A prototype Porsche 911 has been spied testing in Germany, but with one curious detail: raised suspension.
Why a brand-new 911 sports car would even be fitted with high-riding suspension remains a mystery. At this stage there have been no industry whispers about such a variant.
Perhaps a Porsche 911 Carrera Cross is under consideration – offering a more forgiving ride and handling package for areas of the world where roads are not as well-maintained as race tracks.
CarAdvice contributor Alex Misoyannis has created a render of what a 2021 Porsche 911 Cross could look like (above), featuring raised suspension, black plastic wheel arches, under-body armour, and large fog lights.
An aftermarket flat roof-rack system with a spare wheel and all-terrain tyres, a high-lift jack and a shovel complete the look.
The real-life prototype was spotted by YouTube channel Stateside Super Cars driving at Germany's legendary Nurburgring during a manufacturers' test day, suggesting the idea of a lifted 911 may be closer to production than we know.
Interest in off-road 911s has increased dramatically in recent years, as builders turned older Porsches into what's known as 'Safari' cars – with long waiting lists and big price tags.
Earlier this month, patents emerged of a high-riding Alpine A110, solidifying the possibility of a 'Safari' version of the French sports car. It's possible Porsche is responding to Alpine's plans, ensuring its competitor does not have a niche segment all to itself.
While it remains to be seen whether these brand-new off-road coupes will make it to production, there may well be enough buyers wanting a few more modern creature comforts to justify such vehicles.
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