Get ready to trade in that Cayenne.
Porsche will reveal an off-road version of the 911 at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, Germany’s Motor Revue reports (via Car and Driver).
This unusual take on Porsche’s iconic sports cars will reportedly be a concept called the 911 Safari and will be based on the all-wheel drive Carrera 4.
However, the 911 will be bulked up with new suspension, which will provide better ground clearance and will be able to survive obstacles more severe than the average pothole. Larger tires and skid plates will complete the look.
A rally-style roof rack with spare tire, Jerry cans, and spotlights would look pretty cool, too.
Dressing a 911 up like wouldn’t just be a shameless attempt to draw people to the Porsche stand at Beijing; it would be a nod to the car’s rally pedigree.
Porsche entered a 911 SC Safari in the 1978 East African Safari Rally, and has raced 911s in the treacherous Paris-Dakar Rally. The 959 – Porsche’s first supercar – was also battle-tested in the Dakar.
However, Porsche’s latest attempt at a mud-slinging 911 reportedly has more to do with sales than race wins.
A production 911 Safari could appeal to buyers in China, Russia, South America, or the Middle East, where there is plenty of demand for sports cars, but a shortage of sports-car worthy roads.
Such a car would also make the Cayenne and Macan crossovers look seriously uncool by comparison.
The 2014 Beijing Motor Show opens April 20. We’ll have more details on the 911 Safari concept as that date approaches.
- Porsche knows not to mess with the 911, but also knows how to weave in progress
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS retakes Nürburgring lap record, with an asterisk
- Restored Porsche 911 gets a modern upgrade, but retains classic beauty
- Sexy at 70: Porsche’s limited-edition 911 Speedster gets green light for 2019
- Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second electric car will fill a new niche