Ending years of rumors and hypothesis, Porsche has confirmed the primary series-produced off-road-focused variant of the 911 is across the nook. Developed as a tribute to classic rally automobiles, the 911 Dakar will make its debut throughout the 2022 version of the Los Angeles auto present.
Porsche lately despatched a pair of heavily-modified 911s to climb a volcano in Chile; this isn’t that, and the 2 initiatives are unrelated. As an alternative, the Dakar receives a lifted suspension system and several other model-specific styling cues like wheel arch flares. The automobiles depicted within the agency’s preview photographs are lined in camouflage, so we’ll want to attend till the veil comes off within the Metropolis of Angels to see the Dakar within the steel.
Within the meantime, the German firm make clear the way it created a 911 that may be pushed throughout a desert. Its engineers tortured the Dakar off the pavement for over 6,000 miles. They took it to the French observe that rally groups used to check their race automobiles, to frozen lakes positioned in Sweden close to the Arctic Circle, and to scorching deserts in Morocco in addition to close to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates. Rally champion Walter Röhrl and Porsche works driver Romain Dumas had been among the many pilots that helped put the Dakar by means of its paces.
“No Porsche buyer will imagine all of the issues you are able to do with this automotive earlier than they’ve pushed it themselves,” Röhrl concluded.
Extra particulars in regards to the Porsche 911 Dakar ought to emerge within the coming days, and its debut is scheduled for the night of Nov. 16, 2022 (4:00 AM CET on Nov. 17).
Extra credible than you would possibly assume
Until you are a dyed-in-the-wool Porsche fan, “WTF?” in all probability popped up within the textual content field above your noggin after you scrolled by means of the gallery. The thought of letting a 911 free within the desert would possibly initially sound fascinating however flawed, that is what the Cayenne is for, nevertheless it’s actually not unprecedented. Porsche constructed a number of 911-based rally automobiles within the Eighties and one took first place within the 1984 version of the grueling Paris-Dakar. The coupe’s record of modifications was just like the Dakar’s: known as 953 internally, it rode on a lifted suspension system and featured four-wheel-drive. In hindsight, the teachings realized from the 953 challenge permeated the 959 supercar, which received the 1986 Paris-Dakar.