We are, of course, talking about the upcoming 911 SC (if that is, indeed, the name it will have), whose design will hark back to special models like the 911 2.7 RS and is expected to be unveiled later this year.
The third one is our story today though, and it’s a new 911 version that has no direct or indirect predecessors. Unless you’re also looking at racing cars, that is.
Porsche has been competing and winning in rallies with the 911 since the late 1960s, with models like the Porsche 911 SC running circles around their competition in the hellish 5,000 (3,100 miles) East African Safari Rally, or the mighty 953 and 959 Group B titans winning the illustrious Paris Dakar Rally in 1984 and 1986.
This year is special though because the Stuttgart sports-carmaker is actively developing an official dune-buggy that you can take to the opera after making some sweet jumps in the desert or a mild off-road course.
Set to wear the 911 Dakar moniker, the upcoming off-road sports car was first previewed by a mysterious concept car called the 911 Safari a few years back.
Oddly enough, the 911 Safari was based on the 997 generation of the Neunelfer, and its existence only became public in 2020, right at the time when some mystery prototypes of the 992 on stilts began making the rounds on public roads and even the Nordschleife.
The car also has a wider track and there seems to be some extra fairing on the larger wheel wells. Don’t expect locking differentials or anything extreme like that, but you will definitely be able to tackle much rougher roads in the Dakar compared to your average 911.
The two main unknowns regarding the model are the powertrain, which may be borrowed either from the 911 Carrera S or, more likely, from the 911 Carrera GTS, and the type of suspension it will use.
In other words, just like the latest 911 GT3 has taken a break from tradition with the introduction of a double front wishbone, we may be seeing an entirely new type of suspension on the 911 Dakar – something that can be used on anything, from rougher roads to the Nurburgring.
According to a Porsche insider, the Dakar is expected to be unveiled sometime this summer. Even though it will not be officially a limited-edition model, but simply yet another version of the ever-increasing 911 lineup, you won't be able to see many of them on the road (or off it) because Porsche will simply not make enough units. Pricing wise, it should sit somewhere between a 911 Carrera GTS and a 911 GT3.