A lot of us know Singer Vehicle Design and their signature work of reimagining Porsche 911s, and making them look like hot rods from the 70s. They are not alone as a company called Guntherwerks has recently been applying the same style to Porsche’s iconic coupe from the 1990s - the 993 generation.
During the Monterey Car Week, Guntherwerks decided to showcase one of their works, the 400R at The Quail, a Motorsports event. They revealed that this unique model costs half a million, or $525,000 to be precise. And the company plans to build only 25 examples of this beginning this year, where they will deliver the models in 2018.
A standard 993 is equipped with a 3.6 liter flat six. But Guntherwerks will replace this with a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter engine instead paired with a six-speed manual, with an output of around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 330 pound-feet (447 Newton-metres) of torque. Whereas with the old engine, the 993 only produced 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts).
Of course, there are a lot of noticeable changes on the outside, starting with the new bodykit that has been made wider, evoking the broad shape of the 993-spec Porsche 911 GT2. The tuned version will now have carbon fiber bumpers, fenders, and roof. It will be given a set of 315/30 18-inch rear tires, thanks to the more muscular flares. These Pirelli P Zero Rosso tires will work hand in hand with a set of KW Clubsport coilovers too. To finish off the exterior design, Guntherwerks gives it a pair of LED headlights up front, and an adjustable wing at the rear.
A makeover will never be complete if the cabin has not been touched, so the tuner adds a bit of sportiness and luxury to it, by combining leather and Alcantara racing seats finished in black, with red stitching. The tachometer now gets a red backdrop to make it stand out from the instrument panel. The rear seats have now been replaced by a carbon-fiber panel, as well as a half roll cage that will be important for the driver’s safety for track use. The 400R will definitely have a comfortable interior with proper air conditioning and heating. The keys are now custom made by Belgian company Conid Pens.
Guntherwerks will have to get donors for the cars they will be customizing. However, if you are an owner of the 993-generation 911, and you want an upgrade to turn it into a 400R, the company will be more than willing to take your car in to give it some tweaks, just be ready to shell out a considerable amount of cash.