Porsche 911 by Singer with Jay LenoAfter waiting four years to drive the Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer, we finally got our chance to review it from behind the wheel earlier this year. Every auto writer is familiar with salivating over the chance to drive a vehicle that has stirred them from the moment they saw a picture of it, then being crushed when the drive turns out to be terrible - and this includes $300,000-plus hand-built supercars, too. The Porsche 911 Reimagined by Singer was the antidote to that, going well beyond the abundant hopes we had for it.

It's pulled into Jay Leno's Garage for some time with Mr. Burbank, and Singer founder Rob Dickinson gives Leno a tour of the coupe's whats and whys: the early nineties 964 structure underneath the sixties 911 "Butzi" bodywork rendered in carbon fiber, the Cosworth-developed 3.8-liter engine with 350 horsepower, the quilted leather over the Firesafe fuel tank and matching luggage up front.

But you should let Dicksinson tell you in his own words. As for Leno, Singer's work appears to hit all the right buttons for him, too. You can watch him enjoy it in the video below.


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      Christopher Anderson
      • 11 Months Ago
      An absolute work of art. Damn shame it costs so much, because I'll never have one, but it's worth every penny.
      S40Powered
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fantastic job. The attention to details, fit and finish is just wonderful. Love the headlights (still retro with a modern twist).
      cwnelson1
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wish J Leno had done all the narration. This Singer person talks forever without really specifically saying much at all.
        Hoale
        • 11 Months Ago
        @cwnelson1
        Being on camera is definitely not one of Rob's talents but you could tell he really wanted to emphasize all the hard work that went into building these amazing machines/works of art.
      Matt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sorry, but the 911's are not my thing. I just think they look awkward and handle poorly, even the new ones. I just do not understand the appeal, so many better sports cars out there today.
        Christopher Anderson
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matt
        "Handle poorly"??
        emagdnim653
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Please say v6 mustang is the greatest sports car ever, please say v6 mustang .... ( crosses fingers, biting nails all while anxiously wait at the edge of my seat)
        IOMTT
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matt
        Early 911's don't handle poorly, just differently. If they handled poorly, they would have never won a race. Early 911s did not suffer ham fisted fools. These days, the traits of the early 911 have been engineered out for better or worse depending on personal preference. The 911 is the best all round sports car ever made and racing history bears this out. This Singer is just at another level above the rest of the R Gruppe hot rods out there. I love em! But like you said, not everyone's cup of joe.
        Matt
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matt
        You don't deserve to use the name Matt to comment on here. You're making all other people named "Matt" look bad. The 911 is a great car with a great history on the road and the track. The Singer is an amazingly detailed rendition. I love it.
      Bryan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Porsche most overrated overhyped cars on the planet unless you have a gt2 or Carrera gt at over 200k
      John Blaze
      • 11 Months Ago
      One of my dream cars. I just don't know what color combo that I would want.
      Jesse
      • 11 Months Ago
      The only people who complain about a Porsche never had one. If you ever felt the balance and Power of a Porsche whether a stock 911, turbo or a gt3. SURE SURE Some People have opinions about nothing they even have a clue about. Older Porsche is a Raw machine, Only Drivers that are skilled can handle it. Otherwise go buy a vette lol.
        Scott Meyer
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jesse
        Great cars. True driver cars. Love the 914's just for that reason.
      Doug Lofstedt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Like a kid in a candy store with no money. Very sad kid here!
      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      The closer you look the more beautiful the car becomes. Well done Singer.
      Chinh
      • 11 Months Ago
      For $350,000, I'd rather buy a gt3 rs3 4.0 which is practically hand-built by Porsche and be left with substantial change for a new cayman s, which would outhandle the Singer all day long. I would not buy a Singer had I money to burn.
        Mike
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Chinh
        I think you missed the point of what Singer is doing. They are focussed on Porsche enthusiasts who appreciate the experience of driving the air-cooled Porsche's and also the iconic styling of them. They've taken an already fantastic car and made it even more refined. You say that a Cayman S can out handle the Singer all day long. Yet Top Gear was able to put down a faster lap time in the Singer than with the GT3 RS. Reading your comment I just get the feeling you've never worked on your own cars, much less older cars. There's a huge difference in a light and nimble car with mechanical steering, heavy clutch and power than a fat bulky beast operated by computers with gobs of power.
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is my new favorite Porsche.
      Teleny411
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's sooo cute! There's something about the dainty size of the early 911 (and 356) that's kind of adorable in a 500, mini, Topolino kind of way.
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