The exclusive model, limited to 2,500 examples, not only shows that there are virtually no limits to the concept of the Porsche 911. It also evokes Porsche’s first overall victory in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, which simultaneously was the birth of the all-wheel-drive Porsche 911. That’s why the new 911 Dakar is also offered with an optional Rallye Design package, reminiscent of this winning iconic car.
The first striking detail of the Porsche 911 Dakar is its ground clearance, which is 50 millimeters higher than that of a 911 Carrera with sports suspension. And the standard lift system can raise the front and rear ends an additional 30 millimeters. Its ground clearance and ramp angle rival those of conventional SUVs. The lifting system is not only used to slowly overcome obstacles, but is an integral part of the re-tuned chassis. The “high level” setting is available for ambitious off-road adventures at speeds of up to 170 km/h. Above this speed, the car automatically descends to its normal level.
Rounding out the car’s sporty off-road attributes are specially developed Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires (dimensions 245/45 ZR 19 at the front and 295/40 ZR 20 at the rear). The chunky tread pattern is nine millimeters deep, and the reinforced sidewalls and threads consist of two carcass plies. All this makes the tires of the Porsche 911 Dakar ideal even for difficult terrain and they are very resistant to cuts. Pirelli P Zero summer and winter tires are available as an option, also with two carcass plies. But off-road tires are standard and also provide sports car dynamics on the road.
Dominant power on all surfaces
The three-liter biturbo six-cylinder with 480 hp (353 kW, 911 Dakar: fuel consumption* in the combined cycle (WLTP) 11.3 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions* in the combined cycle (WLTP) 256 g/km, combined cycle fuel consumption* (NEDC) 10.5 l/100 km, combined CO₂* emissions (NEDC) 239 g/km) and a maximum torque of 570 Newton meters deliver superior performance with a convincing boxer sound. The new sports car sprints to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds; thanks to the all-terrain tires, the maximum speed is limited to 240 km/h.
As standard, the engine is equipped with an eight-speed PDK and Porsche all-wheel drive. Standard equipment also includes the steered rear axle, engine mounts from the 911 GT3 and PDCC roll stabilization. The interplay of all components makes the 911 Dakar as dynamic on sand and loose surfaces as it is on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring. Maximum off-road performance is also ensured by two new driving modes, which can be selected using the rotary switch on the steering wheel. Rally mode is ideal for loose, uneven surfaces and features rear-focused all-wheel drive. In Offroad mode, high clearance is activated automatically. This mode is designed for maximum traction in rough terrain and sand. Both new drive modes also feature the new Rallye Launch Control, which provides impressive acceleration on loose surfaces and allows wheelspin of around 20%.
Optionally with roof basket or roof tent as well as Porsche Design chronograph
Other features of the 911 Dakar include the new lightweight, fixed CFRP rear spoiler and CFRP front luggage compartment lid with striking air outlets borrowed from the 911 GT3. There are also standard off-road details such as red aluminum towing lugs front and rear, widened wheel arches and sills and stainless steel protection elements on the front, rear sills and lateral. The side air inlets of the redesigned front end are also protected against flying stones by stainless steel grilles.
The roof of the Porsche 911 Dakar has a visible 12 volt power socket for the optional roof rack headlights. With a capacity of 42 kilograms, the rack can easily accommodate rally equipment such as fuel and water canisters, folding shovels and traction boards. A roof tent is also available for the 911 Dakar.
Inside, the 911 Dakar displays its sporting ambitions with full bucket seats as standard and the removal of the rear seats. Lightweight glass and a lightweight battery further reduce its weight, allowing the Porsche 911 Dakar to weigh just 1,605kg, just 10kg heavier than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with PDK.
A defining feature of the Dakar interior is the standard Race-Tex surfaces with decorative stitching in Shade Green, which is also exclusively available as a metallic exterior finish for the 911 Dakar. The Rallye Sport package with roll bar, six-point seat belts and fire extinguisher is optional.
Rally Design Pack with styling that echoes that of the 1984 Paris-Dakar winning rally car
At the heart of the optional Rallye Design package from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur is a two-tone paint finish in white/gentian blue metallic. This is the first time that Porsche has implemented the combination of two-tone paint and decorative foil in series production. On the side of the vehicle, the customer can choose an individual race number between 0 and 999.
In addition to the rally stripes in red and gold, the 911 Dakar with Rally Design Pack, whose appearance is based on the winning vehicle of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, also features “Roughroads” lettering on the doors. The term is a registered trademark and reflects the concept of the 911 Dakar and its suitability for off-road driving. The white painted rims and the red taillight strip, unlike the standard vehicle, complete the distinctive look. Further highlights can be found in the interior: Extended Race-Tex and leather surrounds as well as seat belts and accents in Sharkblue.
Porsche Design Chronograph
911 Dakar customers can exclusively order the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 ‒ 911 Dakar or the Chronograph 1 ‒ 911 Dakar Rallye Design Edition to match the vehicle. For the first time, the case is made of particularly scratch-resistant and lightweight titanium carbide.