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Porsche 911 Dakar, the 911 of the dunes


The new 911 Dakar with its victorious eldest in 1984 of the event created by Thierry Sabine. koslowskiphoto 2022

NEW – The manufacturer revives the memory of its first victory at Paris-Dakar in 1984 with a limited edition of its 911 cut for large spaces.

Those who know a little about the history of the reference of sports cars which is about to blow out its sixty candles, know that this famous elevated version of the 911 – baptized simply “Dakar” – that Porsche has just presented to the he occasion of the Los Angeles show is not an incongruity.

Over a career spanning almost six decades, the 911 has repeatedly had the opportunity to prove its incredible versatility. After having brilliantly taken up the challenge of snowy events such as the Monte-Carlo rally, the 911 set off for Africa in the early 1970s.

The Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS entered in the East African Safari in 1974. Porsche

The German manufacturer has been developing cars over the years to take part in the East African Safari, later renamed Safari Rally. Under the impetus of Belgian driver Jacky Ickx, Porsche then took up the Paris-Dakar challenge with 911 Carreras modified from 1984 and then with 959s. Porsche’s participation in the premier rally-raid event resulted in two victories, in 1984 and 1986.

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The 911 SC entered in the Safari Rally in 1978. Porsche

Today, there is no question of returning to rally-raid but simply of maintaining the fascination exerted by the 911 with a raised version that revives the memory of this exceptional period that those under forty did not have. could know. Emotion sequence: the new Porsche 911 Dakar will be able to receive an optional decoration evoking the car that René Metge drove to victory in 1984 on Lac Rose.

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Unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the 911 Dakar is distinguished at first glance by its ground clearance raised by 50 mm compared to a 911 Carrera with sports chassis. The specific standard lifting system also makes it possible to raise the front and the rear of the car by an additional 30 mm, which makes it possible to benefit from ground clearance and a ventral angle equivalent to those of a Classic SUV. This is how this model can overcome obstacles at low speed but also at higher speeds. The “high” level is available up to a speed of 170 km/h. Passed this course, the ground clearance lowers to resume its normal configuration. Experts from the Weissach technical center admit that the 911 Dakar, thanks in particular to a contained mass, displays better crossing capabilities in sand in particular. These performances would not have been possible without tires adapted and specially developed by Pirelli. If P Zero double carcass are offered as an option, as standard, the 911 Dakar is fitted with Scorpion All Terrain Plus tires with a deep tread (9 mm) and reinforced sidewalls. These casings have been developed to be equally at home on asphalt. Nevertheless, this equipment imposes to limit the top speed to 240 km/h. Another specificity of this special model developed by the Exclusiv Manufaktur department: the rear spoiler made of plastic reinforced with carbon fibers is fixed.

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Under the rear bonnet, the 911 Dakar hosts a new evolution of the biturbo 3-litre six-cylinder boxer delivering 480 horsepower and 570 Nm of torque. This mechanism is associated with an 8-speed PDK gearbox and Porsche all-wheel drive. Standard equipment also includes rear-wheel steering and the PDCC active roll stabilization system. All this equipment allows the 911 Dakar to offer the same driving dynamics on sand or gravel as on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.

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Compared to a standard 911, the Dakar version is enriched with two new driving modes: the Rally mode, ideal for loose and uneven ground, and the Offroad mode, which increases the ground clearance by 80 mm and is reserved for heavy and sandy terrain. .

The 911 Dakar during the presentation at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Porsche

Porsche has obviously planned everything and even that the future privileged 2,500 who will acquire this limited edition can venture off-road and afford, why not, a night under the stars. The red aluminum towing rings at the front and rear are part of the standard equipment, as well as the underbody and side sills protected by special steel elements and the black fender flares. On the roof, the Porsche 911 Dakar has clearly visible standard electrical pre-equipment to which additional LED headlights integrated into a specific roof rack can be connected. Offering a load capacity of 42 kg, the roof rack makes it easy to carry essential rally equipment: water or petrol jerry cans, folding shovel or even sand plates. A roof tent is also available as an option for the 911 Dakar.

