This story includes independent renderings of a fictional Porsche 944 Turbo RS made by Khyzyl Saleem. They are neither related to nor endorsed by Porsche.
The restomod business is booming, but there are still plenty of great models from the past that haven’t been modernized yet and that makes a great argument. Among these, the Porsche 944 has been digitally redesigned by freelance artist Khyzyl Saleem, with body elements inspired by the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The 944 Turbo RS as the Kyza calls it, incorporates elements of Porsche’s current design language, making it look like it’s ready to hit the track. At the front, the retractable headlights are replaced by modern LEDs on a tinted background. The new bumper features sporty air intakes, a splitter and side fins inspired by the new GT3 RS.
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The side view is enhanced by the significantly wider front and rear fenders above the large-diameter alloy wheels. The aggressive aerodynamic theme continues with large spoilers attached to the side sills. Finally, the redesigned rear features the most dramatic change with full-width 992-style LED taillights, a large spoiler on the signature rear windshield, and a massive diffuser with dual center-mounted exhaust pipes.
Khyzyl Saleem’s Porsche 944 Turbo RS is just a digital concept not intended for production. Still, we must admit that it secretly makes us want to see a modern and sexy reinterpretation of the 944 come to life. Some of the artists’ designs were built in the real world, so we shouldn’t rule out a future build like this.
For those unfamiliar with the history of Porsche’s transaxle-era models, the 944 debuted in 1981 as a significantly updated version of the 924. Its most powerful version was the 944 Turbo S, with a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine producing 247 bhp (184 kW / 250 PS). That’s far less than the 518 hp (386 kW / 525 hp) from the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre flat-six of the 992 GT3 RS. However, we suspect a restomod 944 could benefit from a healthy power boost, alongside a modern chassis setup to match the fancy aerodynamics. Would you like to see something like this on the road?
rendered by Khyzil Saleem