Looks like Porsche is finally preparing to unleash a new 911 Safari off-roader.
The wait for the new 911 GT3 is nearly over as Porsche will present the next-generation version of the track-focused sports car this year. This seemingly isn't the only new 911 variant Porsche is plotting, however. Last October, Porsche was caught on video testing a mysterious high-riding 911 with styrofoam in the wheel arches at the Nurburgring, leading to speculation the German automaker is preparing to unleash a new rally-ready 911 Safari.
Several Porsche tuners such as Singer have already shown off new custom off-roaders based on the 911, so it's only a matter of time before Porsche capitalizes on the demand.
Like the test model we saw last year, this new prototype has wider wheel arches at the front and rear fenders. The front bumper also appears to have been tweaked to accommodate a higher ground clearance to make the 911 more capable off-road.
More changes can be found at the back, where the license plate has moved up, a redesigned bumper has been fitted, and the exhaust pipes are in a more central position. Presumably, the new 911 Safari will be based on the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S. In stock form, the 911 4S packs a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six producing 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, but the Safari variant could have more power.
Porsche built a 911 Safari based on the 991-generation 911 back in 2012. Dubbed the 911 Vision Safari, the rugged 911 was inspired by iconic Porsche rally cars from the 1970s but it sadly never made it into production. It was only showcased to the public last year, but it shows that Porsche has been thinking of building a new 911 Safari for a long time.
It now looks like Porsche's vision will be turned into a reality, but it remains to be seen if the new 911 Safari will be a permanent addition to the 992-generation 911 range or a limited-edition model.