Two of the biggest trends in the premium automotive world – the proliferation of SUVs and high-value limited editions – collide here to create one of the most unusual Porsche 911s yet seen.
Inspired by the Rothmans-liveried 953 that won the Paris-Dakar in 1984, it’s the first 911 offered with off-road driving in mind.
A coupé designed to leave the asphalt would seem an oxymoron without the link to rallying, and Porsche does it here without ambiguity by offering this 911 with an optional Dakar-inspired livery.
However, the skid plates and chunky five-spoke wheels of the Porsche 911 Dakar make it a consistent head-turner.
Those wheels aren’t just for show: they wear knobbly all-terrain tyres that combine with the modified suspension to give an extra 50mm of ground clearance – or 80mm via the press of a button (rising from 161mm to 191mm).
Beyond that, and a few tweaks, it is basically a Carrera 4 GTS, which means a 473bhp turbocharged flat-six and all-wheel drive.