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).
The brand-new generation Porsche 911 Carrera is rising from one of the greatest development ventures in the long legacy of this iconic sports vehicle. Around 90 per cent of all features have been remodelled or reengineered.
With its brand-new lightweight body, further drivetrain efficiencies and fresh suspension systems, the Coupé gives the driver enhanced Porsche Intelligent Performance. This shows itself in yet additionally improved driving dynamics, up to 16 percent lower fuel consumption and emissions mixed with considerably significant day-to-day practicality.
The Porsche 911 Carrera's design and sizes have developed in step with the innovation. One of the most detailed points of differentiation is the 100 millimeter (3.94 inch) elongated wheelbase. The body on the other hand is only 56 millimeters (2.20 inch) longer lengthwise, the overhangs being compressed by 32 millimeters (1.26 inch) at the front and twelve millimeters (0.47 inch) at the back.
Carrera's roof line is around seven millimeters lower than that of its former model and around six millimeters for the Carrera S. The optimal headroom remains virtually unaltered. For Coupés with a sunroof, which for the first time is of the electric slide/tilt type, headroom has even grown to 15 millimeters. With an entire length of just shy of 4.5 meters (176.81 inch) and a max width of roughly 1.8 meters (71.18 inch), the 911 Carrera is still the most compact sports vehicle in its segment.