The Porsche 911 Dakar was launched in November last year and to date, it remains one of our favorite sports car versions. With higher suspension, new ride modes and special Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires, it’s the 911 that can take you anywhere without compromising on performance. And yes – this also means being very fast on the tarmac, and we have a new video to share with you and prove that bold statement.
That Motorsports Magazine upload short one-minute clips YouTube demonstrates an insanely fast ride in a rally-inspired sports car from Stuttgart. Around the second half of the video, the driver activates the launch control system and unleashes the 911 Dakar’s full potential. The result is a staggering 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) acceleration in about 3.5 seconds.
In fact, we cannot know the exact sprint time because there are no gauges to show the actual GPS verified speed and acceleration. However, we know Porsche claims the 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) sprint takes just 3.2 seconds and we also know from past tests that the German company doesn’t like to lie about its models’ output and performance figures. The video ends with the car reaching around 143 mph (230 kph), which is not its maximum speed.
On paper, the 911 Dakar should be capable of an electronically regulated top speed of 150 mph (241 kph). This figure is lower than the standard 155-mph (250-kph) limiter of most modern performance cars, though that’s because Porsche wanted to protect the machine’s 19-inch series 245/45 front tires and 20-inch series 295/40 rear all-terrain tires. As a side note, the car from the video was driven in Sport mode with the electronic stability control disabled.
But what about an off-road-inspired sports coupe (it’s a rather odd combo, isn’t it?) achieve this impressive acceleration? Porsche’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six is here to help with its peak output of 473 horsepower (353 kilowatts) – the same level of power found in the 911 GTS.