Porsche 911 off-road variant on the way?

December 28, 2013

Porsche is apparently planning to introduce an off-road-ready 911 concept car at next year’s Beijing Motor Show, inspired by the classic 1978 911 SC Safari rally car. It’s believed a production version may follow.

1978 Porsche 911 Safari rally

According to reports, Porsche is planning to rekindle some of its off-road 911 spirit by unveiling a special safari concept in April. It’s understood the company may want to test the public’s reaction for such a model to evaluate a possible market potential.

Although Porsche already offers a fully-fledged SUV, the Cayenne, and will soon launch the new mid-size Macan SUV, there might be a demand for a lifted 911 sports car for market regions where the roads are rough and not suitable for such sports cars.

It’s understood the concept will be based on the Carrera 4 with its all-wheel drive running gear, while the jumped up suspension will provide clearance for off road use. The usual sporty driving character is likely to remain in line with the 911 pedigree.

1978 Porsche 911 Martini rally

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