We just posted about the Porsche 911 Dakar and now we have an update. Actually, we were late on that one. But hey, we are just in time for its official debut at the LA Auto Show. So it’s not that bad, right? Anyhoo, we have more details on the off-road Porsche 911.
As it turns out, the Porsche 911 Dakar is available to buy, though limited to just 2,500 units worldwide. The Porsche 911 Dakar is powered by a 3.0L Biturbo six-cylinder with 480 PS (473 HP) and max torque of 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) and mated to an eight-speed PDK and Porsche all-wheel-drive.
When not lifted to its max, it has a top that is limited to 240 km/h (149 mph) due to the all-terrain tires which are Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires (sized 245/45 ZR 19 at the front and 295/40 ZR 20 at the rear).
Speaking of lifted, the ground clearance of the Porsche 911 Dakar is increased by 80 mm (about 3.1 inches) with lift-function chassis. 0-100 (0-62 mph) timing is 3.4 seconds.
When not lifted all the way, it is 50 mm (2 inches) higher than that of a 911 Carrera with sports suspension. The standard life system can raise the front and rear ends an additional 30 mm (1.2 inches).
Here’s where things get interesting with this lifted, off-road happy Porsche 911. At the ‘high level’ setting, it can go as fast as 170 km/h (106 mph). If it goes beyond that limit, the car will automatically lower back to its normal level. You know, for safety.
Rear-axle steering comes standard for the Porsche 911 Dakar, so are engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and PDCC anti-roll stabilization.
On the inside, it has standard Race-Tex surfaces and a pair of standard full bucket seats but there are no rear seats.
The car is available optionally with a roof basket including additional headlights and off-road accessories, and an optional Rallye Design Package that echos the look of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally winning car. In case you are interested in the weight, it is 1,605 kilograms or about 3,538 pounds.
If anyone’s down, the exclusive Porsche 911 Dakar is available to order now with a starting price of US$222,000.
All images courtesy of Porsche.