Restomodded Porsche 911 Arrives in America for Some California Dreamin'

Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993 6 photos
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Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993Kalmar Automotive 7-97, based on the Porsche 911.993
The first-ever Kalmar Automotive 7-97, specifically built for the US, has just set wheels on Californian soil. The model pays tribute to the original Porsche 911 ST from the 1970s. Kalmar is a Danish firm that specializes in restomodding Porsche 911s. So here is their last take on the 993 model.
The model was commissioned by KALMAR Automotive's US sole representative and leading car collector specialist, Canepa, and is available for sale. That is exactly why the Kalmar was codenamed "C1."

Restorer of bespoke sports cars and special purpose-built adventure vehicles, Kalmar, labels the car as the most impressive 7-97 yet. The model is set in motion by a new Triple 4 engine specification. It is a 4.0-liter engine, pumping out 401 horsepower and 426 Newton meters of torque, sent to all four corners.

Customers can also go for a 997 GT3 4.0-liter crankshaft, drive-by-wire individual throttle bodies, mechanical lifters, an enhanced exhaust system with dual oil coolers and a Motel M150 ECU, plus a bespoke air filtration system.

What Kalmar refers to as "the most uncompromising 7-97 yet," the air-cooled 964- or 993-based car sports the lightest and stiffest body option. Its shell had the donor 911's rain gutters removed.

To reduce lift, drag, and wind noise, the engineers came up with a re-engineered decklid and Kalmar Automotive's unique bonded glass solution.

The Kalmar 7-97 pays tribute to the heritage and style of the ultra-rare Porsche 911 ST from the 1970s. Customizable both inside and out, it can be ordered in a coupe, convertible, or targa body style, but also as an RS-R.

Kalmar offers an adaptive active suspension, a multi-link rear axle, and an ultra-lightweight lithium battery. The car rides on lightweight three-piece split rims. With all these, the all-wheel drive C1 weighs in at 1,215 kilograms (2,675 pounds). Lighter versions are available on demand.

The traction control system with Sport mode functionality is available as an option, and so is the lightweight ceramic braking system.

The driver and passenger will sit in leather-wrapped Recaro sports seats. Kalmar installed additional twin airbags. Blending the past and the future, the restorer came up with modern features on board the Porsche. The list includes remote central locking, a concealed Bluetooth audio system, and rain sensing wipers as standard.

Designed exclusively for Kalmar Automotive, the car's key integrates buttons for the opening and closing of the front luggage compartment and rear deck lid.

Twelve 7-97s see the light of day during a calendar year, which would be an average of one per month. Pricing depends on what customers request. The model is on display at Canepa's Scotts Valley headquarters in California. More versions will arrive in the US in the coming months.
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