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The interior also benefits from a particular treatment. In addition to the absence of seats in the back, we note the presence of integral bucket seats, lightened glass glazing and an ultralight battery. This is how the 911 Dakar weighs barely 10 kilos more (1,605 kilos) than the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with PDK gearbox.

The driver Romain Dumas who participated in the development of the 911 Dakar in the presence of Detlev von Platen, director of sales and marketing of Porsche, and Oliver Blume, president of Porsche. Porsche

Less discreet, the Dakar decoration inspired by the colors of the tobacco company which sponsored the commitment to Paris-Dakar in the mid-1980s is invoiced at 26,280 euros. A “Martini” decoration evoking the cars entered in the Safari Rally should also be offered. As for the 911 Dakar, it is already in the catalog at a price of 226,689 euros.

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Porsche 911 “Dakar”, ready for a safari


NEW – At the Los Angeles Motor Show, Porsche will unveil an unprecedented elevated version of the 911 displaying off-road capabilities worthy of the Cayenne.

At the dawn of its sixty years, the 911 is still capable of surprising us. The German manufacturer has just developed a raised version of the 992 generation with off-road capabilities. Baptized simply “Dakar” in reference to the successes of the 911 in the Paris-Dakar event in the mid-1980s, this new model in the Porsche 911 range will come to enrich the Heritage Design special series family. If its characteristics will not be revealed until the opening of the Los Angeles show on Wednesday November 16, this new model has amazed the various drivers who took turns at the wheel to carry out the test campaign.

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At the Château-Lastours site in south-west France, where the suspension tuning was carried out, Romain Dumas said he was impressed with the car’s off-road performance. Sand, rocky terrain, mud, snow, ice: the 911 Dakar fears no coating. Former Porsche development driver, double world rally champion Walter Röhrl is not the least enthusiastic: “The car is incredibly fun to drive. No Porsche customer will believe what you can do with this car until they drive it themselves.”

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As for the engineers at the Weissach development center who have carried out more than 10,000 km of tests on terrains as varied as the deserts of Dubai or Morocco, the frozen tracks of Arjeplog, in Sweden, they affirm that the 911 Dakar supports the comparison in terms of benefits off bitumen with the Cayenne, which is not a small reference.

Definitely a limited edition, the 911 Dakar thus pays homage to the successes of the 911 in Paris-Dakar, the queen event of rally raids, but also to the participation of a modified SC version entered in the Safari Rally in 1978. We remember that Pushed by Jacky Ickx, then pillar of the brand’s commitment to endurance on the Group C 956 and 962 prototypes, Porsche had launched a program to win the Paris-Dakar. As early as 1984, the manufacturer entered three 911s for René Metge, Jacky Ickx and in-house engineer Roland Kussmaul. Metge had won the race at the wheel of this elevated 911, which borrowed many technical solutions from the Safari version. The following year, the 911s with 959 bodywork retired but took their revenge in 1986 by achieving the double. To celebrate these great adventures, the 911 Dakar will be able to receive decoration evoking either the Safari or Paris-Dakar cars.

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Porsche 911 Sport Classic, tribute to the 2.7 Carrera RS


NEW – The German manufacturer revives the memory of the famous “ducktail” 911 with an exclusive version based on the Turbo.

Purists will no doubt see a twist in history. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, certainly the most emblematic model of the 911 lineage, Porsche is releasing an anniversary version developed, not from the 911 GT3 Touring (aspirated 4-litre flat six), but from the 911 Turbo. One can imagine that this decision must have posed a matter of conscience within the offices of the manufacturer, but the honor is safe: the 1,250 copies of this limited series, available from July, abandon the generous biplane fin of the 992 Turbo to reconnect with the famous “duck tail” of its predecessor.

