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7-97 Classic

A sports car designed to be enjoyed on the world’s greatest driving roads, the KALMAR 7-97 Classic offers the best of all worlds and is available in three desirable models – either as a coupé, a cabriolet or as a targa. With functionality and fun-factor, the 7-97 Classic, in any of its forms, aims to celebrate the much-loved and cherished 911, retaining its iconic silhouette for an overall stunning effect and a heightened driving experience. Each model is treated to a streamlined design by KALMAR Automotive’s team, while the engineers do what is possible to enhance the performance and comfort to provide a superior driving experience.

With its pioneering iconic design, the KALMAR 7-97 Classic is designed for those who seek a thrilling car that is more of an experience than most. All 7-97 Classic models have the same extreme attention to detail and combined unending number of individual design options for bespoke cosmetics and technical specifications, all with the romance of a classic air-cooled sports car with modern flair.

The sky is the limit with the 7-97 Classic and each build is created 100 per cent for its owner, down to even the smallest detail, whether sport or comfort is desired or even a modern combination of both.

The KALMAR Evergreen concept is also available for all 7-97 models. From its carbon dioxide-reducing lightweight flax fibre bodyshell to the mentality of using more parts from the donor car, the Evergreen concept focuses on unscrupulous sustainability.

Production of the 7-97 Classic is limited to 12 cars per year worldwide. They are produced to be unique and personal companions of the owners and to tour the world showcasing the iconic blend of the past and the future.

The Exterior

With the foundation of an air-cooled 964- or 993-series 911 and staying true to the iconic classic design cues of the Sixties and Seventies, the exterior lines of the KALMAR 7-97 Classic perfectly blends iconic looks with modern technology. Even with the 110 mm wider bodywork, the instantly recognisable curves remain, though it benefits from an exclusive and optimised KALMAR Automotive in-house produced full carbon fibre body, allowing the 7-97 models, the Coupé, Cabriolet, and Targa, to excel in both functionality and design – all while being extremely lightweight.

The modern driving experience comes from the modern multi-link rear axle, a six-speed gearbox, and adaptive shock absorbers if you choose the 993-era 911 as a basis. However, if you’re more ‘old-school’ then the rear suspension of the 964-generation car will take you right back to the beginning. Combined with all the other endless bespoke elements, these upgrades make the car truly unique and a joy to drive regardless of which starting point is chosen.

But it doesn’t stop there – customers can go one step further and choose the exact model that fits their desire and driving type – a coupé, cabriolet or the combination of both with the targa?

The coupé is the lightest and stiffest of the trio, and with the removal of the rain gutters, there’s an instant difference to the appearance without it losing any of its iconic looks. This allows the car to achieve a higher top speed due to its more streamlined, aerodynamic design.

The foldable roof is the main focus point that sets apart the KALMAR 7-97 Cabriolet from the other models in the 7-97 Classic family. The KALMAR 7-97 Cabriolet is the perfect model for the driver that enjoys the experience of feeling the wind in their hair, or lives in sunnier climes. An astonishing sports car with a retractable roof balances elements from past and present to create perfect harmony in performance and elegance in design.

For those looking for the joy of a convertible car while having the possibility to enjoy it all year round due to the functionality of the large retractable roof, the KALMAR 7-97 Targa is the perfect fit. The iconic classic naturally turns heads and offers its driver a convertible experience that is extremely special. While the large glass roof is a main feature of the car, the reason for the modern solution is the important element of reducing the wind noise, as it often detracts the driving experience in the original car. This way drivers mainly enjoy the roar of the engine on their journey with the 7-97 Targa.

The lightweighting is not just limited to the carbon fibre bodywork, it is also achieved on these models through the removal of all unnecessary items, including the introduction of a modern, ultra-lightweight lithium battery and the use of other cutting-edge materials throughout.

The rear-end design offers different options, from the unique rear grille adding a sleek design element to the body or alternatively the iconic but greatly enhanced ducktail that is proven to add a significant racing pedigree to the entire appearance of the 7-97 Classic.

After intensive aerodynamic testing, the KALMAR 7-97 Classic now comes with improved modern glue-in glass, reducing not only the drag and wind noise but also increasing the window area significantly. Likewise, advancements like adding modern, Bi-LED headlights make night driving a joy, which is a big change from the original.

All the metal beauty pieces like door handles, windows, and light surroundings come in a ceramic durable coating but can also all be made in chrome if the customer so desires.

The lightweight three-piece split rims with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres provide extra grip and stability and come in a great variety of shapes and sizes to support different driving styles. Proven and tested on racetracks and roads around the world, these tyres and wheel are fitted to ensure each 7-97 Classic handles as it should yet still remain a classic grand tourer deep within.

