Premiere of the Porsche 911 Dakar

It is a tribute to Porsche’s first overall victory in the Paris-Dakar rally.

It is an off-road Porsche that can handle “ambitious off-road driving” at 170 km/h.

It is the new Porsche 911 Dakar – which is only produced in 2,500 copies and costs just over SEK 2.5 million.

The year was 1984 when Porsche took its first overall victory in the Paris-Dakar rally. It was also the first time that a 911 got four-wheel drive.

Turn the clock forward 38 years and switch continents in favor of a car show during the Los Angeles Auto Show and we are at an exclusive homage to this feat. For the night of Thursday, Swedish time, the off-road monster Porsche 911 Dakar was presented, which gives a new echo to the classic winning car.

Top speed: 240 km/h

What should first be raised to the surface is precisely the ground clearance. It is 50 mm higher in the Porsche 911 Dakar than in the 911 Carrera with sports chassis. It can then be lifted a further 30 mm with the air system. And there are no low speeds that are promised in the terrain. According to Porsche, the 911 Dakar can be used for “ambitious off-road driving” at up to 170 km/h. If you drive faster than that, the car is automatically lowered to its normal height.

The car has specially manufactured tires from Pirelli (Scorpion All Terrain Plus) which, with their 9 mm tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls, should be able to withstand considerable resistance. However, the top speed is limited to 240 km/h due to the tires in particular.

480 horsepower

According to Porsche, this all-terrain vehicle is as dynamic on sand as it is on the asphalt of the Nürburgring. This is made possible, among other things, by the fact that the engine is connected to an eight-speed PDK box and the four-wheel drive system. The standard equipment also consists of an active anti-roll system (PDCC), rear axle steering and engine mounts from the 911 GT3.

Two new driving settings are available in the car. “Rallye” is optimized for loose and uneven surfaces where a greater part of the power is distributed to the rear wheels. “Offroad” is designed for maximum grip in difficult terrain and the ground clearance increases here automatically.

Made for rallying

Still, there is everything required to compete in a rally with the 911 Dakar. At least with the option aptly named “Rally design package”.

The roof rack can carry 42 kilos. Friction boards, folding shovels, water cans and other equipment for the rally can be loaded there. As an option, there is also a 12-volt power outlet for spotlights on the roof and a roof tent.

In total, the weight comes to 1,605 kilograms, which for reference is ten kilograms more than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS. This has been made possible thanks to lightweight glass, lightweight battery and not least the absence of a rear seat. Fuel consumption in mixed driving is 11.3 l/100 km and CO2 emissions in mixed driving are 256 g/km, according to WLTP.

Still, it’s a cool car Porsche has produced. But it is truly exclusive and not very cheap.

The Porsche 911 Dakar will only be produced in 2,500 copies. From today it can be ordered and the Swedish prices start at SEK 2,480,000. That option that was mentioned before, the Rally Design Package, then costs another roughly 230,000 riksdaler.

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