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The New Porsche 911 Dakar Can Climb A Volcano

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After teasing us a week ago, Porsche has officially unwrapped the limited-edition 911 Dakar at the Los Angeles motor show yesterday.   

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Limited to just 2,500 units, the 911 Dakar is a heavily reworked version of the road-going and sophisticated flagship coupé, the 911.

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Buffed-up exteriors, with widened wheel arches, protective steel plates at the front, rear and sides and a towing lug at the centre give the 911 Dakar proper go-anywhere sports car with 4x4 credentials.

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You’ll also notice a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic rear spoiler, roof rack (optional) and GT3-inspired boot lid.   

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The obvious homage through the iconic dual-tone white-blue paint scheme with red and gold stripes here is to its 1984 Paris-Dakar rally winner, 911 Safari.  

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Being an off-road rally car, interiors are rather 'basic' and include bucket seats at the front, six-point seat harness, optional roll-over bar and fire extinguisher. 

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Porsche has raised the 911 Dakar’s ground clearance by 50mm (can be raised by a further 30mm) compared to the 911 Carrera S. Grip here is provided by purpose-built Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tyres.

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The intention here is to go fast. How fast? Porsche claims its reworked suspension is “not designed merely for driving over obstacles at low speed” but can be used up to a speed of 170kmph for more “ambitious off-road adventures.”

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The 911 Dakar was tested extensively through multiple different terrains, including snow, sand, muck and even a volcano!  

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Powering the limited-edition model is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six motor, which makes 486.6PS of power and 570Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed PDK automatic gearbox. It can dp 0-100kmph in just 3.4 seconds!  

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Along with rear-wheel steering, the car also gets active roll control and two new driving modes – Rally and Off-road, with both offering Porsche’s Rally Launch Control function, which essentially maximises acceleration on loose terrain.  

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