Porsche Tuner Kaege is Germany’s Design Outlaw
The body of a 1972 Porsche 911, the soul of an air-cooled 993, the stance of Kingpin. Take. Our. Money.
First there was Emory Motorsports, inventors of the Porsche appellation “Outlaw,” rearranging 964-series Porsche 911 internals to fit under the chelonian figure of the Porsche 356. Singer Design lit its flame at a similar torch, packaging that early nineties powertrain under seventies-era 911s. German importer, tuner, and race shop Kaege keeps a complementary light aglow on The Continent with what appears to be a 1972 911, but is so much more.
The tale begins with heresy, Roger Kaege’s eponymous firm declaring it kept a 993-series Porsche in its warehouse since 2010 because the Porsche “doesn’t have much significance.” Someone decided the way to make it relevant was to “give this technical substance the classic look it deserves.” The crew started with an F-Series 911, produced for less than one year between 1972 and 1973, but fabricated panels like the front bumper, hood, and rear end of the car in carbon fiber. With additional help from a lithium-ion battery substantial weight is removed from the equation, but the modern underpinnings erase the loss: a stock 1972 911 weighed 2,375 pounds, this one is clocks in at 2,635.
It's worth it, because you get modern, air-cooled running gear – a 3.6-liter flat-six with 296 horsepower and a six-speed manual – in a car 400 pounds less than a stock 993. And look at that stance...
The airbags, air conditioning, vented disc brakes, and suspension upgraded with KW coilovers were ported over, as well as the ODB port so this sweetness can be serviced at any Porsche dealer. The headlights are also restomod, with Osram LED projectors inside custom housings. The wheels are three-piece Fuchs. The cabin is fitted with a two-tone, leather-wrapped interior, Recaro sport seats with tartan centers to match the door panels, a Becker Mexico radio with navigation, and a touch of red hide on the throwback shift knob. That 996-series steering wheel hurts to look at, though; a wheel from the 1974 G-series 911 would have made our eyes water in the good way, because who needs an airbag?
Forty-four years ago a 1972 911 T coupe cost $7,383. Kaege doesn’t say how much a soul would need to purchase this beauty, but the price is probably a synonym for the German word for “astronomical.”