The Dakar 911:One of the many things we like about Porsche’s 911 sports car, a classic in its own right, is the wide variety of available models, which range from basic Carrera coupes to the fire-breathing GT3 RS. We may not have thought to ask for an off-roader, but it’s one thing the 911 range hasn’t offered. With the debut of the 911 Dakar, which takes its name from the 1978-starting Paris-Dakar rally event, that situation will change in 2023.
The 911 Dakar has now been confirmed in manufacturing form, and we are fully aware of its all-terrain adaptations, even though we have previously had a peek of it via teaser photos of it completing its testing in all parts of the globe. The 911 Dakar is essentially a Carrera 4 GTS coupe modified for rally use and, as such, is equipped with an all-wheel drive system with a twin-faster flat-six engine with 473 horsepower.
The suspension has been increased by 2.0 inches and includes a renowned carry device that, if needed, can give it a further 1.2 inches of ground clearance. Porsche has configured the lift system to let the 911 Dakar travel at its highest speed at speeds up to 105 mph, unlike off-road systems that allow for greater flexibility for low-speed maneuvers. Put the car in its new Off-Road driving mode, and it will automatically rise to this top.
The Dakar rides on a staggered wheel arrangement with 19-inch front rollers and 20-inch rear rollers, much like previous 911 variants. The Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tires, specifically engineered to be more puncture resistant thanks to a twin-carcass manufacturing procedure, distinguish the Dakar from other racing vehicles.
The paint could be scratched, but the 911 Dakar is designed for high-speed off-road activities. The 911 Dakar can now tear down rutted roads and climb grassy knolls without endangering the vehicle’s low-lying mechanicals, thanks to under-frame safety from Porsche. To provide a greater method angle, stainless steel skid plates and side shields were added, and the car’s front overhang was slightly reduced.
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Despite all the modifications, Porsche claims that the 911 Dakar is just 16 pounds heavier than a 911 Carrera 4 GTS with an automatic gearbox. To keep the car’s bulk under control, weight-saving measures were implemented. For example, the back seats were removed, and lightweight window glass was employed.
The 911 Dakar’s developers rummaged through the 911’s parts store and installed the Turbo S cooling system, the Carrera S brakes, and the carbon fiber bonnet from the GT3. Porsche claims that the 911 Dakar can reach 60 mph in three seconds, which is a little modest given that a 911 Carrera GTS with PDK, powered by the rear wheels, reached 60 mph in under 2.8 seconds during our testing.
The inside is well decorated and has enough room for two persons, like a typical 911. Customers may choose more comfortable regular 911 seats if they want, although a set of radically enhanced leisure seats are often available. The 1984 Paris-Dakar winning 911’s exterior livery kit is also an option, and it looks rad with its Fuchs-style white wheels, racing stripes, and racing range adhesive label.
A stylish roof-set shipping basket for the 911 Dakar is also available, with floodlights built into the leading edge. Porsche claims their rooftop tent may also work if you need to set up camp atop a 911 Dakar.
The 911 Dakar starts at a steep $223,450, but given how unique the car is, we don’t think wealthy Porsche buyers will be put off. Call your Porsche dealer now if all this performance and rally-bred engineering appeals to you. Porsche is still determining whether the second batch of limited-edition Dakar styles will be available in future model years; just 2500 can be built.
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- Porsche unveiled its most distinctive 911 variant at the Los Angeles car show in 2022.
- The 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar is a raised, off-road-capable version of the company’s iconic 911 sports car, complete with a roof rack, all-wheel drive, all-terrain tires, and more rally-oriented modifications.
- A 3.0-liter flat-six engine with two turbochargers that produces 473 horsepower is located behind the rear axle. The 911 Dakar is only available with Porsche’s 8-speed PDK automatic gearbox.