Porsche has taken the covers off its new 911 Dakar at the Los Angeles motor show. The 911 Dakar is an intensely modified variant of the company’s flagship coupe, the 911, and is designed to offer a quick off-road pace with minimal compromise to its abilities on the road. Porsche has fabricated the 911 Dakar as a recognition as well as a spiritual successor to its 1984 Paris-Dakar rally champ, the 911 Safari.
- 911 Dakar will be a limited edition model, with only 2500 units being made.
- Gets two new drive modes: Rally and Sport
- Shares the 911 GTS’ 3.0-litre, twin-turbo flat-six engine
Porsche 911 Dakar: Exterior and Interior
The 911 Dakar has gone through an extensive improvement process, having made its presentation in prototype form at the Nürburgring over quite a while back. It includes an extreme exterior that is displayed on the most extreme off road vehicles available. These incorporate the red aluminum towing hauls at the front and the back, the essentially broadened wheel arches, and the protective steel plates for the front, back and side sills.
Other exterior features incorporate the carbon fiber-built up plastic back spoiler, a boot lid lifted from the lightweight GT3 and the optional rooftop rack that has a 12V outlet for the LED lights. Porsche will offer the 911 Dakar with an exclusive Shade Green color scheme however clients can likewise choose the optional Rally Design Package, which brings a distinctive two-tone white-blue paint scheme with red and gold stripes, modelled on the Dakar winner’s famous Rothmans livery.
Within, the 911 Dakar skips the back seats to keep things lightweight and accompanies bucket seats at the front, along with an optional roll-over bar, six-point seat belts and a fire extinguisher.
Powertrain and Chassis
The off-road ready sportscar sits 50mm higher off the ground than a 911 Carrera S and can be raised by another 30mm, further helping ground freedom and increasing its approach and departure angles. Porsche claims that the suspension is “not planned only for rolling over snags at low speed” however can be utilized at paces of up to 170kph for “ambitious off-road adventures”.
The 911 Dakar is most firmly connected with the four-wheel-drive Porsche 911 GTS and shares the last’s 480hp, 570Nm, 3.0-liter twin-super level six engine with a 8-speed double clutch automatic gearbox. This permits the 911 Dakar to run from 0-100kph in 3.4sec. Porsche has made significant modification to the chassis and body of the 911 Dakar, making it completely different from its standard sibling.
Porsche Future plans
Porsche is at present dealing with an all-electric SUV that will sit over the Cayenne and take on EV SUVs like the BMW iX. The new electric SUV will be based on Volkswagen Group’s Scalable Systems Platform (SSP), like the third-gen Panamera. he company is aiming for pure-EVs to account for 50 percent of its global sales in 2025 and 80 percent in 2030, yet to confirm launch dates for pure-electric equivalents to the 911 sportscar and Cayenne SUV.