Is Porsche testing a safari-spec 911?
This odd prototype was spotted near the Nürburgring, and it's been dropping spies' jaws.
The history of the Porsche 911 dates back to 1963, and over the years, the 911 has become a successful name in many genres of motorsport. From road cars to road racers, and classic icons to cult-followed resto-mods, the 911 family has become one of the most influential groups of car to ever hit the market.
Taking the turn off sealed roads, Porsche has been involved with both on and offroad motorsport, with cars like the classic 911 SC Safari and insanely iconic 959 Paris-Dakar to more modern 911 GT3 Rally cars. The marque has been entering the platform into rally events for decades, especially throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, winning multiple titles in the Paris-Dakar rally before a planned entry into Group B.
It must be to no surprise then, if Porsche followed up with a new rally car to continue their participation in offroad rally... Right?
Say hello to this lifted 911 prototype - a car so strange, it's managed to drop the jaws of all the spies who have come across it.
Spotted near the Nürburgring race track in Germany just today, this rear-engined sports coupe wasn't the only thing that was raised, as the local spotting community has been left with many questions about the marque's intention with this strange car.
Hiding in plain sight, the off-road-looking 911 doesn't seem to make much sense testing over at Green Hell (a track used to test asphalt going cars), but it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility for an offroad version of the 911 to undergo road and track testing.
Porsche's testing has been rather opaque when it comes prototypes, especially when compared to other rival marques such as Ferrari, who prefer to keep their test mules as private as possible. This could be a sign that the German marque wants the public to know about this strange mock-up, because usually if a car was going to be built for rally - it wouldn't take the form of a stock-standard 911 Carrera road car.
Perhaps the manufacturer is testing a new all-wheel drive system for an SUV - hiding it under the shell of a 911, but we'd like to believe the latter for now. How awesome would it be if Porsche made a new 911 offroad car available for purchase?
Now that's what we'd call product differentiation.