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Like the bonnet and the roof, it is made of carbon fiber and plastic. And as we don’t trifle with the past in Zuffenhausen, the second 911 Sport Classic, the first dating back to 2009, loses its front-wheel drive. The engineers judged that the rear wheels would be enough to pass on the bitumen the 550 hp of the flat-6 biturbo of 3.7 l deflated with 30 hp. Reviving driving sensations of yesteryear, this model is equipped with a 7-speed manual gearbox. The chassis uses the principle of the Turbo, namely PASM controlled damping including a sports chassis lowered by 10 mm.

A fabric with a houndstooth pattern

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Second opus in the series of four models of the Heritage program initiated in 2020 with a 911 Targa 4S, the Sport Classic reinterprets the design in vogue during the 1960s and 1970s. This is how the houndstooth fabric reappeared in the center of the tan leather seats. The sixties spirit also blows through the green dials, the aluminum applications on the dashboard and the Porsche Design watch offered as an option. The colors remain. The Sport Classic ignores the typical decoration of the 2.7 RS to offer two matt grays, one black and two blues. Question of time.

Technical sheet

Engine: 6 cyl. twin-turbo flatbed, 3,745 cc3550 hp, 600 Nm

Transmission: Rear-wheel drive, 7-speed manual gearbox

Dimensions: L. 4.53, w. 1.90 p.m. 1.30m

Consumption: 12.6 l/100 km

CO emissions2: 285g/km

Speed: 320 km/h

Price: €275,005

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The cream of 70s racing 911s at auction


AUCTION – Gooding & Company is dispersing Loyd Hawkins’ collection consisting mainly of racing 911s from the 1970s.

Fans of Porsche and more particularly 911 competition cars from the 1970s will not be able to remain unmoved by consulting the catalog of the Amelia Island sale organized by Gooding & Company on March 4. The American auction house, which has made the sale of exceptional and collectible automobiles its specialty, is dispersing the collection of the American Loyd Hawkins. Passionate about the German brand from Zuffenhausen, this gentleman driver, founder of the Rennsport Racing workshops, gathered over time the cream of the 911 racing cars of the 1970s. His collection consists of two 935s, the model that defended the colors of Porsche in endurance racing during the 1970s-1980s. Wearing Interscope livery, the first of the two is the penultimate example (chassis #930 990 0031) of thirty-seven customer 935s produced by the factory. It is estimated between $1.7 million and $2 million.

Porsche 935. Dynamic Photowerks LLC

The second is one of four examples delivered in 1979. With chassis number #930 990 0027, this 935 is sold in the original Vintage Racing livery of driver and collector Otis Chandler. This American took part in the 1981 24 Hours of Le Mans in a K3 version of the 935 entered by the Preston Henn Racing team. Since leaving the factory, the 935 has had four owners.

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR. Dynamic Photowerks LLC

Mr. Hawkins’ collection also includes two 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR from 1974. The first (chassis number #9110) bears the colors of the German Kremer team. The second (chassis #0085) raced in the IROC series in the United States. It is estimated between 1.1 and 1.3 million dollars. A 934/5 (chassis #0951) entered under the Brumos Racing banner completes this fine sample of racing Porsche 911s. Mr. Hawkins is parting with his road-going 911s: 1973 2.4 T, 1973 2.7 Carrera RS lightweight, 1977 911 Turbo 3-litre and 2001 996 GT2.

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The Gooding & Company vacation at Amelia Island will also see the dispersal of the late Rudy Mancinas’ collection. Nicknamed “Mr. 993”, this Texan had a passion for the Porsche 993 and the BMWs haloed by the Motorsport label. His collection comprised 18 vehicles, including 10 Porsches, mainly models belonging to the 993 generation. As for his BMW collection, it was essentially made up of M3s, of which he owned one model from each generation. The entire collection of Mr. Mancinas is sold without reserve price

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Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, unbridled grand touring


NEW – The German manufacturer is making a series of new products at lightning speed. A week after the 911 GT3 Touring, here is the GTS.

