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The Porsche 911 Dakar is made for sand, gravel and snow

This two-door, off-road beast will debut at the LA Auto Show

The 911 Dakar easily handled dunes 50m high in temperatures up to 45°C. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE

One normally wouldn’t think of a modern Porsche 911 as an off-road machine, but the German automaker has proven us wrong with the 911 Dakar. The car was named after the historic Paris-Dakar Rally, which Porsche won in 1984 with a modified 911.

The higher ground clearance of the 911 Dakar lets it tackle any surface. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE

The 911 Dakar has undergone extensive testing as Porsche didn’t just limit itself to home soil in Weissach. The vehicle was tested around the world in all sorts of conditions, clocking in more than half a million kilometers with more than 10,000km off-road.

Aside from the Châteaux de Lastours testing grounds for rally cars, the 911 Dakar also hit the sand dunes of Dubai and Morocco, and frozen lakes in Arjeplog, Sweden.

The thick ice of a frozen lake is a more realistic testing ground than pure sheet ice. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE

The car impressed a variety of drivers including endurance racing champion Romain Dumas and two-time world rally champion Walter Röhrl.

“I knew what a 911 could do on the road,” said Dumas. “But I was absolutely stunned by how well the car performed here on the loose.”

“The car is incredibly fun to drive,” said Röhrl. “Everything works so precisely and calmly. No Porsche customers will believe all the things you can do with this car before they’ve driven it themselves.”

So far, no specs have been revealed, but if you’d like to see the Porsche 911 Dakar in the metal, you can catch it at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.