A Safari 911 Is What You Buy When Your Raptor Is Too Big

No, seriously.

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Off-road trucks like the Ford F-150 Raptor might be designed for sandy deserts and rocky trails, but they can be great in cities, too. Urban roads are often bumpy, potholed, and poorly maintained, and the soft, long-travel suspension of an off-roader can help smooth that stuff out. But the Raptor and other full-size trucks are often too big for urban parking situations. What you need is something compact, but with good clearance and a smooth ride. Something like an off-road Porsche 911.

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Okay, so, a lifted 911 isn't the obvious solution to this problem, but it works. The Smoking Tire host and R&T contributor Matt Farah had a first-gen Raptor in Los Angeles and loved the way it ironed out any road imperfections. But have you ever tried to parallel park a Raptor? It's not impossible, but you'll circle the block a dozen times before you find a space large enough.

Farah wanted something with off-road suspension, but in a more reasonably sized package. So, he had sports-car racer Leh Keen build him a 911 that looks ready to tackle the Paris-Dakar. For the task at hand, it's perfect.

By modern standards, an air-cooled 911 is quite compact, which makes it perfect for any city. This 911's off-road suspension and BF Goodrich tires—the same A/T KOs used on the Raptor—mean you can tackle speed bumps at full throttle. And when Farah takes a shortcut on a dirt path, it really starts to make sense.

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