Singer has earned a reputation for building some of the world’s most desirable Porsche 911 customs. While each ‘Reimagined’ Singer was individually tailored to the owner’s personal taste they all had one thing in common – an air-cooled, naturally-aspirated engine.
Until now, with Singer unveiling the stunning Turbo Study.
This new creation will begin a whole new genre for the Californian company, with more than 70 would-be owners placing orders for a turbocharged Singer special.
As with all Singer models, they start with a standard Porsche 911 and then the company reimagines and redesigns it to the owners specification. With the introduction of the Turbo Study, Singer will now offer a variety of new elements including the wider body of Turbo models as well as the iconic ‘whale tail’ spoiler. And obviously the new turbocharged engine.
The engine is a 3.8-litre flat-six taken from the Type 964 generation of 911 models. Singer then adds two new turbochargers with an electric wastegate to make at least 335kW of power.
The famous ‘shark fin’ on the rear side fender has been redesigned by Singer to be an air-intake for the engine to provide better performance and cooling.
The engine is paired to a six-speed manual transmission and depending on the owner’s preference a Turbo model can be either rear- or all-wheel drive.
The suspension can also be designed for the owner’s taste too, with Singer able to offer the choice of a more comfortable ride for a grand touring specification or a stiffer, more engaging damper set-up for those who want a sportier, more dynamic driving experience.
Carbon ceramic brakes are also available to those who want them, or steel units are available too – in keeping with Singer’s personalisation theme.
While the panels may look like they’ve come from an original 911 Turbo, Singer remakes them all in carbon fibre to reduce weight and make the car even stiffer.
Rob Dickinson, founder and executive chairman of the Singer Group said his passion for Porsche was kick-started by a ride in a 911 Turbo when he was a child, so the decision to add the forced induction option to the company’s portfolio has personal significance.
“My first ever ride in a Porsche 911 as an 11-year-old in 1976 left me dry-mouthed and speechless – it was a black 930 Turbo with red tartan seats,” Dickinson said. “Forty-five years on from that life-changing moment I’m excited to present the results of our study that aims to capture the awesome thrill of Porsche’s first ‘supercar’ while reimagining its performance and refinement and collaborating with owners to take both to new heights. I believe it’s a fitting tribute to a car that changed my life and many others.”
The timing of the introduction of the Turbo Study is good for Australian Singer fans, with the company setting up shop down under in 2021. Singer has partnered with Zagame Automotive to become the Australian and New Zealand outlet for sales and servicing.