Porsche and its expansion plans for the 911 range seem unstoppable as the sports car’s portfolio continues to grow over the years. Admittedly, the Dakar is not a long-running success, because the Zuffenhausen-based company only builds 2,500 units. The rear-engined machine was designed for light off-road driving and was caught during recent testing in Northern Europe. Since the reveal took place in November 2022, the camouflage is now completely gone.
Porsche wanted to show the lifted 911 with one two-tone painting that lasts 34 hours and is part of the $28,470 Rallye design package that adds a few other gems. In addition, the German automaker has prepared historic liveries for its adventurous sports car, including a Martini Graduation for $7,510. If that’s too much for you, this test vehicle keeps it simple with a sleek silver body and black plastic trim around the wheel arches.
While a base 911 Dakar will retail in the United States starting at $223,450, check every box on the options list and you’ll see more than $270,000. Regardless of the equipment, they all have the heart of a Carrera 4 GTS. That means a 3.0-liter twin-turbo boxer engine with 473 hp (353 kW) is delivered to both axles. It rides on bespoke Pirelli Scorpion off-road tires and has raised suspension (+2 inches). There’s also a lift system that works at speeds of up to 169 km/h and adds another 1.2 inches for extra ground clearance.
The 911 Dakar has more to offer than just its lift kit Porsche features embedded off-road and rally driving modes, GT3-related engine mounts and CFRP hood, as well as rally launch control and rear-wheel steering. A roof tent and a luggage basket with a carrying capacity of 42 kg are included as accessories.
Should the 911 Dakar prove to be a commercial success, Porsche says it willSUV Models with lift kits and off-road oriented upgrades.