What was the first 4×4 “off-roader” Porsche ever produced? Chances are, you thought it was the Cayenne. It wasn’t – at least, not technically.
Back in 1978, the company started producing Porsche 911s specifically for rally competitions, and because of this boasted increased ground clearance, a bull bar and spotlights. In 1983, it even produced a handful of coupes with proper four-wheel drive. These were so successful, that they won that year’s Paris-Dakar Rally.
Why is this bit of history of importance now? Well, it is being reported that Porsche will be taking a “crossover” version of the 911 to the Beijing Auto Show, and it will be called the 911 Safari. It will reportedly be based on the 4WD Carrera 4, and will boast larger tyres, improved ground clearance, bash plates and a suspension tuned for off-road driving.
Okay, admittedly, the 911 Safari will not exactly be off-roader in the traditional sense of the term, but we’re still keen to see what this gravel-travelling Porsche will look like.