Here are the 10 best Porsche 911s reinvented by the singer
For gearboxes and car enthusiasts, there is hardly anything more exciting than the science of automotive tuning. Whether it’s turning vintage models into modern classics or turning a modern example into a sicker build, in terms of performance or aesthetics, or even both. Notably, the culture of car tuning is almost as old as the invention of cars. And for its importance in the innovation and proliferation of cars, America has been a major hub for the convergence of some of the most talented auto tuners the world has ever seen. One of them is Singer Vehicle Design.
Founded in 2009 by British musician Robert Dickinson, Singer was named in honor of the iconic Porsche engineer Norbert Singer as well as in recognition of Dickinson’s musical background. However, unlike most tuners with a wide range of specializations, Singer focuses on “reimagining” the Porsche 964, a type of 911 model sold between 1989 and 1994. Although the resulting builds are often more than surprisingly, however, we consider these Singers to have reimagined the Porsche 911s as the most outstanding examples of all.
Based on a 1990 Porsche 911 Targa, it is the “Luxembourg”, the name of the canton of its owner in Minnesota. Under the hood is a 4.0-liter flat-six engine producing 385 horsepower, giving the Targa car immense power. Notably, Luxembourg presents probably the most unique interior set on this list.
Called the “Tyler Tartan,” it features a woven leather pattern in seven colors, four shades of blue, two oranges, and one cream. The exterior of the Luxemburg was then superbly finished in Deep Orange, while its removable carbon fiber roof was covered in Navy canvas.
Also ordered by the owner of Luxembourg, this is the “Minnesota”, a restored 911 by Singer which was originally a Model 964 of the last year. It received power upgrades in the form of Singer’s 3.8 Cosworth engine, which was tuned to produce an incredible 350 horsepower and mated to a six-speed transmission.
The hardtop also features a roll bar in the rear, while its full makeover includes a tobacco brown interior with full leather panels and sport seats crafted from a suede blend with brass grommets. In addition, the exterior received a carefully decorated Gunmetal Gray paint.
This 911 built by Singer is called the Pfaff Commission. It features a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six built by Ed Pink Racing engines. Compared to the stock unit which produces 250 horsepower, this new mill delivers an incredible 385 horsepower, and it is mated to a six-speed transmission.
Inside, the Pfaff Board has been completely personalized and handcrafted with features including a wooden gearshift knob. In addition, the redesigned 911 includes new body panels, brakes, suspension and more.
Car with mountain view
Completed by Singer in 2016, this particular build started life as a 1991 Porsche 911, and it’s called the Mountain View Car. It also received the Ed Pink treatment in the form of an air-cooled 4.0-liter flat-six engine with an output of 390 horsepower.
Notably, with a focus on weight reduction, however, the car had to do without a few niceties while incorporating carbon fiber body panels for a total curb weight of less than 3,000 pounds. The most alluring feature of its construction has to be its Downtown Blue paintwork accented with Singer Racing Orange highlights.
Singer Targa’s rooftops are as rare as houndstooth, but this unusual unit recently appeared in an auction house, and it’s one of the best we’ve seen. It is based on a 1991 right-hand drive Porsche 911 powered by a 4.0-liter air-cooled flat-six engine mated to a G50 five-speed transmission.
Additionally, Singer modernized the interior with four-way adjustable Recaro seats and several handcrafted accessories. The stunning build is then completed with dark blue paint and orange ‘Porsche’ side decals to match the orange Fuchs-style wheels.
When presented with a Porsche 964, there is almost nothing that Singer is not capable of. Here the tuner turned this Porsche 964 into an incredible off-roader called the All-Terrain Competition Study (ACS). Notably, the ACS was built in collaboration with British 911 rally specialist Richard Tuthill. It gets its power from a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six with 450 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
Along with the insane powertrain, the ACS also has a significantly higher ride height that helps it adapt to its larger BF Goodrich K02 tires, among others.
Known as the Southampton Commission, this is a recent Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer, powered by Singer’s 4.0-liter flat-six engine. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, this Porsche uses a rear-wheel drive setup and also rides on Fuchs-style wheels. The interior has woven suede padding, while other features are orange in color.
The steering wheel is covered in black suede and decorated with light blue stitching. Nonetheless, the exterior finish is the most captivating because of its Singer’s Perfect Blue finish.
Like the singer built before him, the Octagon Commission is simply breathtaking. Lifting the hood reveals a Singer modified 4.0-liter air-cooled flat-six engine with a reliable six-speed manual transmission that manages power distribution. Power output details aren’t readily available, but a similar setup generated around 500 horsepower and revs at 9,000 rpm.
The exterior being the most visible of this wonder has received a Sherlock Blue finish accented with slight ghost stripes and champagne lettering. Plus, the center hood mounted fuel filler is a delightful addition.
It’s “Mulholland” and the singer takes his name from the famous Mulholland Drive in California. A star wherever she goes, Mulholland, a reimagined 1991 Porsche 911 was built by Singer’s Special Wishes department, and it graces a Blueblood Light finish with special Mulholland Drive map graphics. The interior is air conditioned and finished in black.
However, for power, the Mulholland relies as usual on an air-cooled 4.0-liter flat-six engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
Singer has teamed up with technology and engineering services company Williams Advanced Engineering to produce this amazing reimagined classic Porsche called Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS). The partnership enabled the DLS to be equipped with a 4.0-liter flat-six that produces 500 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. It also adopted a six-speed manual transaxle made by Hewland.
As usual, Singer has outdone itself with DLS construction thanks to a Parallax White body made entirely from carbon fiber and an interior dipped in carbon fiber and leather with ‘Norfolk Yellow’ accents.
But what’s most impressive about Bisi’s 911 is that it seems to single-handedly design and build every part of the car.
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