We can't wait to hear that noisy air-cooled engine live.
In the old days when every Ferrari and Lamborghini was guaranteed to break down, you could at least find solace in excellent interior craftsmanship. Or could you? Even in the hallmark brands' cars, quality wasn't all that great until the last two decades or so, when the likes of Pagani have shown what it means to obsess over quality. Singer may not be an automaker per se, but its reimagined Porsche 911s are arguably as good as the best that Italy, Germany, or any other country can boast. It's no wonder, then, that the company is facing unprecedented demand worldwide, and that means that even if you can afford one, you're gonna wait to see and hear one. That is, unless you head to Monterey Car Week to catch a glimpse of the first client versions of the DLS to touch down on US soil.
Singer has shown two of these completed DLS (Dynamics and Lightweighting Study) vehicles at Goodwood already after we saw the first of these back in April. But this will be the first time such a car is shown in North America. As with all other DLS creations, the one we'll see this week features a 4.0-liter air-cooled flat-six engine developing 500 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and gets bespoke suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, and a titanium and Inconel exhaust system. Unlike most Singer models, the 964-based DLS is built in the UK where Singer has partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering to create the ultimate resto-mod replete with carbon fiber bodywork, unique suspension, and the best available tech from companies like Bosch, Michelin, Brembo, and BBS Motorsport.
This particular example is called the Unico commission and is finished in Absinthe Green with Nickel polished bright trim. The side stripes and carbon fiber seats are in a color called Blood Orange, and it looks fantastic in any light.
But the DLS is not all that we'll be treated to at The Quail on Friday, August 13th.
We'll also be getting a first look at the Hollywood commission, a car has been completed by Singer's restoration division in California and finished in Bahama Yellow over Forest Green. It features a 4.0L air-cooled Boxer motor and a six-speed manual and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are wrapped around wheels housing carbon ceramic brakes with Nato Green calipers. The external center-mounted fuel filler option has been ticked too. Inside, the lightweight track seats are a Singer specialty, finished here in Forest Green leather with commission-specific brass grommets and leather-weave inserts which are mirrored across the dash.
It's inspired by the 1969 911E that Singer founder, Rob Dickinson, restored way back in 2003 - some six years before Singer was founded. His car was also Bahama Yellow, so Singer says that the 1969 model "epitomizes the genesis of Singer" and led the company to the DLS.
Dickinson speaks of how his own 911 inspired him, "The restoration of my 1969 car was an intensely personal project. I drove the hell out of the car everyday around the Hollywood Hills and kept getting stopped to ask if I'd sell it. My answer was always no. But the experience was the seed that led to the founding of Singer as a way to enable other owners to pursue their personal vision for the ultimate air-cooled 911."
The appearance of both the all-new, UK-built DLS and the California-restored Hollywood commission side by side is "a very proud moment and the ultimate testament to the talents of [Singer's] amazing teams on both sides of the Atlantic," he says, and is representative of both where Singer started and just how far it's come.