Classic Porsche 911s have been in the midst of a retro-mod renaissance lately, with lots of money going into taking fuzzy, sentimental visions of grainy oversaturated ’70s awesomeness and transforming it into a real-world rolling art. R-Gruppe cars, love ‘em or hate ‘em, are the ultimate Porkers in this genre. However, Singer Vehicle Design of Los Angeles has jumped into the fray, seriously reworking an air-cooled long-wheelbase 911 into a modern performance car, doing what Porsche couldn’t (as they switched to water-cooling with the 996). As Singer puts it, “… have the evolved water-cooled 911’s proven more enjoyable? Is the drive more fulfilling? What of the magic behind the wheel?” It’s inarguable that the package Singer has put together answers all of those questions. Click through for a HUGE gallery of pics and more info.
The Singer 911 starts with any donor 911 chassis from ’69 through ’89, strips it down to a bare shell, and rebuilds it like it’s Robocop or something. You get a supplemental backbone chassis enhancement stitch welded onto the unibody, along with some carbon-fiber additions to further improve rigidity. The torsion bar suspension is tossed in favor of Moton remote-oil-resevoir MacPherson struts up front, and coilovers in the back, held up with Eibach springs all around. As if those goodies aren’t already making you salivate, how about 4-pot Brembos derived from a design that raced on the 917? And we haven’t even gotten to the engine – a 3.82L monster derived from the 993, bored and stroked to make 360 HP or 425 HP depending on tune. That’s a lot, especially with a bantam-weight 2400 lbs. to haul around. It all adds up to a 3.9 second 0-60 sprint in the higher-tune version. And finally, the interior is absolutely decked out in period style, featuring some badass vintage Recaro seats that have been redone using structural carbon fiber to reduce their weight. The purists will recoil in sheer terror, but anyone else will surely appreciate how awesome and extensive the reworking is. We have only one request: please don’t do this to a pristine 911! But if you have a tired 2.7L car and a lot of cash, we won’t bat an eye.