This 500bhp Singer engine will make fans of air-cooled flat-six Porsches weak at the knees

This 500bhp Singer engine will make fans of air-cooled flat-six Porsches weak at the knees

Air-cooled Porsches are without doubt the stuff of legend in the eyes of Porsche fans.

Although the later water-cooled engines are more powerful, more reliable and run smoother than their predecessors, the old-school power lumps symbolise the Stuttgart manufacturer’s golden days. They’ve not been available since the 993 Porsche 911 ended production in 1998, though — until now.

If you’ve heard of Singer, you’ll know it’s renowned for taking the best bits of Porsche 911 history and throwing them into a modern, cutting-edge package and it seems there’s no stopping it.

 

The Californian company has developed a new flat-six engine, based on a 1990 3.6-litre Porsche unit, with Williams Advanced Engineering. The lump produces 500bhp while remaining air-cooled and naturally aspirated.

The first enhanced power unit will be put in a 1990 Porsche 911, currently being restored for a long-term Singer client, but the company has said:

The full culmination of this exciting work with Williams and other technical partners will be revealed shortly and will represent a standalone selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented towards light-weighting and dynamic gains.

Keep your eyes peeled for more air-cooled engines soon, Porsche fans…

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