The Porsche 911 may, for some, be the quintessential sportscar. And that typically means keeping it on paved roads and racing circuits. But there's a proud history to taking the Elfen off-road that traces back to specially-prepared 911s (like the one pictured above) which Porsche fielded in rallies in the late '70s and early '80s. And now Porsche is reportedly preparing to tap back into that history with a new off-road 911 model, according to the Auto Bild Motor Revue.

Tipped to be called the 911 Safari, the special variant would be based on the Carrera 4 but upgrade with bigger tires fitted to a beefed-up suspension with higher ground clearance and underbody skid plates. The model is expected to be presented initially as a concept at the Beijing Motor Show next April. But if enough interest is expressed – particularly from buyers in developing markets where the roads might not be as smooth as those to which North American and European drivers have become accustomed – Stuttgart could put it into production in 2016, when the current 991 is expected to get a mid-cycle refresh.



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      The Wasp
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd like it if they overdo it -- chunky knobby tires, grille and light guards, significantly lifted ride height (ie 6-inch lift or more). If it's a 911 with a .5-inch lift, tweaked suspension and different decals...then color me unimpressed. In any case, I won't be buying one so Porsche doesn't really need my input.
        audisp0rta4
        • 11 Months Ago
        @The Wasp
        Yes, totally. The 911 Safari needs to bridge the gap between the AMC Eagle and the Local Motors Rally Fighter to be a winner.
      Brex
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why the hell not?
      wsbfan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Make it adjustable so you can raise it a few inches for offroad and snow
      mookieblaylock
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd hit that.
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      I fully approve of this message. Dunno if I would actually buy a 911 Safari, but I'm sure there are plenty of wealthy people who don't need to make prudent financial decisions, and would be happy to add a 911 Safari to their roster.
      lbjones
      • 11 Months Ago
      in CA the BEST off road sand buggy was base on the Porsche .
      EvilTollMan
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is an excellent idea. I can see former WRX owners who have moved up the ladder owning this.
      11fiveoh
      • 11 Months Ago
      If you must have a ruined porsche to drive on your shitty roads why not just buy a cayenne. Hope this doesnt become a reality.
        sparrk
        • 11 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Because a rally 911 is so much more fun !
      Steve K
      • 11 Months Ago
      From anyone else it would probably be laughable, but not for Porsche. Remember Porsche made the only car that ever won both Le Mans and Paris Dakar, the 959/961. So it really isn't as far-fetched as it may seem.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        winningest!!!, car in motersports history!!!,..don't believe me?,..google it!,..it all comes up!,...the 911 has won more motorsports events,..than ANY OTHER sportscar,..in motorsports history...certainly, there are MANY other incredible sportscars,..but,..very very few, can come close to that claim!..it has something like now over 40,000!, motorsports wins,..
      Greg
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's been done before, type 953, which won Paris-Dakar rally of 1984. Do it Porsche! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_953
      Rob Gomes
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is what the Cayenne, Panamera and Macan allow -- Porsche to build more low-production vehicles for enthusiasts with money… that, in this case, want to go very sideways on dirt roads. It's how we got the Boxster Spyder and Cayman R, supposedly in April the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, and the 918 Spyder. As long as they keep making yet more sports cars, they can sell all the crossovers and luxury sedans they want. And if they build a throwback rally-car, I totally approve.
        Robbie
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Rob Gomes
        Totally agree. All the SUV haters need to look at all the automotive gifts they have bankrolled. ****, without them we might not even have a Porsche. I am happy to sit behind a couple of wide load German mommy wagons if those are the stakes.
      KingTito
      • 11 Months Ago
      Is it April 1st?
        W1llth3thr1ll
        • 11 Months Ago
        @KingTito
        don't know much about 911 history eh?
          KingTito
          • 11 Months Ago
          @W1llth3thr1ll
          Know more than you. The PD variant with the famous Rothmans livery was a purpose built race car. The 911 Safari is like a Subaru Outback with the Rothmans PD special was not.
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