No. 968
October 17, 2018

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On The Surface


AUGUST 15, 2018

(Singer Vehicle Design images)
Boutique restoration house Singer Vehicle Design will unveil the results of a three-year Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) in North America at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.  The DLS is a client-inspired collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering - part of the Williams Grand Prix Engineering Group - and a formation of technical partners, in pursuit of the most advanced air-cooled Porsche 911 in the world. As announced in November 2017, the project began when Singer client and Porsche enthusiast Scott Blattner requested lightweighting and high-performance enhancements for his 1990 Porsche 964. To meet the goals defined in collaboration with Scott, Singer engaged Williams and globally-renowned technical partners to engineer a selection of restoration and modification services strongly oriented toward lightweighting and dynamic gains. Editor-in-Chief's Note: This is the most expensive custom 911 ever built, and its rumored price tag, which is said to be around $1.5 million, may mark the beginning of the end for the whole Porsche 911 customization craze that has been going on for the better part of a decade now. Or at least it should, anyway. -PMD
(VW images)
Volkswagen of America, Inc., has announced the Volkswagen Spektrum Program for the 2019 Golf R. The program will allow customers to choose from 40 custom order colors — in addition to the five standard colors — ranging from Nogaro Blue Pearl and Violet Touch Metallic, to Caribbean Green and Copper Orange Metallic. VWoA’s Product Marketing team worked in tandem with Volkswagen Canada to select a diverse range of colors for the 2019 model year Golf R that will appeal to owners, while still paying homage to the rich heritage of the Volkswagen color spectrum. Viper Green Metallic (above), originally found on the European Mk 3 Scirocco, and later featured on the Lamborghini Huracán, has been the most popular color to date in Canada. Other colors that will resonate with enthusiasts include Deep Blue Pearl from the Mk 4 and Mk 5 R32, Ginster Yellow from the 1997 Driver’s Edition GTI, and Mars Red from the Mk 1 GTI. A builder tool will soon be added to , where customers can test out all 40 different colors, manipulating the vehicle with a 360-degree colorizer. Also on its way to all dealership showrooms is a color sample kit, which will allow customers to view each of the 40 colors duplicated on paint shop-quality color cards. To order, customers need to visit their local dealer. After submitting an order, the build and delivery time is approximately two to four months. The 
MSRP for one of the custom colors is $2,500. Editor’s Note: This reminds us of some of the fabulous colors offered by Porsche in the 70s, and it's certainly a refreshing break from the sea of sameness that rules most manufacturers' color palettes these days. -WG

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