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Porsche 911 Dakar Will Not Make Its Way To India

Porsche has confirmed that the 911 Dakar won’t be made available in India, and the carmaker claims that despite some consumer demand for the off-road-capable 911, there were no allocations. Since there had previously been numerous special edition and limited-edition versions offered in India, this is unexpected.

Porsche 911 Dakar

The Porsche 911 Dakar is a radically modified version of Porsche’s flagship coupe, the 911, and it is only produced in 2,500 pieces. It is intended to provide a quick off-road pace without significantly compromising its road-going prowess. The 911 Dakar was created as a homage to and spiritual successor to the 911 Safari, which won the 1984 Paris-Dakar rally.

The Porsche 911 Dakar has undergone thorough testing, and in 2020 it had its prototype début at the Nürburgring. The most extreme off-road vehicles are the inspiration for their unconventional look. These include the front and rear red aluminium towing lugs, greatly expanded wheel arches, and front, rear, and side sill protecting steel plates.

A carbon fibre-reinforced rear spoiler, a boot lid from the GT3, and an optional roof rack with a 12V plug for the auxiliary LED lights are some further visual elements. Porsche will only offer the 911 Dakar in the Shade Green shade, but buyers may also choose the Rally Design package, which includes a two-tone white-and-blue paint job modelled after the Dakar winner’s well-known Rothmans livery.

Porsche 911 Dakar

The Porsche 911 Dakar has bucket seats up front and foregoes the rear seats to reduce weight. Additionally, it has a fire extinguisher, six-point seat belts, and an optional roll-over bar.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine in the 911 Dakar, which produces 480 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque and is coupled to an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, is more closely related to the four-wheel-drive 911 GTS. The 911 Dakar has undergone considerable chassis and body modifications from Porsche, setting it apart from its normal brother.

The off-road-capable sports car can be elevated by an additional 30mm and sits 50mm higher off the ground than a conventional 911 Carrera S. According to Porsche, the suspension is “not meant only for driving over obstacles at low speed,” but can also be utilised for “ambitious off-road adventures” at speeds up to 170kph.

Additionally, Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tyres with 9mm-deep treads and strengthened sidewalls have been installed by Porsche on the 911 Dakar. Porsche asserts that the 911 Dakar will offer captivating on-road performance despite these off-road-oriented tyres. Additionally, Pirelli P Zero tyres will be a choice for regular on-road driving.

Porsche 911 Dakar

Rear-wheel steering, 911 GT3 engine mounts, and active roll control are all included in the 911 Dakar. Rally and Off-road are two additional new driving modes for the vehicle. While Off-road raises the suspension to its full height and distributes the power equally between the two axles, Rally concentrates most of its power on the rear axle and is designed for rough, uneven terrain. A new Rally Launch Control feature that maximises acceleration on sloping terrain is available in both modes.

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