No flat-six!? Sacrilegious or a preview of the future?
From the moment companies like Singer Vehicle Design came onto the scene, the restoration bar was immediately raised to the highest level for classic Porsche 911s. Yes, people are easily willing to spend more for one of Singer’s 911s instead of buying a brand new one from Stuttgart. But are those same people ready for something like this, an electrified 1979 Porsche 911 Targa? YouTube’s Fully Charged Show recently caught up with UK-based Electric Classic Cars and its flat-six-less 911.
Yes, the original 3.2-liter flat-six is gone, replaced by an electric motor and a battery pack straight from a Tesla Roadster. The batteries, however, are placed up front where the frunk once was. Open the rear cover and you’ll find an empty space, which is beyond weird for a 911.
But what about performance? Glad you asked. Try 0-60 mph time in 5.6 seconds. What about range? According to builder Richard Morgan, this all-electric 911 achieves 200 miles of range on a single charge. The rest of the detailing, inside and out, is lovely. Several, shall we call them, enhancements were made, such as additional chrome rings around the headlights, which are now LEDs. Unless one were to go searching for its rear-mounted flat-six, or listen to its distinct sound, everything indicates this is a beautifully restored classic Porsche 911 Targa. Could this preview a potential factory-built 911 EV?