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Porsche 911 Dakar Prototype Goes For A Safari In The Ring With Fuchs-Style Wheels

After nearly two years of testing, the Porsche 911 Dakar – formerly known as the Safari – appears to be coming closer to production. The newest prototype made another appearance at the Nürburgring, this time with a lovely set of Fuchs-style wheels that match its higher posture perfectly.

Since the first camouflaged prototypes debuted in 2020, a more adventurous model of the 992 with a greater ground clearance has been hotly touted. Initially, prototypes utilised the body of a 911 Turbo with a minor alterations, but Porsche began using a different form of camouflage in early 2022, likely to mask the design of the model-specific bodykit.

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The black-finished five-spoke wheels, which are inspired by the iconic Fuchs design, are new this season. They’re shod in larger and beefier tyres on the most off-road capable 911, as well as vented brakes with red callipers.

Aside from the new shoes, the prototype has fender extensions to accommodate the wider tracks, altered intakes on the front bumper, a bonnet scoop, a fixed rear wing, and a skid-like diffuser with two big oval-shaped tailpipes at the back. We also expect it to have the facelifted 911’s upgrades, like as the redesigned digital cockpit and upgraded LED graphics on the lighting components.

This isn’t the first time the elevated 911 has been spotted at the ‘Ring for testing, with previous sightings in April and July 2021. After all, Porsche’s legendary German racetrack, the Nordschleife, plays a key part in the development of all production and racing models.

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At the Nürburgring, according to carscoops the 911 Dakar struggled to keep up with the track-focused GT3 or even the Turbo S all-rounder, but there’s a good possibility it won’t be the slowest 911 in terms of lap times. This will be made possible by a powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine sourced from the 443 hp (331 kW / 450 PS) Carrera S, 473 hp (353 kW / 480 PS) GTS, or even the 572 hp (427 kW / 580 PS) Turbo.

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source: carscoops


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