However, the name Dakar was not the first choice. When development began in 2012, Porsche had a completely different name in mind for the off-road racer: “trip“. For legal reasons, however, Porsche was not allowed to use the name.
But finding that was not an easy task. After all, as part of a popular convention, the name “Dakar” is named after the capital of Senegal. And as it turned out, before using the name, Porsche needed permission from the organizer of the rally, the Amaury Sports Corporation – which eventually gave permission.
However, the off-road version of the 911 will remain something very special. Dakar production has reached 2500 copies. Another obstacle for Dakar buyers is the price. Because at 222,020 euros, the all-terrain Porsche is very close to the lower power of the 911 GT3 RS (from 230,000 euros).
If you want to take the Dakar to the next level conceptually and technically with the public design package shown here (two-color painting in white/blue, roll bar, fire extinguisher, six-point seat belt), an additional 26,061 euros will be. charged. As an option, Porsche offers, among other things, a roof rack with LED light strip, mud flaps and extended underbody protection.
In fact, the off-road 911 looks different from the regular road 911. We will come to the technical aspects such as the chassis and tires later and start with the appearance of the Dakar, which is also very functional. The front and rear aprons are reinforced with lower protection plates made of stainless steel, and the manufacturers have also installed air intakes on the front apron and special metal protective grilles so that the cooler behind them is better protected against stone chips.
Active aerial parts have been removed. And Porsche fans will immediately recognize the front hood of the Dakar as a part of the GT3 – the two air vents will reveal a lightweight part made of carbon.
The first thing that catches the eye when it comes to the chassis is the raised body of the 911. Compared to the 911 Carrera, the engineers jumped Dakar by five centimeters. If you turn on the standard built-in lifting function (up to 170 km / h) on all four suspensions, then there is three centimeters more air in the wheelhouse. Overall, the Dakar 911 has a ground clearance of up to 19 cm.
The cornering angle of the Dakar is 16.1 degrees at the front and 18.2 degrees at the rear. The ideal off-road ramp angle is 19 degrees. Who would have thought that these values would be mentioned in the 911?
With a tread depth of nine millimeters and double layer walls, the Pirellis should be particularly resistant and have good traction on loose ground. Unfortunately, also on asphalt roads, because Porsche says that the deep tires should also have good driving characteristics on the road.
Lightweight construction and rear axle steering from the 911 GT3
Rear-axle steering and column stabilization are always on the Dakar. The engine mounts from the GT3 help improve stability on loose surfaces by reducing the tendency of the engine to hunt. Also GT3 technology: lighter glazing for the rear windows and a lighter battery reduce the road weight of the 911 by a few kilograms to 1605 kg.
The interior of the Dakar also has a GT atmosphere. The premium carbon bucket seats are as much a part of the Dakar as the rear seats are. In addition, Porsche combines a lot of Racetex with regular seams in “Shadegreen” – or in the case of the Rallye Design bag, appliqués to match the exterior painting and the bar mentioned above.
New to the semi-digital instrument cluster is a rally driving mode, which gives the Dakar all-wheel drive a rear-heavy design, and an off-road mode with higher ground clearance. You can also select the rally launch control that allows the 911 Dakar to accelerate to maximum speed with the wheels sliding on loose surfaces.
Behind the 911 Dakar is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo box engine known from the 911 GTS with 480 hp and 570 Nm of torque. Power goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed PDK, so that the Dakar 911 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.5 seconds. As already mentioned, the maximum speed is limited by the tires. The Dakar is completed at a speed of 240 kilometers per hour.