• Sep 24th 2009 at 7:57PM
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Singer Vehicle Design rolled out its first prototype, plainly named the "Singer 911," at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last month. Based on an '80s-era long-wheelbase 911 donor vehicle, the company strips each chassis to its bare shell for "reinvention" into what Singer calls a "celebration of the golden air-cooled era of the world's most important sports car."

Incontestable is its vintage Porsche 911 look. However, the Singer 911 is far from antiquated. The complete reincarnation includes chassis stiffening, new active aerodynamics, and a lightweight integral backbone structure and roll cage to improve torsional rigidity. Most interestingly, nearly all of the steel body panels are replaced by full carbon fiber composite bodywork candy-coated in Singer's exclusive "Racing Orange" paint.

Under the rear decklid is an air-cooled 3.82-liter flat-six sporting six individual throttle bodies. With a GT3 crankshaft and titanium connecting rods, the powerplant spins eagerly to 8,000 RPM. The engine sends 425 horsepower and 340 lb-ft of torque to a proper Getrag G50 six-speed manual transmission. According to the engineering team, the 2,400-pound Singer 911 will sprint to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 170 MPH.

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Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

Under the skin are Moton shock absorbers, Eibach coil-overs, and Smart Racing Products adjustable sway bars. The four-piston brakes are sourced from the race-bred Porsche 930. Completing the performance package, and appearing period-correct, are the custom Zuffenhaus forged aluminum three-piece "Fuchs" wheels.

Singer's attention to detail carries throughout the vehicle... with a decidedly modern touch. State-of-the-art Hella bi-xenon headlamps reside within the headlight buckets, while a special lightweight air-conditioning system keeps occupants cool (keen eyes will notice that even the 911's windshield wipers have been relocated to the optimal center-mounted "993" position). The audio system includes satellite radio, iPod, and Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation assistance is provided by a Garmin-sourced GPS.

The Singer 911 isn't for everyone, and its still-unannounced pricing will reflect that exclusivity. Touted by Singer as "the love child of a 1967 911S, a 1973 911 Carrera RS and a 1996 993 RS," the car is crafted for the passionate car enthusiast who is seeking a viscerally intense vehicle, surprising sophisticated, yet very reliable. It's an emotional thing. If the Singer 911 doesn't drop your jaw at first glance, it probably never will.

Singer has promised Autoblog a drive and full review before the end of the year, so stay tuned.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      first of all i LOVE this concept. but i would also love to have a less powerful, less expensive version. back in the day there was a 912-4 cylinder, a 6 cylinder 911E, 911T and a 911S, in order of power and equipment. i'd take a newly-created bare bones 912 in carbon fiber. in navy blue please. those pseudo Fuchs alloys are HOT.

      oh why can't i be RICH?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??! sigh. : )
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      I love this thing. It'd make a nice daily driver! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those rims. Ohhhhh.

        • 5 Years Ago
        What about the spokes and hubs? Or do you just want the rims?
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        Nor the lugnuts and tyres.
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        Don't forget the valve stems and caps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE IT!!!
      But, why is the fuel filler in the middle of the hood. I wouldn't want to splash gas on that sexy orange paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Open the bonnet cover, and use a very careful system of fuel-proof covers stored there, or a funnel, or something, and maybe even a fender apron to keep the fuel hose off the bodywork, and any fuel spills off the car entirely.

        It looks dead sexy in a race-ready way, but that is a pragmatic issue with a center-fill fuel lid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't take gas. It takes rocks and the spittle of baby seals.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is everyone so surprised? It's just another Restomod.
      Someone was doing this with old Jensen Interceptors too, mamba?

      Well, I for one am glad people are doing this with old European cars instead of just Chevys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I guess the bottom line is that there are a TON of Porsche fans here in the US, and this is the first time some one has done this with an old 911.

        I just remembered that besides the Jensen Interceptor Restomods, groups are also doing this to the 2002 BMW and the Datsun 240 Z.

        Both of which also change very little from stock and look right to many people here in the US.


        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a resto-mod the same way that you could call a Yacht, "a boat"

        This isn't just a resto-mod, it is one done immaculately well, including a full carbon fiber body upgrade.

        Most resto-mods don't go to this level, regardless of the source make and model.
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        The Jensen Interceptor S by V Eight is essentially a total rebuilding of an original Interceptor, with many key areas upgraded with modern components. A General Motors LS2 sends 414 horsepower to the independently sprung rear wheels through a modern five-speed automatic transmission. The stock chassis calibration has been upgraded as well, and 17-inch wheels couple tire to tarmac. £75,000 pounds will get you a hand-rebuilt and upgraded Jensen that's a significant improvement in quality over the original, while also benefitting from decades of advancement in engine management.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It isn't just the materials.

        It is the workmanship, but even more than that, it is the preserved purity of the design.

        Most concours restorations have the workmanship, but the car is not improved upon, it is as close to stock pristine as possible. That is cool.

        Most resto-mods that I have seen, that aren't well into the six figure range, are not built to this level of workmanship, and the improvements change the car significantly, in both function and design.

        Most high-dollar domestic muscle-car type resto-mods are much further from original than this car is, although the workmanship is probably on par with this.

        A tube-frame car with an IRS, and a modified, de-chromed, frenched-antenna, stream-lined american resto-mod LOOKS more custom than this.

        The interesting thing about this Porsche is the fact that it doesn't need to be fabricated to have an independent rear suspension. It doesn't need to be excessively re-styled to be sleek and smooth. The original car *already was.*

        This Porsche does have a roll bar and such in it, so yes, there are some changes... but a rear-engined 70's chassis with 425 horsepower capable of less than 4-seconds to 60mph... had BETTER have a roll bar in it, and road/race versions of the car back then probably had crash protection in them, too, as a real safety precaution.

        The "magic" of this Porsche is that it looks so close to stock, while being that light, and that powerful, and that slick and smooth by design. The amazing bit is how little the styling had to change to look so sublimely "right", and to look right to so many people.

        Usually with other resto-mods... it is somewhat rare for a car to look "right" to many people... usually they cater to the taste of the owner, some like-minded... rather than having truly wide appeal.

        This car has seemed to hit the target directly in the bullseye of what most enthusiasts would improve from the original, and what they would keep the same to maintain the essence of the original. Add to that the seeming rarity of imported hardware getting such thorough and well-done modifications. Porsches that get attention like this, tend to be restored much closer to original, more often than resto-modded to this level.
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      I was just about to jump in the comments and say "this is hot" then I saw like 10 "this is hots" !
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      Love the pre G body 911s with smaller bumpers
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      this is hot...............first
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        want... nao!
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        Anybody wanna guess how much? I'll say $200,000. This would beat out the Z-tune from Nissan as they most expensive new/used car.
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        Hot was the first word to my mind too. Nice.
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        Hot is right. I bet it murders engine oil.
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        Hot.... with a 30 year old crash worthiness... They should have used a NEW porsche donor car....
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      Rear-engine design is very poor - but this is HOT! Too bad they don't make a (relatively) affordable version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what an amazing car, i would pick this over a current 911 any day.
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