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German sportscar manufacturer Porsche has revealed the all-new limited edition 911 Dakar. Only 2,500 units of the Porsche 911 Dakar will ever be produced.
Porsche claims that the new 911 Dakar evokes the first overall victory by Porsche in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally which also marked the first usage of all-wheel drive in the 911 lineup. The new 911 Dakar also gets an optional Rally Design Package that pays tribute to the 911 that won the 1984 rally.
The all-new Porsche 911 Dakar takes its powertrain from the 911 GTS. The 3.0-litre twin turbo flat six stuffed into the rear end of the Dakar pushes out 473bhp and 570Nm of torque that is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed PDK automatic gearbox.
The Porsche 911 Dakar sprints from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds. The 911 Dakar's top speed is limited to just 240km/h due to its big all-terrain Pirelli Scorpion tyres. The 240km/h top speed also means that the 911 Dakar is the slowest 911 model in the current range.
What separates the all-new Porsche 911 Dakar from its rear-engined brethren is its stance. The 911 Dakar's ground clearance is 50mm higher than that of a standard 911 Carrera with sports suspension. This can be further raised further thanks to a lift system that raises the car a further 30mm above the ground.
The 911 Dakar also features two new driving modes apart from the regular Wet, Normal and Sport modes. The first of the two modes is dubbed Rallye, which is ideal for loose, uneven surfaces and sends most of the power to the rear wheels.
The second off-roading mode - Off Road - automatically activates the highest possible level of ground clearance and has been designed to ensure maximum levels of grip in difficult terrain and sand. This is ideal for what Porsche claims are ambitious off-road adventures at speeds of up to 170 km/h.
The Porsche 911 Dakar also features two different launch control setups. The regular launch control setup is offered with the normal road driving modes. The Rallye traction control mode, offered with the Rallye and Off-Road driving modes, allows for 20 more wheel slippage, allowing for impressive bursts of acceleration on loose surfaces.
The Porsche 911 Dakar also features quite a few design changes to separate it from the regular 911 models. These changes include the vented carbon-fibre reinforced bonnet from the GT3 model.
Other changes come in the form of stainless steel skid plates and grilles for the side intakes, plastic wheel arch extension, a new fixed-wing at the rear, and a new rear bumper with vents in the centre of the lower section.
The interior of the new 911 Dakar sees the deletion of the rear seats in favour of a roll cage. The new 911 Dakar also features some rather fancy carbon fibre bucket seats.
Thoughts About The Porsche 911 Dakar
The Porsche 911 Dakar shows that the German sportscar manufacturer definitely has a sense of humour. As is the case with other limited-run Porsches, we expect all 2,500 to be snapped up soon, if it hasn't already happened already.