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May 3, 2024

Porsche 911 Dakar Set For May 5 Launch

Porsche Philippines is gearing up to introduce a remarkable variant of the legendary 911: the all-new 911 Dakar. Set to be unveiled on May 5 at the Porsche Philippines Showroom, PGA Cars Center in Global City, this model marks a significant milestone as the first two-door sports car with exceptional off-road capabilities.

Named in honor of Porsche’s historic triumph in the Paris-Dakar rally, the 911 Dakar pays homage to the brand’s victory in 1984, achieved with a modified Porsche 911 equipped with an innovative all-wheel-drive system.

The development of the 911 Dakar involved rigorous testing, with the engineering team, led by General Project Manager Achim Lamparter, conducting thorough evaluations across various terrains worldwide. With over half a million kilometers covered, including more than 10,000 kilometers off-road, the testing phase was exhaustive. Locations such as the Château de Lastours test track in southern France provided the perfect setting to assess the car’s performance on rally courses and fine-tune its suspension.

Renowned Porsche works driver Romain Dumas praised the 911 Dakar’s spirited off-road capabilities, highlighting its ability to handle challenging terrains with ease, including jumps and sweeping drifts. The robust design and increased ground clearance ensured exceptional stability and control even in demanding conditions.

Two-time world rally champion Walter Röhrl tested the 911 Dakar in the icy landscapes of Arjeplog, Sweden, praising its precise handling and impressive performance on compacted snow surfaces. Similarly, Porsche brand ambassador Jörg Bergmeister lauded the vehicle’s driving dynamics on both loose surfaces and asphalt, emphasizing its remarkable resemblance to the iconic Porsche 911.

Frank Moser, Vice President Model Line 911/718, lauded the 911 Dakar’s performance in desert environments, where its lightweight construction, powerful engine, and short wheelbase combined to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. Development driver Lars Kern echoed these sentiments, expressing satisfaction with the car’s handling and traction on various surfaces, including gravel and asphalt.

The Philippine launch of the Porsche 911 Dakar promises enthusiasts an unforgettable driving experience that combines the legendary performance of the 911 with unparalleled off-road capabilities.

For more information, contact Porsche Philippines at +63 917 853 2835.

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