiler.

The donor Turbo S’ twin-turbocharged flat-6 is tuned by RUF. The “base version” delivers 739 horsepower and 686 lb.-ft. of torque while the other upgrades boosts output to 818 horsepower. The Marsien will sound good too as Akrapovic will design a new titanium exhaust system.

Gemballa Marsien | Photo: Gemballa

Although this car will surely never be put to the test, it is equipped to tackle off-road terrains. Gemballa, according to Evo, has fitted the Marsien with KW Automotive for a new type of solid-piston damper that’s both adaptive and hydraulically height adjustable. Buyers will have the option to specify a fixed suspension setup.

Only 40 examples of the Gemballa Marsien will be assembled, half of which are already spoken for.

Gemballa Marsien | Photo: Gemballa

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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