Staff, 2022-11-16 21:00:00,
► New Porsche 911 Dakar unveiled in LA
► A higher-riding, off-road 911 special
► On sale now, UK prices from £173k
Porsche is the past master of spinning derivatives from its evergreen 911 range – and now there’s a new option for those of an outward-bound persuasion: the 2023 Porsche 911 Dakar, freshly unveiled atthe Los Angeles auto show.
It’s a simple concept: take one Porsche 992, fit the familiar twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six sending 473bhp to all four wheels, pump up the ride height, fit seriously tough off-road tyres and give it a sturdy rally-raid makeover so it lives up to the Dakar name.
That badge nods to Porsche’s impeccable pedigree in the Paris-Dakar rally; it won the 1984 race with the specially modified 911 Carrera 4×4 dubbed 953 – a project that led directly to the all-conquering 959 techfest supercar.
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Stuttgart describes the Dakar as ‘the first two-door sports car to offer outstanding off-road capabilities.’ With the ability to launch from 0-62mph in 3.4 second and drive across the desert, that’s no mean feat – yet the all-terrain 911 is not alone; in-house cousin Lamborghini is also preparing the Huracan Sterrato, another multi-purpose muddy supercar first shown as a concept car in 2019 and now nearing production. It will be unveiled a fortnight after the Porsche.
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