Porsche is celebrating a rare world premiere on the Los Angeles Auto Present: the brand new 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar. Simply 2,500 examples will likely be delivered worldwide making this one of many manufacturers most unique fashions. It guarantees to be simply as comfy off highway as it’s on highway, and demonstrates some of the excessive variants of the Porsche 911 idea. It’s clear to see, notably within the livery which Porsche selected to unveil the automobile in, that it takes inspiration from the primary general victory by Porsche within the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, which was concurrently the start of all-wheel drive within the Porsche 911. As a nod to this win, the brand new 911 Dakar is obtainable with an non-compulsory Rally Design Bundle, paying homage to that iconic, profitable automobile.
The obvious and placing element of the Porsche 911 Dakar is its floor clearance, which is 50 mm greater than that of a normal 911 Carrera S with its sports activities suspension. It may be raised by an additional 30 mm utilizing its carry system, leading to floor clearance and ramp angles you’ll count on from one thing like a Cayenne. The four-corner carry system will not be designed merely for driving over obstacles at low speeds, however is an integral a part of the re-tuned suspension. The ‘excessive degree’ setting is offered for extra critical off-road adventures at speeds of as much as 106 mph (170 km/h). Above that pace, the automobile routinely lowers again all the way down to its regular degree.
To go well with extra rugged terrain and the automobile’s high-speed off-road attributes, the Porsche 911 Dakar are specifically developed Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tyres (sized 245/45 R 19 on the entrance and 295/40 R 20 on the rear). The chunky tread sample is 9 millimetres deep and the bolstered sidewalls relaxation on two carcass plies, serving to make sure the tyres are extremely minimize resistant. This makes the tyres of the Porsche 911 Dakar excellent for difficult terrain whereas retaining a excessive degree of on-road sports activities automobile dynamics. Optionally available Pirelli P Zero summer season and winter tyres, additionally with two carcass plies, are additionally obtainable.
What powers this jack-up 911? The acquainted and vigorous flat-six from the 911 GTS fashions, the three.0-litre biturbo six-cylinder engine with 473bhp (353 kW) and a most torque of 570 Nm delivers sturdy efficiency with a compelling boxer sound. The automobile sprints from relaxation to 62 mph (100 kph) in simply 3.5 seconds and reaches a high pace, restricted because of the all-terrain tyres, of 149 mph (240 kph).
As commonplace, the engine comes with an eight-speed PDK and Porsche all-wheel drive. Customary gear additionally contains rear-axle steering, dynamic engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management (PDCC) anti-roll stabilisation. The interaction of those parts leads to the 911 Dakar being simply as succesful on sand and gravel as it’s on the Nordschleife. Its most off-road efficiency can also be thanks partially to 2 new driving modes selectable through the rotary swap on the steering wheel. Rally mode is right for free, uneven surfaces and options rear-focused all-wheel drive, whereas Offroad mode is for high-clearance driving. Each of the brand new driving modes additionally characteristic Rally Launch Management, which might deal with free surfaces and wheel slippage of 20 per cent for an explosive and dramatic launch.
Need your 911 Dakar to look much more off-roady? The 911 Dakar features a newly developed, light-weight fastened rear spoiler fabricated from CFRP, in addition to the CFRP entrance lid taken from the 911 GT3. There are additionally commonplace off-road particulars reminiscent of aluminium towing lugs at the back and front, widened wheel wells and sills, and stainless-steel plates on the entrance, rear, and sills. The aspect air intakes on the redesigned entrance are additionally protected towards flying rocks with stainless-steel grilles. All of this, on a 911!
That’s not all, on the roof of the Porsche 911 Dakar there a visual 12-volt energy outlet for the headlights of the non-compulsory roof rack. With a capability of 42 kgs, the rack can accommodate gear reminiscent of gasoline and water canisters, folding shovels, and traction boards. A roof tent can also be obtainable for the 911 Dakar. These are severely cool and really fascinating choices that we hope to see lots of the automobiles go away the manufacturing line with!
All of this rally impressed tech doesn’t meant that the kerb-weight of the 911 Dakar has ballooned. The inside underlines its sporting skills with full bucket seats as commonplace, and the omission of the rear seats. Light-weight glass and a light-weight battery cut back its mass but additional, enabling the Porsche 911 Dakar to weigh in at simply 1,605 kgs – simply 10 kgs heavier than a 911 Carrera 4 GTS with PDK.
A defining characteristic of the Dakar inside are the usual Race-Tex surfaces with ornamental stitching in Shade Inexperienced, a color which can also be completely obtainable as a metallic exterior end for the 911 Dakar (we want there have been photographs on this configuration!). The muse of the non-compulsory Rally Design Bundle contains an all-white physique or a two-tone end in White and Gentian Blue Metallic.
This mix of two-tone paintwork and wrapping on a normal mannequin is a primary for Porsche. On every door, clients can select a person beginning quantity between 1 and 999. The look of the 911 Dakar with Rally Design Bundle recaptures the profitable automobile from the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally and, along with ornamental stripes in pink and gold, includes a ‘Roughroads’ brand on the doorways, a transparent nod to the Rothaman’s vigorous… sans Rothmans. The time period ‘Roughroads’ is a registered trademark and displays the idea of the 911 Dakar.
The brand new Porsche 911 Dakar could be ordered now at a worth of £173,000 incl. VAT with first deliveries within the UK due round Spring 2023. The Rally Design Bundle is offered from £18,434 incl. VAT.