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ROUGH MOTORIST: PORSCHE 911 DAKAR

Text Marko Knab
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Photos Porsche
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01/12/2022
Ferry Porsche once knew: "The 911 is the only car you can drive from an African safari to Le Mans, then to the theatre and then to the streets of New York." With the 911 Dakar, limited to 2,500 units, Porsche renews this old promise. We take a look at its most important details - and the three official posters designed by ramp.

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The chassis: All respect – or rather 80 millimetres. This 911 has exactly this ground clearance on request. And in terms of off-road capability, it is on a par with classic SUVs. As standard, the car has 50 millimetres more ground clearance than the 911 Carrera with sports suspension, but can also be raised by a further three centimetres. The Rally and Offroad driving modes, which are also available, are combined with specially developed off-road tyres from Pirelli. So you get there. Whether in Africa or in front of the theatre.

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The drive: As usual, the 911 Dakar relies on a six-cylinder boxer engine. The latter is ventilated by a biturbo and produces 480 hp, which is delivered to all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK. In addition, it also has rear-axle steering – and the engine mounts also familiar from the GT3. We summarise: Only the best for off-road fun. Or on the Nordschleife. Anyone who thinks that the Dakar is too high and too cumbersome anyway: at 1,605 kilograms, it weighs only ten kilograms more than a 911 Carrera 4 GTS. So much – or little – for that then.

The roof rack: We know that the 911 has always been practical. For a sports car, of course. If you want as much space as possible, you buy a van. Or now the Dakar: without a rear seat, but with the optional roof rack and roof tent, “utility” is taken to the extreme. Literally. Either you put yourself up on the roof during the road trip – or you load up all the things you need for it. Additional headlights on the basket? They’re integrated, too, of course. So the views are dazzling.

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The style: Porsche takes us back to 1984. And no, we’re not talking about George Orwell’s dystopia here, but about the unmistakable style of perhaps the best decade of all – the eighties. Based on the iconic Rothmans livery of the 953, Porsche also offers customers the Rally Design Package. The 953 was the first 911 with all-wheel drive to win the Dakar. The Rally Sport Package with roll-over bar, six-point seat belts and fire extinguisher is also available as an option. We’ll be off at this point – enjoying boxer-roll and synth-pop in the sand.

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The posters: But there is one more thing. More precisely: the new limited-edition poster set that ramp space magazine has developed together with Porsche. It shows the 911 Dakar in its element while dune surfing. The powerful motifs, the high-quality print and the exclusive finishing of the posters make the 911 Dakar fascinating right away, even off the track.

Source: https://ramp.space/post/grob-motoriker-porsche-911-dakar

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