Singer is getting into the Turbo business.
The Californian company, which takes 964-generation Porsche 911s and reimagines them for enthusiasts with deep pockets, has revealed what it’s calling the Turbo Study.
Power comes from a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged and intercooled flat-six engine making more than 336kW. Owners can ask for more power and Singer will happily oblige, of course.
Although it’s still a Mezger flat-six, there’s lots of tweaks on hand to free up more performance. For starters, the 964 Turbo was powered by a 3.3- or 3.6-litre engine at launch, so the Singer motor has more capacity to play with. The turbos feature electronic waste gates, and the water-to-air intercoolers are mounted inside the intake plenums.
The distinctive air intakes – dubbed the Shark Fin by Singer, to match the Whale Tail spoiler – on the haunches feed cold air to the engine, although they would also work as a pure styling element.
Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard, but all-wheel drive is available. Regardless, the Turbo Study has a six-speed manual transmission.
The car pictured here features carbon ceramic brakes, but Singer says the standard units are “immensely powerful, turbo-specific” steel instead.
There’s ABS and traction control on hand to make sure this very pretty 911 doesn’t become part of the scenery. You even get the option of cruise control and heated seats, for owners who want to make their Turbo into a grand tourer.
“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,” said Rob Dickinson, founder of Singer.
“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,” he said.
“I believe it’s a fitting tribute to a car that changed my life and many others.”