It took three and a half years to develop the off-road 911 Dakar, the soul of which resides in its chassis. Lift system increases the maximum ground clearance to 191 millimeters, which is eight centimeters more than that of the sports suspension of the 911 Carrera. The whole thing is designed for up to 170 km/h and all the more robust thanks to the stainless steel-reinforced front and rear, the side skirts, the red towing lugs of forged aluminum, the protected transverse links, and the specific suspension struts.
Five driving modes are available to choose from, including the new rear-oriented Rally mode for playful drifting on gravel as well as the Off-road mode for maximum traction on sand and uphill tracks. All-terrain tires come as standard and provide the necessary traction even when conditions are unfavorable, whilst a specially applied Rallye Launch Control guarantees fast acceleration on gravel.
Some of the 2,500 vehicles in the limited edition will come with the Rallye Design Package. The look pays homage to the Porsche 953, winner of the 1984 Paris–Dakar Rally, and its successor, the 959, both of which featured the famous Rothmans paintwork. Golden and red decals adorn the white and blue two-tone paintwork. An optional roof rack with LED light bar for folding spade, water and petrol tanks, sand ladders, and especially robust gear is available through Porsche Tequipment.
Jörg Bergmeister doesn’t need this equipment in his 911 on Nürburgring. The Porsche pilot completes the 20.8 kilometers of Nordschleife in six minutes and 49.328 seconds, an extraordinary time for a series production car, the new GT3 RS. In addition to its 386 kW (525 PS, 911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption* combined (WLTP) 13.4 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions* combined (WLTP) 305 g/km) high-rev naturally aspirated engine and intelligent lightweight design, it’s also the cooling and aerodynamic concept, in particular, that transfers pure racing technology to the road. Rather than a trunk, the 911 GT3 RS features a central radiator at the front, which reduces the weight and creates space for the installation of side wing modules.
Correspondingly, the rear features the largest rear wing of all Porsche GT road vehicles to date, which is infinitely adjusted in accordance with the flaps at the front for downforce on a par with that of a thoroughbred racing car. With the GT3 RS, Porsche has also implemented its first-ever drag reduction system (DRS). As in Formula 1, the driver can flatten the wing at the touch of a button to achieve maximum speeds on straight stretches.
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