There is no scarcity of corporations focusing on remodeling the Porsche 911 into an off-roader, however most of those builds start with an older air-cooled mannequin that prices a big amount of cash. Denmark-based coachbuilder KALMAR Automotive needs to make high-performance off-roading accessible to a wider viewers, so it developed a equipment that brings SUV-like updates to the newer 996-generation 911.
Often called the Rally Particular-6 (RS-6), the construct begins with a donor automotive that may be both a 911 Carrera, a 911 Carrera 4, or a 911 Turbo. KALMAR then installs a limited-slip differential and a redesigned suspension system that features inverted entrance shock absorbers, particular springs, and new bushings. The modifications additionally embody a subframe equipment that adjusts the automotive’s roll middle, a strut brace, and beefier driveshafts.
Underbody safety plates and 16-inch wheels wrapped by spiked Michelin tires full the construct. KALMAR notes that the RS-6 gives about 8.2 inches of floor clearance. Whereas that is not fairly Jeep Wrangler-like, it is on par with the second-generation Cayenne launched in 2010. The coupe ideas the size at round 3,200 kilos despite the add-ons. That is roughly 300 kilos greater than a base 1999 911 geared up with a six-speed handbook transmission and 200 kilos greater than the identical automotive fitted with the five-speed Tiptronic gearbox.
KALMAR explains it stored weight in verify by gutting the inside. It eliminated elements it deemed non-essential, corresponding to trim items and sound-deadening materials, and changed them with lighter parts. Recaro entrance seats and a rear roll cage come normal. Consumers have a number of choices to select from corresponding to completely different liveries and fabric sorts, adaptive shock absorbers, hydraulic-lift shock absorbers that permit the motive force to decrease the bottom clearance on the push of a button, and a roof rack designed to hold spare wheels in addition to gasoline cans.
The RS-6’s technical specs fluctuate from construct to construct. Prospects can select to go away the drivetrain inventory (the 1999 911 Carrera got here with a 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 296 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, for instance) or ask KALMAR for a tune that bumps the output over the 500-horsepower mark. Equally, whether or not the RS-6 makes use of the six-speed handbook or the automated is dependent upon what the client needs.
Pricing for the conversion begins at €45,000 (about $49,000) excluding the price of the donor automotive. We advise appearing quick if you would like one. The 996-generation 911 stays much more reasonably priced than its air-cooled predecessors, nevertheless it’s changing into more and more sought-after by collectors.