The new Porsche 911 Dakar
The special edition, limited to 2,500 pieces, demonstrates that the Porsche 911 idea has few boundaries. It also reminds many of Porsche’s first overall triumph in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, which also marked the introduction of all-wheel drive in the Porsche 911. For this reason, a Rallye Design Package is also offered as an option for the new 911 Dakar, evoking that legendary winning vehicle.
The Porsche 911 Dakar’s ground clearance, which is 50 millimetres higher than that of a 911 Carrera with sports suspension, is the vehicle’s first notable feature. Furthermore, the front and rear ends can be raised by an extra 30 millimetres using the conventional lift system. Its ramp angle and ground clearance are comparable to those of traditional SUVs. The lift system is an essential component of the tuned chassis and is employed for more than just slowly navigating obstacles. With a top speed of 170 km/h, the “high level” setting is available for ambitious off-road excursions. The vehicle immediately descends back to its usual level once it reaches that speed.
Specially designed Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tyres, measuring 245/45 ZR 19 up front and 295/40 ZR 20, complete the vehicle’s dynamic off-road capabilities. The sidewalls are strengthened, the chunky tread pattern is nine millimetres deep, and there are two carcass plies in the threads. Because of all this, the Porsche 911 Dakar’s tyres are excellent even for difficult terrain and have a high level of cut resistance. There is also an option for two carcass ply Pirelli P Zero summer and winter tyres. However, all-terrain tyres are standard and also provide sports car driving characteristics.
Commanding power on all surfaces
911 Dakar’s three-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine with 480 PS (353 kW): With an impressive boxer sound and combined fuel consumption* of 11.3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions* combined (WLTP) of 256 g/km, and combined fuel consumption* combined (NEDC) of 10.5 l/100 km, CO2 emissions* combined (NEDC) of 239 g/km, this vehicle offers exceptional performance. The new sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, but its top speed is restricted to 240 km/h because of the all-terrain tyres.
The engine includes Porsche all-wheel drive and an eight-speed PDK as standard equipment. Additional standard features include PDCC anti-roll stabilisation, 911 GT3 engine mounts, and rear-axle steering. The 911 Dakar is just as dynamic on sand and other uneven terrain as it is on the Nürburgring Nordschleife thanks to the interaction of all its parts. Two new driving modes, which can be chosen using the rotary switch on the steering wheel, also guarantee maximum off-road performance. Rallye mode, which has all-wheel drive that is rear-focused, is excellent for slick, uneven ground. The high clearance automatically activates in Offroad mode.This mode is intended to provide the most traction possible on sand and challenging terrain. The new Rallye Launch Control, which provides exceptional acceleration on slick surfaces and permits wheel slippage of about 20%, is now included in both of the new driving modes.
Optionally with roof basket or roof tent as well as Porsche Design chronograph
The newly created, fixed, lightweight CFRP rear spoiler and the CFRP front baggage compartment lid with dramatic air vents borrowed from the 911 GT3 are other distinguishing characteristics of the 911 Dakar. Standard off-road features include enlarged wheel wells and sills, red aluminium towing lugs at the front and rear, and stainless steel protection components on the front, rear, and side sills. Stainless steel grilles on the revised front end also shield the side air intakes from flying boulders.
The headlights of the optional roof rack have access to a conspicuous 12-volt electrical plug on the Porsche 911 Dakar’s roof. The rack can easily hold rallying supplies including fuel and water canisters, foldable shovels, and traction boards thanks to its 42 kilogramme weight capacity. The 911 Dakar also has a roof tent available.
The 911 Dakar’s interior emphasises its racing intentions with standard full bucket seats and the absence of the back seats. The Porsche 911 Dakar weighs just 1,605 kg, which is only 10 kg more than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with PDK. This is made possible by lightweight glass and a lightweight battery.
The standard Race-Tex surfaces with ornamental stitching in Shade Green, which are also only offered as a metallic exterior finish for the 911 Dakar, are a distinguishing characteristic of the Dakar interior. The roll-over bar, six-point seat belts, and fire extinguisher included in the Rallye Sport Package are optional.
Rallye Design Package with styling that echoes that of the 1984 Paris-Dakar-winning rally car
The White/Gentian Blue Metallic two-tone paint treatment is the centrepiece of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’s optional Rallye Design Package. Porsche is the first automaker to use bi-color paint and decorative foiling together in serial production. The user can select a unique race number between 0 and 999 to be displayed on the side of the vehicle.
The 911 Dakar with Rallye Design Package, whose appearance is based on the winning car of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, also has “Roughroads” inscription on the doors in addition to the rally stripes in red and gold. The name, which is a registered trademark, refers to the 911 Dakar and emphasises how well-suited it is for off-road driving. In contrast to the ordinary car, the white-painted rims and the red taillight strip complete the unusual look. Interior highlights include seat belts and accents in Sharkblue, extended Race-Tex and leather surrounds, and leather trim.
Porsche Design Chronograph
Customers of the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 911 Dakar or the Chronograph 1 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition can only order these watches to go with the car. The housing is composed of titanium carbide, a very light and scratch-resistant material, for the first time.