Twelve years after having landed on the planet Porsche, the GTS version has become a classic of the 911 range. Here it comes back under the envelope of the 992 generation which appeared in early 2019. It promises to be even more efficient and more dynamic than the model it replaces. In terms of power, the turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six comes close to the 911 GT3’s naturally aspirated 4-liter six-cylinder. Gaining 30 horsepower to provide 480 horsepower, it only gives 30 horsepower to the sportiest 911. The torque is 570 Nm, a gain of 20 Nm compared to the model from the 991. This engine is associated, either a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK. Ideally, 100 km / h is reached in 3.3 seconds.

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The 992 GTS accommodates a lowered chassis of 10 mm and piloted PASM suspensions. The rear axle is fitted with auxiliary springs from the 911 Turbo. From the latter, the GTS also inherits oversized braking and centrally mounted rims, 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear. For the first time, the GTS can receive a “lightweight pack” based on carbon-shell seats, lightened windows and a small battery reducing the weight by 25 kilos. This pack includes the rear steering wheels. As standard, the GTS is fitted with new-generation wraparound bucket seats while the interior ambience oozes sportiness.

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Specific to the GTS, the tachometer dial has a red belt. The GTS is available in five versions: Carrera GTS coupe and convertible, Carrera 4 GTS coupe and convertible and Targa 4 GTS. These models will be available at the end of 2021.

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Maradona’s Porsche 911 on sale


AUCTION – During its sale in early March, the Bonhams house will offer the 911 convertible which once belonged to the Argentine football legend.

Diego Maradona, who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, loved sports and prestige automobiles. Throughout his career, the Argentine champion will have possessed the most beautiful and the most powerful. After winning the World Cup in 1986 and bringing the UEFA Cup to club Napoli, the Argentine football legend can afford anything. He thus offers himself a Ferrari Testa Rossa then an F 40 when it comes out. But in the early 1990s, Maradona began her descent into hell. Sentenced to a 15-month suspension following a positive cocaine test on March 17, 1991, the idol of a whole generation left Naples to play for Sevilla FC in 1992.

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In the Andalusian city, the new team captain rents the villa of Juan Antonio Ruiz Roman, the most famous bullfighter in Spain, and orders, as the documents provided during the sale attest, a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (type 964) Convertible with the rare enlarged Turbo-look body. He uses his new acquisition daily to go to club training and for his personal travel. Maradona does not fail to stand out at the wheel of his German racing car. It will thus be controlled at 180 km / h in the center of Seville.

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When he left the Andalusian city in June 1993, he separated from his 911 convertible. The vehicle was sold to an enthusiast on the island of Mallorca who would keep it for 20 years. Since then it has passed into the hands of several French collectors. The most recent has owned it since 2016. Perfectly preserved, the old 911 from Diego Maradona has traveled 120,000 km since it left the factory. The Bonhams house, which sells it during its “the big brands of the world in Paris” auction, estimated it between 150,000 and 200,000 euros. Due to the health crisis, the sale will take place via the Internet. Fans will have a week to bid, from March 3 to 10.

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Five cars to find under the tree


SELECTION – These are the favorites of the Figaro. Three models are sacred monsters; the fourth approaches it; the fifth is already a phenomenon.

In order to turn our backs on the gloom for a moment, we have selected five cars that deserve to appear at the foot of the tree. Without price constraint, or of any kind. A choice that is as subjective as it is Cornelian, in the light of the richness of the market. Three models are sacred monsters; the fourth approaches it; the fifth is already a phenomenon. All of them meet our concept of the pleasure car. Unlike models that play the utilities. Each of them, in their register, has established itself as a reference. An example to follow. A model that motorists dream of owning and that competitors aspire to emulate.

The queen of our selection is undoubtedly the Porsche 911. A real monument. Born in 1963, this model personifies the German brand and embodies the quintessence of the sports car. Faithful to the original concept but constantly renewed, the 911 crosses the decades with a casualness that commands respect. While being the anti-have-you-seen me,

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