According to the German media, Porsche is preparing to show an off-road concept of the current 911 (911) at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, which will take place in April. Dubbed 911 (991) Safari, the vehicle will pay tribute to the 1978 Porsche 911 SC Safari rally car (seen in the photo gallery).
What’s more interesting is that the German carmaker is planning to introduce a production version in 2016, if the feedback will be positive. Some of the markets that Porsche is considering that an off-road version of the 911 could be popular is the Middle East but also China or Russia.
Although there are no details, it appears that the concept car will be based on the all-wheel drive version od the Carrera and it will feature a raised suspension as well as new elements to suggest off-road capabilities.
For those who don’t know, the Porsche 911 (991) Carrera 4 is powered by a 3.4-liter engine rated at 350 hp (257 kW) and is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds (Carrera 4 Cabriolet: 4.7 seconds), while the top speed is limited at 285 km/h or 177 mph (Carrera 4 Cabriolet: 282 km/h or 175 mph).
The 911 (991) Carrera 4S uses a 3.8-liter rear-mounted boxer engine delivering 400 hp (294 kW). With these numbers, the 911 (991) Carrera 4S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds (Carrera 4S Cabriolet: 4.3 seconds) and has a top speed of 299 km/h or 185 mph (911 Carrera 4S CabrioletL 296 km/h or 183 mph).