Rare Gemballa Mirage GT Sent to Private Jet Might Be the Epitome of Cool

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Gemballa is known for many things, such as making insanely powerful and expensive upgrade kits for all kinds of supercars out there, and perhaps one of his more well-known creations is the Mirage GT based on the Porsche Carrera GT.

The Carrera GT was Porsche’s halo car of the 2000s and is full of features loved by car enthusiasts the world over, starting with the naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V10 that produces 603 horsepower and 435 pound-feet (590 Newton-meters) of torque.

Also, in an age when more and more car manufacturers are opting to incorporate automatic transmissions into their supercars, Porsche went the classic route, fitting the Carrera GT with a rather special six-speed manual transmission that sends power only through the rear wheels and mated to the engine via a double-plate ceramic dry clutch.

Only 1,270 units were ever built, so it’s not a readily available commodity, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out there who wants something a little more special than a stock Carrera GT.

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Enter the Gemballa Mirage GT. With a widebody kit, straight-pipe exhaust system, engine tuning that boosts power to 661 hp and peak torque to 465 lb-ft (630 Nm), and lots of carbon fiber used for interior tweaks, it’s sure to attract crowds wherever it goes.

Only 25 Carrera GTs have ever been converted into Mirage GTs, according to Gemballa’s website, but the blue one shown in the embedded video above (next to the Aston Martin V12 Speedster) is actually unique in that it is apparently the only one in the world to have a genuine Porsche steering wheel, albeit covered in a different leather than when it left the factory, while the other 24 have Gemballa-designed steering wheels with two horn buttons at 9 and 3 o’clock positions.

Finished in Gentian Blue Metallic and with Cuoio Leather interior, this particular Mirage GT example is part of Lee’s private collection which stands for Lance East Exotics and is based in Perth, Western Australia. However, as you will see in the 10-minute video, the glorious-sounding German blue supercar was shipped to London and delivered directly to the tarmac at London Stansted airport where it patiently waited for the private jet to arrive.

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Later, Gemballa and Aston Martin were whisked back to London, where the V10-powered German supercar made noise in the middle of the British capital. But feel free to watch the embedded video and let us know what you think in the comments section below.