Porsche‘s high-riding 911 variant, which could wear the Dakar name, has been spied once again but it’s still unclear when it’ll finally be revealed.

    Prototypes of the Dakar have been spied in the same all-black camouflage for over two years now.

    This particular prototype, spied at the Nurburgring, appears to be largely the same as the previously-spied version with the 911 GT3-style nostrils on the front boot.

    There also appears to be some wheel arch cladding, and a 911 Turbo-style spoiler at the rear.

    Our spy photographers noted the 911 Dakar prototype did two rounds of track testing at the Green Hell and found the ride height during one of the session was higher than the other. It’s most obvious when looking at the wheel arches.

    This points toward the car receiving some form of air suspension that allows it to raise up and down.

    It’s not clear what will power the 911 Dakar, but it’s likely to feature all-wheel drive given its off-road focus.

    While the new high-riding 911 might be the first of its kind since the 1978 911 SC Safari, Porsche has toyed with reviving the idea before.

    In late 2020 the carmaker released a clutch of photos detailing 15 concepts it had developed but never publicly revealed before, one of which was a 911 Safari.

    Lamborghini is also gearing up to reveal a high-riding version of its Huracan supercar before the end of the year.

    Known as the Huracan Sterrato, this Lamborghini is inspired by the wild 2019 Steratto concept and will be the “final” variant in the line of V10 Huracans that started in 2014.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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