Looks like an off-road-focused Porsche 911 is finally happening.
Unveiled this week, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 is the most track-focused 992-generation 911 yet, but it isn't the only new 911 in the pipeline. Earlier this week, our spies caught Porsche testing a new prototype of the new 911 GTS designed for purists. Now, a prototype of the off-road-focused 911 Safari has been spied tackling the snow. Porsche hasn't officially announced the return of the 911 Safari yet, but with testing underway it seems that the project has been given the green light after the 991-generation 911 Vision Safari never made it to production.
Custom creations by aftermarket tuners like Singer have already proven there's a demand for an off-road 911, so this could be a popular addition to the 992 family.
While another 911 Safari prototype was spotted testing last month, the interior of this prototype is fully covered up. This seems strange considering the 992 Porsche 911 is already in production, so you would think Porsche has nothing to hide. The interior of the 911 GTS prototype was also covered up, which suggests Porsche is already working on a new 992 facelift with a revamped interior. Changes applied to the interior will reportedly be inspired by the Taycan, so it could borrow the electric sports car's 16.8-inch curved digital display.
As for the exterior, the 911 prototype features flared front and rear fenders than the regular 911 Carrera and Turbo, as well as a raised ride height enabling it to tackle the dirt.
The lower part of the front bumper has also been modified to increase the sports car's ground clearance. Expect the production 911 Safari to be fitted with larger tires and redesigned bumpers to make it look more rugged. Nothing is official yet, but it would make sense for Porsche to base the new 911 Safari on the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S, which produces 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six. If the launch of the new 911 Safari coincides with the 992 facelift, a reveal could still be a few years away.