On Wednesday, Porsche unleashed the new 2023 911 Dakar on the world. While it is absolutely a toy to be used by incredibly wealthy people. it also pays homage to wear the brand has come from. Namely: it’s rough and tumble off-road racing pedigree.
To build the 911 Dakar, Porsche took the engine out of the Carrera GTS and changed it a bit to make it work better for this off-road application. It makes 473 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That power is routed exclusively through an eight-speed PDK gearbox to an all-wheel drive system borrowed from a Carrera 4.
Porsche also added two-mode height-adjustable suspension that rides at 6.3 inches of ground clearance in standard mode, and 7.5 inches of ground clearance in high mode. With the added height and some changes underneath, the car now has an approach angle of 16.1 degrees and a breakover angle of 19 degrees. Not too shabby.
Anyway, enough with the techy stuff. Let’s get to what everyone really cares about: the beautiful pictures.
This is the good stuff.
No Roads Needed
Who doesn’t like 30+ year old movie references?
Rally, But European
This is how you spell ‘rally’ in metric.
In the Sandbox
Rich people are just like us. They play in sandboxes too.
Never Forget Your Roots
It’s always nice to see a family tree.
ROOSTER TAILS are always sick.
Drive into the Abbys
Who knows where the 911 Dakar goes?
Roof Rack Required
Think of all the Porsche branded accessories you can put here.
Off Kilter on Purpose
This photo makes me feel a bit queasy, but it’s okay.
Dirty When Parked
Someone is going to pay a detailer so much to clean this up.
A Flair for the Fender
Big fender = big happy
Running It Down
This car has somewhere to be now.
Feeing Blue (Accents)
Yo, listen up here’s a story
About a little guy
That lives in a blue world
And all day and all night
And everything he sees is just blue
Like him inside and outside
Worth the Price of a Carwash
Dirtier than any of these cars will ever be.
A Profile You Know
Familiar, yet still lovely.
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