Official details from Porsche are sparse, but the model appears to be based on the current 992 chassis and will likely be powered by a turbocharged flat-six. Serious modifications were made to complete rigorous testing across Dubai, France, and Sweden.
The folks in Stuttgart enlisted another driving legend to put the 911 Dakar through its paces: Walter Röhrl. On the thick ice of the frozen lakes in Arjeplog, Sweden, Röhrl slid the car and examined its traction and steering characteristics.
Romain Dumas is pictured here with a properly filthy Dakar model. Note the bolt-on fender flares.
"The 911 Dakar delivered strong performance even in the desert," says Frank Moser, vice president of the 911/718 model line. "Especially here, the 911 Dakar can make the most of its conceptual advantages—the combination of low weight, higher ground clearance, a powerful rear-mounted engine, and the short wheelbase make for an exhilarating driving experience."
"The car is incredibly fun to drive," two-time World Rally champion Walter Röhrl said. "Everything works so precisely and calmly."
Development driver Lars Kern noted the ABS has been optimized for braking on gravel, meaning it will be more lenient with wheel slip.
Temperatures went as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit during the model's testing time in the Sahara, with Porsche ensuring the model will be capable of just about any adventure.