2023 Porsche 911 Dakar is a Limited and Lifted $220k, 473-HP Rear-Engined Sportscar

 

After more than a dozen spyshots at the Nürburgring and a Top Gear-like expedition up a volcano, the Los Angeles Auto Show displays the 992 in all of its glory. A great modern reminder of the fact that not all Porsches back in the day stayed on the road.

Powertrain

 

 

There’s surprisingly a lot to cover on this high-11. It’s based on the Carrera 4 GTS coupe, which packs the 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat six that makes 473 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed PDK transmission. Not the strongest engine they have, but perhaps it’s the best one for the job. Despite the manual transmissions used in the 992s that climbed the Chilean volcano, there’s no option for it. Shame. As you would expect, it’s also all wheel drive. The drivetrain isn’t just barebones, either, but we’ll follow up on that later.

Offroad-Oriented Features

 

 

The suspension gives it a 2-inch lift by standard, but engage the Off-Road driving mode and it’ll give you an additional 1.2 inches off the ground. While in its highest setup, Porsche has the top speed limited to 168 km/h, presumably due to safety concerns. It also runs on 19 and 20-inch magnesium wheels, the 19s in the front and 20s in the back. They make use of Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tires that offer better resistance to punctures, which makes sense knowing how rougher terrain is more prone to damaging the tires. Snow and summer tires are optional. But that also means the actual top speed is limited to 241 km/h thanks to the tires.

 

 

Other than the Off-Road mode, the Rallye driving mode sends more power to the rear wheels for rallying on loose terrain. The Off-Road mode prioritizes traction on uneven grounds. The launch control has also been optimized for taking off on loose surfaces, capable of a 3.2-second 0-60 mph time. The components underneath get protection in the form of stainless steel skid plates and side protectors, with a modified front overhang to allow for higher approach angles. Widened fender flares and side skirts, debris-protecting stainless steel mesh grilles, and forged aluminum tow hooks on the front and back complete the offroad modifications.

Other Additions

 

 

Named after the Paris-Dakar rally, it only weighs 1611 kg, just 7 kilos heavier than a regular C4GTS, thanks to lightweight glass. The sporty bucket seats’ backs are not adjustable, which is why Porsche provides the option to have normal 911 seats for comfort. Oh right, there are no rear seats and there’s no option to add them back, as the adjustable (rear) suspension takes up the space. Not that you’ll need it anyway; save your passengers the cramped experience of sitting in the back.

 

 

The Dakar is a bit of a scavenger, having the cooling system of the Turbo S variant, the brakes of the Carrera S, and the carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, engine mounts from the GT3. Rear-wheel steering is standard. Porsche’s rooftop tent and a roof-mounted cargo basket with floodlights connected to a 12-volt socket are available as accessories. 

 

 

It’s available for a staggering $223,450, and only 2500 examples will be built throughout one year (though we bet it’ll be sold out within the week). As seen in most promotional images, the marque throws in an optional “Rallye Design” package, which gives the car a livery inspired by the original Rothmans-sponsored (cleverly altered as Roughroads to avoid licensing and cough tobacco advertising in motorsport cough) winning 911 SC/RS of the 1984 Dakar Rally. The numbers on the side can be set from 1 to 999, and we’re sure 911 and 176 will be the most requested of numbers. It also has Fuchs-inspired five spoke wheels in white. Black leather seats and Shark Blue seatbelts liven up the interior, along with Ceramica trims. But it costs $28,470. Not satisfied? There’s a boatload of other options in its own configurator that inflates the price to over $270,000 if you want everything. Oh, right. It also has its own wristwatch, dubbed the Chronograph 1, exclusive to 911 Dakar owners.

 

 

This won’t be the only modern supercar with an offroad special edition; we’ll have to remind you that the Sterrato is inbound too. That said, the official images picturing a new 911 taking on the dirt and sand is always pleasing, though we doubt any of its owners will let theirs touch anything but the polished floors of their garages. Sigh.

 

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p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Porsche and Porsche Design)

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