Official: Porsche 911 Dakar – GTspirit
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 probably be delivered worldwide making this one of many manufacturers most unique fashions. It guarantees to be simply as snug off street as it’s on street, and demonstrates one of the excessive variants of the Porsche 911 idea. It’s clear to see, significantly within the livery which Porsche selected to unveil the automobile in, that it takes inspiration from the primary total victory by Porsche within the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, which was concurrently the beginning of all-wheel drive within the Porsche 911. As a nod to this win, the brand new 911 Dakar is obtainable with an non-obligatory Rally Design Bundle, harking back to that iconic, successful automobile.
The obvious and putting element of the Porsche 911 Dakar is its floor clearance, which is 50 mm larger than that of an ordinary 911 Carrera S with its sports activities suspension. It may be raised by an additional 30 mm utilizing its elevate system, leading to floor clearance and ramp angles you’d count on from one thing like a Cayenne. The four-corner elevate system is just not designed merely for driving over obstacles at low speeds, however is an integral a part of the re-tuned suspension. The ‘excessive stage’ setting is on the market 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 stage.
To swimsuit 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 strengthened 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 preferrred for difficult terrain whereas retaining a excessive stage of on-road sports activities automobile dynamics. Optionally available Pirelli P Zero summer season and winter tyres, additionally with two carcass plies, are additionally out there.
What powers this jack-up 911? The acquainted and energetic 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. Commonplace gear additionally consists of rear-axle steering, dynamic engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Management (PDCC) anti-roll stabilisation. The interaction of those elements 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 be thanks partly to 2 new driving modes selectable through the rotary swap on the steering wheel. Rally mode is good 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 function 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 mounted rear spoiler made from CFRP, in addition to the CFRP entrance lid taken from the 911 GT3. There are additionally commonplace off-road particulars corresponding to 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-obligatory roof rack. With a capability of 42 kgs, the rack can accommodate gear corresponding to gasoline and water canisters, folding shovels, and traction boards. A roof tent can be out there for the 911 Dakar. These are critically cool and really fascinating choices that we hope to see most of the vehicles depart 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 scale 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 function of the Dakar inside are the usual Race-Tex surfaces with ornamental stitching in Shade Inexperienced, a color which can be solely out there as a metallic exterior end for the 911 Dakar (we want there have been images on this configuration!). The muse of the non-obligatory Rally Design Bundle consists of an all-white physique or a two-tone end in White and Gentian Blue Metallic.
This mix of two-tone paintwork and wrapping on an ordinary mannequin is a primary for Porsche. On every door, prospects can select a person beginning quantity between 1 and 999. The look of the 911 Dakar with Rally Design Bundle recaptures the successful automobile from the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally and, along with ornamental stripes in crimson and gold, contains a ‘Roughroads’ brand on the doorways, a transparent nod to the Rothaman’s energetic… sans Rothmans. The time period ‘Roughroads’ is a registered trademark and displays the idea of the 911 Dakar.
The brand new Porsche 911 Dakar may 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 on the market from £18,434 incl. VAT.