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 comfy off highway as it’s on highway, and demonstrates one of the vital excessive variants of the Porsche 911 idea. It’s clear to see, significantly within the livery which Porsche selected to unveil the automotive in, that it takes inspiration from the primary total victory by Porsche within the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, which was concurrently the delivery 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 Package deal, harking back to that iconic, profitable automotive.
The obvious and putting element of the Porsche 911 Dakar is its floor clearance, which is 50 mm increased than that of a typical 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’ll count on from one thing like a Cayenne. The four-corner elevate system just isn’t 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 obtainable for extra severe off-road adventures at speeds of as much as 106 mph (170 km/h). Above that pace, the automotive routinely lowers again right down to its regular degree.
To go well with extra rugged terrain and the automotive’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 supreme for difficult terrain whereas retaining a excessive degree of on-road sports activities automotive dynamics. Non-compulsory Pirelli P Zero summer time 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 automotive sprints from relaxation to 62 mph (100 kph) in simply 3.5 seconds and reaches a prime 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. Normal 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 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 be thanks partly to 2 new driving modes selectable through the rotary change on the steering wheel. Rally mode is right for unfastened, 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 may deal with unfastened 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 made from CFRP, in addition to the CFRP entrance lid taken from the 911 GT3. There are additionally commonplace off-road particulars equivalent to aluminium towing lugs at the back and front, widened wheel wells and sills, and chrome steel plates on the entrance, rear, and sills. The facet air intakes on the redesigned entrance are additionally protected in opposition to flying rocks with chrome 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 equivalent to gasoline and water canisters, folding shovels, and traction boards. A roof tent can be obtainable for the 911 Dakar. These are significantly cool and really fascinating choices that we hope to see most 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 talents 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 be solely obtainable as a metallic exterior end for the 911 Dakar (we want there have been images on this configuration!). The inspiration of the non-compulsory Rally Design Package deal consists of an all-white physique or a two-tone end in White and Gentian Blue Metallic.
This mixture of two-tone paintwork and wrapping on a typical 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 Package deal recaptures the profitable automotive from the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally and, along with ornamental stripes in purple and gold, incorporates 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 might be ordered now at a worth of £173,000 incl. VAT with first deliveries within the UK due round Spring 2023. The Rally Design Package deal is obtainable from £18,434 incl. VAT.