New Porsche 911 “Safari” Could Be Named Dakar Instead


New Porsche 911 “Safari” Could Be Named Dakar Instead

A new Porsche 911 Safari has been spotted in development testing at the Nürburgring and among the sand dunes of Saudi Arabia. But now there’s a very credible rumor going around that it won’t be named “Safari” after all, and it will instead be named after the legendary Dakar desert rally race.

Most talk of Porsche 911 Safaris today focuses on fabricators, tuners, and personal passion projects that develop various generations of 911s into something that at least looks like it’s more capable off-road. That typically translates to beefier tires and stronger wheels on taller suspension, maybe some weight reduction, and a bunch of cool bolt-ons like cargo racks and brush guards. Perhaps it’ll take some inspiration, too, from the Porsche 911 Vision Safari design study that the company kept under wraps until quite recently (pictured above and below).

Even bigger tuners, like Singer, Ruf, and Gemballa, have been embracing the trend and building Safari-like cars that sell for more money than there are grains of sand in the desert. So it makes sense that Porsche would want to intercept some of that money flowing to the aftermarket with its own in-house 911 Dakar.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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