Porsche has an extensive history of releasing rally cars. They have an impressive reputation when it comes to road racing achievements. And with the new year just around the corner, the brand has something special coming out, the 911 Safari. This is an extension of the 911 lineup that was teased for a long time.
The 2022 Porsche 911 Safari is one of the most iconic sports cars in the Porsche brand lineup.
Is the Safari a Regular 911 model?
At this point, the Safari is an entirely new model and is not a facelifted or modified version of the current 911. This is even more reinforced because Porsche has already introduced the facelifted 911 models, and it would make no sense to launch a new special edition just a few years later.
Porsche is building a brand new 911 model, which will get a new name to reflect the fact that it has been built from the ground up with the intentions of being a rally-oriented car rather than just being a modified version of the current sports car. The Safari 911 borrows some physical characteristics of the prototype 911, but overall, it is a completely different model and gives off a completely different vibe.
If we are to believe the images we’ve seen so far, the 911 Safari must be a textbook rally car by design. The exterior has undergone a few transformations from the typical 911 model. The suspension, estimated to be around 2 inches, has been raised, making the car ride a bit higher; there’s also an underbody protection layer sheet that is flatter at the center.
The lower bumper is shortened to boost the car’s approach angle. Also to aid in ground clearance are the add-on wheel arches. The chunkier tires get wider as you approach the rear axles, thus improving handling and maneuvering, especially in sharp corners. The Safari assumes five-spoke rims that nicely fit in the sporty tires. Also conspicuous are the fender extensions trying to hide underneath the black masking.
The 911 Safari features a more extended range of travel compared to the other 911 models; active dumpers and softer springs adapt to road irregularities and unfriendly terrain by providing a superior mechanical grip.
One of the downsides in the Safari is the thicker sidewall that may make it a little more challenging to drive on harsh conditions like mud and snowy surfaces. We hope that additional off-roading drive modes will be available. The Porsche 911 Safari will feature; side sills and skid plates to protect the underside from damages. Small wing plastic extensions protect the wheel arches.
The 911 Safari will adopt most of the interior design and features of the regular 911. It will feature comfortable bucket sports seats, a standard feature in most rally cars. Therefore, these seats are lighter and stiffer, helping secure the driver and the front passenger. The cabin will offer more quality with soft surfaces and premium materials.
Also available are the instrument cluster and infotainment system with a few additional components related to the car. The Safari interior reflects a real sports car, and like any other car of its kind, it will have a more than simple design. It will also get a more aggressive steering wheel, a different instrument cluster, and a few extra buttons for the drivetrain and suspension. In addition to being a textbook modern rally car, the 2022 Porsche 911 Safari is of premium quality, as evidenced by its luxurious materials, finishes, and features.
The interior is also outfitted with Apple CarPlay, a climate control system, keyless entry, a touchscreen display screen, a navigation system, and much more. In terms of safety and driver assistance tools, the Safari features; LED headlights, forward collision mitigation, among other safety technologies.
The 2022-Porsche 911 Safari is powered by a 3.0L flat-six engine with an output of 443 horses and 390 Lb-Ft of torque. The horsepower can be increased with some tuning. The car will adopt an all-wheel layout system as the standard drivetrain.
This is to be expected in any rally-inspired car. Safari will likely be slightly more expensive than any other 911. This is all because Porsche is looking at taking the safari rally vehicle market by storm, and this Safari edition will be a special one of its kind.
What makes the 911 Safari a standout in the rally segment?
The 911 Safari is a real rally car with its powerful flat-six engine, snappy gearshifts, top speed, and acceleration power. It is also extreme in terms of off-road capabilities. If you are looking for a performance machine that is both a cruiser and a rally car, then the 911 Safari is the perfect car for you. Contact our dealership for more information on the 2022 Porsche 911 Safari.