The bodylines and style create a perfect combination of vintage influence and state-of-the-art technology to form a beautiful, classic appearance – all still entirely unique to each commission.

The Interior

The options for the detailed interior in the KALMAR 7-97 Classic models are unending. KALMAR Automotive’s ethos is to provide the opportunity for the ultimate bespoke car for each personal commission, and there is nowhere better to express a customer’s artistic side than with the interior. A blank canvas to create any customer’s real underlining desire with their 7-97 Classic.

Whether the focus will be to create a surprisingly capable GT car or for use as a thrilling day-to-day run-around, the KALMAR 7-97 Classic models can be modified to fit both tasks. Despite sporting a stripped-back, spartan interior style, the addition of ultra-comfortable Recaro specialist seats provide excellent support, even on extra-long journeys. The KALMAR team also acknowledges how important safety elements are in a sports car and offers options such as a leather-covered roll cage and double airbags while keeping the classic look intact.

Modern aspects such as remote central locking, a hidden Bluetooth audio system, a phone charging option, and rain sensors are also included in all KALMAR 7-97 Classic models, as are the painted carbon inserts that hold the legendary foldable Porsche rear seats in style.

The bespoke aspect of a KALMAR 7-97 Classic Coupé, Cabriolet or Targa creates unimaginable personalisation possibilities, all handmade and created to the imagination of the customer.

A fully new customised sound system with hidden Bluetooth sound units, four loudspeakers and an active subwoofer ensures that customers can always enjoy the best music from their phone unless they want to hear the soundtrack from the flat-six engine.

Advanced Aerodynamics

Underpinning the 7-97 Classic Range is the all-new, advanced aerodynamic overhaul that allows the car to be faster, more planted at speed yet with added comfort over the original. With its ethos of only modernising a classic 911 if it’s not to the detriment of its weight or handling, KALMAR Automotive got to work with its technical engineers with the task of “make the car better, but don’t change anything that changes the 911’s spirit.” The result was to find the small improvements that add up to the creation of downforce where it’s needed and less drag where it would be more beneficial to the driver.

Utilising modern technologies available to the team now, which didn’t exist when the 911 was originally developed, KALMAR Automotive used a combination of advanced, motorsport-grade simulation and production technologies. The subtle changes provide reduced wind resistance and decreased lift without changing the iconic weight distribution that the 911 is famed for. Today, the 7-97 Classic range is not only faster, but handles better, thanks to KALMAR Automotive.

For those looking at the geeky details, the aerodynamic changes include modern, glue-in glass, modified cooling on the underside of the car and an adapted ride height and rake of each model in the 7-97 Classic range. Results show that these changes create 30 per cent more downforce on the front axle and reduce rear-end lift by 20 per cent. Creating downforce now at 130 km/h, and retaining the famous KALMAR Automotive F-series inspired rear grille design, customers can also opt for a new ducktail spoiler, which decreases lift by a further 60 per cent.

The Technical Specifications

With the bespoke nature of all KALMAR cars, the specifications are individual for all customers depending on their vision of the ‘perfect car’. The KALMAR 7-97 Classic line can be imagined with a race-like specification or as a grand tourer, all with high levels of comfort and usability.

The opportunities are endless when designing a KALMAR 7-97 Classic Coupé, Cabriolet or Targa, with options from KALMAR Automotive’s all-new engine pairing. Both with the same 4.0-litre displacement, each variant comes as standard with an e-gas drive-by-wire system, KALMAR intakes, a bespoke sports exhaust as well as the mission to use either new or reconditioned components for all moving parts within the engine. While the base 4.0-litre engine has an air-cooled 997-generation 4.0-litre crankshaft, a single throttle body, dual mass flywheel and easy to maintain hydraulic lifters, all totalling to 345 hp and 385 Nm of torque. For those looking for more power and sound, the optional ‘Triple-4’ engine is built with drive-by-wire individual throttle bodies, mechanical lifters, a single mass flywheel, all of which see the ‘Triple-4’ achieve 401 hp and 450 Nm of torque.

The unique KALMAR Automotive ECU with OBDII Engine Management System and remote access takes away most worries for the owner, as does the enlarged oil cooler set-up alongside the coil on plug ignition as they contribute towards further reliability, accommodating for high-speed running and increased horsepower. Utilising only the best-of-the-best materials and suppliers for a ‘no-compromise’ approach to increasing the overall performance of the car, the all-new engines will be delivered through all 7-97 Classic models from 2023.

