Porsche reveals 911 Dakar off-road sports car

Limited to just 2,500 examples worldwide, the Porsche 911 Dakar will make its world premiere at this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show. With ground clearance increased by 80mm thanks to a lift-function chassis, it could become an off-road icon.

It comes standard with specially developed Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tyres, and there’s even the option of a Rallye Design Package to echo the look of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally winning car.

The three-litre biturbo six-cylinder engine delivers 353kW and a maximum torque of 570Nm, for superior performance with a compelling boxer sound. The new sports car is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds.

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As standard, the engine comes with an eight-speed PDK and Porsche all-wheel drive, rear-axle steering, engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and PDCC anti-roll stabilisation.

The interplay of all the components results in the 911 Dakar being just as dynamic on sand and loose surfaces as it is on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Its maximum off-road performance is also thanks in part to two new driving modes.

Selectable via the rotary switch on the steering wheel, Rallye mode is ideal for loose, uneven surfaces and features rear-focused all-wheel drive. In off-road mode, the high clearance is activated automatically.

This mode is designed for maximum traction on difficult terrain and on sand. Both of the new driving modes also feature the new Rallye Launch Control, which enables impressive acceleration on loose surfaces.

Additional characteristic features of the 911 Dakar include the newly developed, fixed lightweight carbon fibre reinforced plastic rear spoiler, and a front luggage compartment lid with striking air outlets, taken from the 911 GT3.

There are also standard off-road details such as the red aluminium towing lugs at the front and back, the widened wheel wells and sills, and the stainless steel protective elements on the front, rear and side sills.

The side air intakes on the redesigned front end are also protected against flying rocks by stainless steel grilles. The roof of the Porsche 911 Dakar features a visible 12-volt power outlet for the headlights of the optional roof rack that is available via Porsche Tequipment.

With a capacity of 42kg, the rack can accommodate rallying accessories such as fuel and water canisters, folding shovels and traction boards without any problems. A roof tent is also available for the 911 Dakar too.

Inside, the 911 Dakar underscores its sporting ambitions with standard full bucket seats and the omission of the rear seats. Lightweight glass and a lightweight battery reduce its weight further, enabling the Porsche 911 Dakar to weigh in at just 1,605kg.

A defining feature of the Dakar interior is the standard Race-Tex surfaces with decorative stitching in Shade Green. Exclusively for the 911 Dakar is the optional exterior finish in Shade Green metallic.

The optional Rallye Design Package adds a two-tone paint finish in White/Gentian Blue Metallic. This combination of two-tone paintwork and wrapping on a standard model is a first for Porsche.

On the side of the vehicle, the customer can choose an individual race number between 1 and 999. In addition to decorative stripes in red and gold, the 911 Dakar with the Rallye Design Package also features a ‘Roughroads’ logo on the doors.

A roll cage, six-point seat belts and fire extinguisher can also be added. Customers of the 911 Dakar can also exclusively order the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 ‒ 911 Dakar or the Chronograph 1 ‒ 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition watch to go with their car.

In Australia, the 911 Dakar will be additionally equipped only with the tyre sealant and electric air compressor as standard. Available to order now, it’s priced at $491,400 plus on-roads. The Rallye Design Package adds $54,730.

Australian deliveries are expected to commence from the second half of 2023. To find out more, contact your local Porsche dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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