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May 6, 2024

Porsche 911 Dakar Arrives In Manila

After its global unveil in November 2022, the first unit of the limited-edition Porsche 911 Dakar has just arrived in the Philippines. The all-terrain sportscar, borne as an homage to Porsche’s overall factory in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, comes decked in the optionally Rallye Design Package and has been sold for a cool P 35-million.

Limited to just 2,500 examples globally, two units are confirmed to arrive in the Philippines; more if Porsche Philippines can get additional allocation.

Compared to the regular Porsche 911, the 911 Dakar has been raised 50 mm higher. The standard lift system can raise them 30 mm higher giving the same ground clearance and ramp angle as a convential SUV. The ‘high level’ setting is available at speeds of up to 170 km/h. Complementing the 911 Dakar’s sporty off-road attributes are Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tires—245/45ZR19 at the front and 295/40ZR20 at the back. The chunky tread pattern is nine millimeters deep and its reinforced sidewalls and two carcass plies make it highly cut-resistant.

Additional characteristic features of the 911 Dakar include a fixed lightweight rear spoiler made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The same goes for the front luggage compartment lid with striking air outlets taken from the 911 GT3. There are also standard off-road details such as the red aluminum towing lugs at the front and back, the widened wheel wells and sills, and the stainless steel protective elements on the front, rear, and side sills. The side air intakes on the redesigned front end are also protected against flying rocks by stainless steel grilles.

The roof features a visible 12-volt power outlet for the headlights of the optional roof rack. With a capacity of 42 kilograms, the rack can accommodate rallying equipment such as fuel and water canisters, folding shovels, and traction boards without any problems. A roof tent is also available for the 911 Dakar.

Powering the 911 Dakar is a 3.0-liter bi-turbo flat-6 putting out 480 horsepower and 570 Nm. It sprints to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, and due to its all-terrain tires, its top speed is limited to 240 km/h. As standard, the engine comes with an 8-speed PDK (dual clutch) and Porsche all-wheel drive. The standard equipment also includes rear-axle steering, the engine mounts from the 911 GT3, and PDCC anti-roll stabilization.

In the interior, the 911 Dakar comes with standard full bucket seats and the omission of the rear seats. Lightweight glass and a lightweight battery reduce its weight further, enabling the Porsche 911 Dakar to weigh in at just 1,605 kilograms—a mere 10 kilograms heavier than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with PDK. The interior is covered in Race-Tex surfaces with decorative stitching in Shade Green, which is also exclusively available as a metallic exterior finish for the 911 Dakar. The Rallye Sport Package with a roll-over bar, six-point seat belts, and fire extinguisher is optional.

Speaking of the Rallye Design Package, the first unit that arrived locally carries this. Created by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, it has a two-tone paint finish in White and Enzian Blue Metallic. This is the first time that Porsche has implemented the combination of bi-color paint and decorative foiling in series production. On the side of the vehicle, the customer can choose an individual race number between 0 and 999. In addition to the rally stripes in red and gold, the 911 Dakar with Rallye Design Package, whose appearance is based on the winning vehicle of the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally, also bears the “Roughroads” lettering on the doors. The white-painted rims and the red taillight strip, in contrast to the standard vehicle, round off the distinctive appearance. Further highlights can be found in the interior: Extended Race-Tex and leather surrounds as well as seat belts and accents in Sharkblue.

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