An entirely new adaptive active suspension features new ground-breaking design front dampers with optional hydraulic lift function, while harder-than-OEM rubber bushes allow KALMAR Automotive to specify the optimum type of suspension just for the driver. The adaptive shocks constantly adjust to being a perfect mix of sport and comfort with several drive modes available. If more of a race feeling is requested, then optional rear rose jointed top mounts and full moonball suspension arms will finish the set-up perfectly for the close-to-race experience.

The 7-97 Classic comes as standard with the bespoke lightweight KALMAR race specification brake system. The non-assisted design ensures that the car is more reliable and responsive, retaining the classic driving feel without any brake fade. To further enhance the un-sprung mass and for better stopping capabilities, optional carbon ceramic brakes are available.

The original steering feel is almost mystical therefore the high-tech electrical adaptive power steering is included, adding a bit more horsepower to the wheels when driving along the landscape as it’s fully turned off, so drivers are in perfect control of the 7-97 Classic without any interference.

To ensure a thrilling driving experience and a staggering top speed, additional attention has been given to chassis stiffness. The increase in torsional rigidity of the chassis is made without compromising on the lightness of the car, which is a component that all KALMAR projects are renowned for. The modification allows the suspension to work more efficiently resulting in an increase in handling, responsiveness to driver input, and overall comfort quality.

The unique weight distribution is also highly important to the team, a feat accomplished during the development process, not least by including an electrical air-conditioning unit and electrical power steering, which also helps create a beautiful engine bay. All of these intelligent elements come together and result in an ultra-low weight that produces super sharp, direct handling.

The list of included options is long on a KALMAR 7-97 Classic, but there are some possible options such as centrelock wheels, front axle lift system and the optional ‘Triple-4’ engine. There are also some further upgrade packages available.
– An additional carbon fibre package including doors, roof (only Coupé) and a leather-covered rear roll cage
– A full leather package where the backside of the front seats and whole rear inserts are covered in leather
– Safety package with double airbag set up

All can be chosen and added dependent on each customer’s desired end specification and usage of their 7-97 Classic.

Options

With unlimited option combinations for each KALMAR 7-97, every customer commission is fully bespoke and comes with a personal process to coachbuild a dream car by hand. There’s no configurator, there’s not even a ‘no’ in KALMAR Automotive’s vocabulary, just a passion to upcycle and re-engineer a 7-97 Classic to reach the overarching goal for the customer.

For the KALMAR 7-97 Classic Range, the optional extras list is significantly shorter than the list with standard equipment.

Standard Equipment

  • KALMAR 4.0-litre engine with 345 hp, bespoke ECU and full race spec. intake and coil on plug ignition system
  • Six-speed gearbox with limited slip differential (993 only)
  • KALMAR sports exhaust
  • KALMAR sports brake system
  • Bi-LED headlights
  • Glue-in glass
  • Electrical power steering and air conditioning
  • Sports wheels and tyres
  • Adaptive shock absorbers
  • Rain sensor, comfort indicator and hidden Hi-Fi system
  • Recaro Sport seats in top-tier, sustainably sourced leather

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7-97 Classic Cabriolet

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7-97 Classic Cabriolet
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Beauty parts

Standard equipments:

  • Bi-LED headlights in external colour with rounded lenses
  • Glue-in tinted glass
  • Ceramic-coated beauty parts (front grilles, side mirrors, window surroundings, rear light edges, inside aluminium parts)
  • External colour-coded 993 door handles

Optional:

  • Full mirror chrome beauty parts
  • 964 door handles
  • 911-shaped light lenses

Wheels and tyres

  • Super lightweight three-piece split wheel with 225/45-17 and 275/40-17 Michelin sport tyres

Body version

  • Carbon fibre body panels (bumpers, bonnet, engine cover, rear quarter panel, front fenders)
  • New canvas roof

Engine

  • KALMAR 4.0-litre engine with 345 hp, stand-alone ECU and full specification intake and ignition system
  • Dual mass flywheel and fully restored gearbox with upgraded limited slip differential and short shift gearstick

Optional:

  • KALMAR 'Triple-4' 4.0-litre engine, delivering 401 hp and 450 Nm of torque

Brakes

  • Super lightweight KALMAR brakes system, non-assisted (Speedster Pure KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs)

Optional:

  • KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs

Interior

  • New Recaro Sport seats carefully covered in top-tier, sustainably-sourced leather/tartan/Alcantara
  • Hidden Bluetooth Hi-Fi system with active subwoofer
  • Classic door sides with armrests and door pockets
  • Bespoke air conditioning control unit
  • Carbon fibre rear seat inserts painted in external colour

