And quick too.
Porsche might think that its dazzling new Vision Gran Turismo will steal the headlines, but fans seem to be intoxicated by an ugly duckling that's been lapping the Nurburgring for the last couple of years. Back in October of 2020, we reported a sighting of what looked to be a lifted, Safari version of the Porsche 911. Porsche has a long history of rally racing the 911, and while there are many modern interpretations of the Safari 911 rolling around these days, none of them are official. Until now. The 911 Safari has been in testing for a good while now, and it seems as if Porsche is putting the final touches on this high-riding sports car. In this latest v, we get to see the 2023 Porsche 911 Safari Prototype testing around the Nürburgring wearing no camouflage, and it looks great.
The last time we reported on this vehicle, Porsche had increased the ride height and bolstered the fenders, giving it a very purposeful, rally-ready look. The latest video shows a car that hasn't changed much. The ride height is still comically high, and the fenders are still angry. Going around some of the fast sweeping corners the Ring is famous for, the 911 Safari still manages to look planted and confident, most likely due to the fact that it rides on the Porsche 911 4S' all-wheel-drive system. We admire Porsche for continuing development on this utterly unique car, even though demand for such a vehicle is bound to be low.
When the 911 Safari finally makes an official appearance, we expect it to feature in every YouTuber's videos for at least a couple of months. Expect big jumps, drift races, and probably a few proper rally car conversions. This thing promises to haul ass too: it is expected that the 911 Safari will be powered by Porsche's excellent 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six which produces 443 horsepower (and a lot more with some tuning). This is one of the coolest things Porsche has done in a long time, and that's coming from a brand that does rad stuff all the time. We hope to get some more solid info before the year is out.