Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer Turbo study shown at Goodwood FoS
Singer's reimagining of the 930 Turbo has made its Goodwood Festival of Speed debut
The Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer – Turbo study is a new direction for the brand, and its appearance at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed offered our best look yet. Moving away from the aesthetic underpinned by the A and B series (from the foundation of a 964) for its Classic model, the Turbo study instead channels both the original 930 and later 964 Turbo, and the grand touring aspirations they were so famous for.
But Singer hasn’t just focused on aesthetics for its new Turbo study, because as the name suggests, it has also been working on a turbocharged air-cooled flat-six engine. The engine itself is built to specification by Porsche Motorsport North America, and features a twin-turbocharger and electronic wastegate setup. Keeping things cool are bespoke water-to-air intercoolers, meanwhile the classic shark-fin graphic on the bodyside has been reimagined as an intake, feeding the engine bay with cool air.
Power is quoted at 450bhp, however Singer will use this as a starting point for the unit's overall development, meaning that more power in the future is almost a guarantee. Typically, power will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, but Singer has confirmed that all-wheel drive is able to be integrated into the commission, building on the AWD Classic Study restoration it undertook in 2014. To go with the Turbo’s more laid back image, the suspension tuning will inherently have a softer starting point, but given the highly personal nature of all Singer’s commissions, this will all be up to individual owner discretion.
As with all its projects, the Turbo study finds its basis in a 964-generation 911, but swaps most of its exterior shell out for a carbonfibre body, with only the doors remaining original. The aesthetic is otherwise a much more faithful reinterpretation of the 930 Turbo in comparison to its other projects, with much of the original’s signatures untouched. The new elements that have been integrated have been kept very subtle and well integrated into the overall design in contrast to the more outlandish design seen on the DLS and rugged ACS. An example of which are the front indicators and driving lights, made small thanks to LED technology, but without looking obviously new – the gill-slits in place of the old impact bumper thresholds are another highlight.
Inside, things are also a careful reimagination of the 930’s ‘80s aesthetic, with this first unit finished with Malibu Sand leather interior, with highlights of wood trim and a contemporary reinterpretation of the iconic Turbo steering wheel. Behind sits the typical five-dial layout, with green back-lightig that again has been inspired by the original.
Singer has not specified a specific asking price for its reimagined Turbo, but should start at around USD$750,000 (£553,000 at current exchange rates), not including local taxes. Turbo restorations will be conducted in much the same way as the original Classic’s production, and won’t be limited in number like the extremely high specification DLS. Like all its cars, the Turbo study will undergo a full development program, with the car due for its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July this year.