Optional:

  • Full leather package with rear seat and back of front seats covered in leather
  • In-car entertainment unit in the centre console
  • A selection of seats are available

Body parts

  • KALMAR aluminium F-series rear grille
  • Aluminium one-piece front intake grille and indicator units
  • Aluminium ‘bullet-style’ side mirrors
  • Contrast coloured front splitter, lower side parts and rear lower apron

7-97 Classic Coupé

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7-97 Classic Coupé
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Beauty parts

Standard equipments:

  • Bi-LED headlights in external colour with rounded lenses
  • Glue-in tinted glass
  • Ceramic-coated beauty parts (front grilles, side mirrors, window surroundings, rear light edges, inside aluminium parts)
  • External colour-coded 993 door handles

Optional:

  • Full mirror chrome beauty parts
  • 964 door handles
  • 911-shaped light lenses

Wheels and tyres

  • Super lightweight three-piece split wheel with 225/45-17 and 275/40-17 Michelin sport tyres

Body version

  • Carbon fibre body panels (bumpers, bonnet, engine cover, rear quarter panel, front fenders)
  • Steel roof with rain gutter removal

Optional:

  • Sunroof removal
  • Carbon fibre doors with roof
  • Rear roll cage

Engine

  • KALMAR 4.0-litre engine with 345 hp, stand-alone ECU and full specification intake and ignition system
  • Dual mass flywheel and fully restored gearbox with upgraded limited slip differential and short shift gearstick

Optional:

  • KALMAR 'Triple-4' 4.0-litre engine, delivering 401 hp and 450 Nm of torque

Brakes

  • Super lightweight KALMAR brakes system, non-assisted (Speedster Pure KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs)

Optional:

  • KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs

Interior

  • New Recaro Sport seats carefully covered in top-tier, sustainably-sourced leather/tartan/Alcantara
  • Hidden Bluetooth Hi-Fi system with active subwoofer
  • Classic door sides with armrests and door pockets
  • Bespoke air condition control unit
  • Carbon fibre rear seat inserts painted in external colour

Optional:

  • Full leather package with rear seat and back of front seats covered in leather
  • In-car entertainment unit in the centre console
  • A selection of seats are available
  • Leather-covered rear roll cage

Body parts

  • KALMAR aluminum F-series rear grille
  • Aluminium one-piece front intake grille and indicator units
  • Aluminium ‘bullet-style’ side mirrors
  • Contrast coloured front splitter, lower side parts and rear lower apron

7-97 Classic Targa

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7-97 Classic Targa
Beauty parts Wheels and tyres Body version Engine Brakes Interior Body parts

Beauty parts

Standard equipments:

  • Glue-in tinted glass
  • Bi-LED headlights in external colour with rounded lenses
  • Ceramic-coated beauty parts (front grilles, side mirrors, window surroundings, rear light edges, inside aluminium parts)
  • External colour-coded 993 door handles

Optional:

  • Full mirror chrome beauty parts
  • 964 door handles
  • 911-shaped light lenses

Wheels and tyres

  • Super lightweight three-piece split wheel with 225/45-17 and 275/40-17 Michelin sport tyres

Body version

  • Carbon fibre body panels (bumpers, bonnet, engine cover, rear quarter panel, front fenders)
  • Glass retractable roof

Engine

  • KALMAR 4.0-litre engine with 345 hp, stand-alone ECU and full specification intake and ignition system
  • Dual mass flywheel and fully restored gearbox with upgraded limited slip differential and short shift gearstick

Optional:

  • KALMAR 'Triple-4' 4.0-litre engine, delivering 401 hp and 450 Nm of torque

Brakes

  • Super lightweight KALMAR brakes system, non-assisted (Speedster Pure KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs)
    Optional: KALMAR carbon ceramic brake discs

Interior

  • New Recaro Sport seats carefully covered in top-tier, sustainably-sourced leather/tartan/Alcantara
  • Hidden Bluetooth Hi-Fi system with active subwoofer
  • Classic door sides with armrests and door pockets
  • Bespoke air condition control unit
  • Carbon fibre rear seat inserts painted in external colour

Options:

  • Full leather package with rear seat and back of front seats covered in leather
  • In-car entertainment unit in the centre console
  • Selection of seats to customer wish
  • Leather-covered rear roll cage

Body parts

  • KALMAR aluminium F-series rear grille
  • Aluminium one-piece front intake grille and indicator units
  • Aluminium ‘bullet-style’ side mirrors
  • Contrast coloured front splitter, lower side parts and rear lower apron