Singer 911, retro look, modern performance
Some people say that Porsche really only built one car, at least they built a good car. 911 is like that. Of course, the 944 is impressive, and many older rides, such as the 550 Spyders, are definitely a hustle and bustle, but when you really understand it, when Porsche makes the 911, they hardly pay attention anymore. Just as straightforward and logical as a slug, the 911 is a car that is hard to argue with. Of course, this does not mean that there is no room for improvement. Especially when considering the old 911 and the new 911 (regardless of the name of the new number, they are still 911 in my book).
Take the Singer 911 for example. It started out as an 80s vintage 911, but by the time they got done with it ... well, looks pretty good, huh?
First seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this year, the Singer Vehicle Design tweaked 911, simply called the “Singer 911,” is built on an ’80s-era long-wheelbase 911 donor vehicle. Singer then strips each chassis down to its bare shell for, as Singer puts it, “reinvention” into a “celebration of the golden air-cooled era of the world’s most important sports car.” Well, I know some folks in Maranello that would argue with the last half of that statement, but why get hung up on that for the moment.
Although it looks like a vintage Porsche 911, the Singer 911 is anything but archaic. Singer has had a go at chassis stiffening, new active aerodynamics, and a lightweight integral backbone structure and roll cage that improves the torsional rigidity. And although you can’t tell through all that high-visibility orange paint, nearly all of the steel body panels are gone and have been switched for full carbon fiber composite bodywork. Oh, and that shade of orange is specific too. Singer calls it “Racing Orange”.
Way out back in the engine bay there’s an air-cooled 3.82-liter flat-six sporting six individual throttle bodies that looks like a million bucks. The mill features a GT3 crankshaft and titanium connecting rods, and will spin all the way to 8,000 RPM. The mill sends 425 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque to a Getrag G50 six-speed manual transmission and thence to the tarmac. Singer says their 2,400-pound 911 will hit 60 mph from a dead stop in 3.9 seconds and top out at 170 MPH.
C’mon, you know you want one.
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