We get it. The shape of the 911 is an icon on par with that of the Coke bottle and Betty Boop. But really? Is there no end to the amount people are prepared to pay to really make one of these shapes their own? There are over a million potential used factory 911s to choose from, and yet the choosy 911 fetishist is presented a choice of myriad manufacturers and tuners prepared to refresh, restomod, or utterly reimagine a 911. Now the factory is even getting in on the action. Here are four options we spotted during Monterey Car Week, plus something different for the 1-percenter who wants Porsche mechanicals without the classic shape.
Gunther Werks unveiled its prototype at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, in 2017, and this year the display included a recently completed car built for a European customer, alongside a complete body shell in naked high-gloss carbon fiber. Gunther receives and disassembles the donor 911—Carrera 2 coupes only, please, no C4s, Turbos, cabrios, or targas. The unibody structure and engine block are retained, but most other functional parts are sold off. Gunther devised a new suspension that “squares” the front and rear track widths and employs three-way adjustable coil-over shocks with separate reservoirs. The new control arms are highly adjustable, as well. The custom bodywork is designed to envelop the wider (295 front/335 rear) rolling stock. The 3.6-liter block gets a 4.0-liter crank from a water-cooled engine, plus new pistons, cylinders, heads, cams, etc. The finished piece revs to 8,000 rpm and produces a relatively tame 420 hp and 330 lb-ft. Compression is 11:1, and the induction and injection systems are custom, controlled by a MoTeC engine-control unit. Gearbox ratios are all custom tailored to the new engine, and a single-mass clutch and a strengthened limited-slip differential are included in the deal. The interior is trimmed in carbon fiber galore (looking as if it employs a carbon monocoque, which it doesn’t), with custom Gunther Werks-produced seats, dash, etc. Gunther Werks promises to build just 25 of these remastered 993s, each in a different color. This one is Chelsea Gray (as indicated on the sill plate).
All of Singer’s 964-era cars are ostensibly bespoke one-offs. For this one, the client requested the ultimate in a lightweight, highly dynamic car, thus launching the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS). The project involved collaboration with the race-car builders at Williams Advanced Engineering, who helped build what Singer is touting as “the world’s most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 engine.” Other technical partners like Bosch helped bring other cutting-edge technologies like modern stability control offering driver-selectable levels of assistance. Singer, Williams, and Bosch collaborated closely to ensure that all sensors and required communications networks were integrated into the vehicle from the get-go. The 4.0-liter four-cam 24-valve engine produces 500 hp at 9,000 rpm. The six-speed transaxle is completely bespoke and helps move the engine forward in the car for better weight distribution. On the lightweighting front, the entire body is carbon fiber, and though it looks 964-ish, the entire surface has reportedly been tweaked to optimize for aerodynamics. Curb weight is said to be just over 2,200 pounds. Singer promises to make no more than 75 custom 911s, of which this one marks round about 60. So hurry up and commission your dream 911 soon if you want Singer to do it.