There aren’t many things that a Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer can’t do, but opening up the roof is one of them. Not any more though: this is the first 911 Cabriolet from the famed California restomod specialists.
And doesn’t it look the bee’s knees? So true to the late 1980s and the 964-gen 911 yet so completely updated everywhere, including its Cadiz Red body newly fashioned out of carbon-fibre.
Singer’s first convertible takes as its inspiration the firm’s first turbocharged model, the Turbo Study that made its debut at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard and which is now wowing visitors in the US during Monterey Car Week. As a homage to the 911 Turbo, it naturally gets the wide body, black shark’s fin air intakes and whale tail spoiler.
And, of course, it is turbocharged but forced induction has come on a bit since the 964 Turbo of 30 years ago. The way Singer do it, the standard 964’s non-turbo 3.6-litre air-cooled flat six is taken out to 3.8 litres and equipped with twin blowers with electric wastegates and air-to-water intercooling. All very 2022.
The resultant 510PS (380kW) goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. With the lightweight body, performance is unlikely to disappoint. Stopping shouldn’t be a problem either, thanks to carbon-ceramic brakes. In the form shown here, the commissioning owner opted for comfort-orientated touring suspension but Singer says a more sports-focused set-up is possible, as is all-wheel-drive.
It’s just as exquisitely reimagined inside with electrically adjustable sports seats with tartan inserts and wood accents in red. The fabric hood is automatic and, from the pictures, looks to fold down into a slightly less obtrusive “hump” than Porsche managed in period. Updates inside include inductive phone charging.
Singer founder Rob Dickinson tells us: “The first Porsche was a cabriolet, and high-performance, open-roof glamour has been part of the story ever since. I’ve long wanted to celebrate that part of Porsche heritage at Singer.”
Price of Singer’s first 911 Cabriolet? How long is a piece of string? What might be more of a problem is getting a build slot. Both cars in the Classic mould (restored in California) and in the Dynamic and Lightweighting range (which are worked on in Woodford, east London) boast full order books. Will Singer’s reimagining of the Turbo-look Cabrio prove as popular?