Porsche selected the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Present to debut its rally-themed 911. Named Dakar, it is an homage to the corporate’s legacy in off-road racing, and it is even out there with a particular two-tone exterior end within the model of the basic Rothmans livery. Because it seems, that paint job is actually particular, not simply in look but additionally the way it’s utilized to the automotive.
Talking to Porsche on the LA Auto Present, we discovered it takes roughly 34 hours all whole to finish this two-tone remedy. It is a part of the Rallye Design Bundle, and it additionally consists of in depth striping that’s dealt with by Porsche Unique Manufaktur.
All of it begins with a 911 physique painted white, which is sprayed with clear coat and sanded. The automotive is masked and prepped for the preliminary layer of Gentian Blue Metallic paint, which is utilized manually. As soon as the whole lot is dry, the masking is eliminated and the primary of two further clear coat layers is sprayed. Based on Porsche, that is roughly a 7.5-hour course of.
As soon as the whole lot is dry, the 911 Dakar physique is shipped to the manufacturing line for meeting but it surely’s not the top of the particular course of. The finished 911 then goes to Porsche Unique Manufaktur for the foiling course of. This requires partial disassembly of the physique, including one other 8.5 hours to the method. As soon as the automotive is again collectively, it is given a remaining inspection then lined for transport to the vendor.
The retrotastic exterior is the spotlight of the Rallye Design Bundle, which provides a hefty $28,470 to the 911 Dakar’s $223,450 base worth. The bundle additionally consists of black seats with Shark Blue seat belts and Ceramica trim, although we suspect the majority of the fee goes to the complicated paint job.
In fact, the 911 Dakar does not merely appear to be a basic Safari machine. Porsche retunes the suspension and provides a two-inch elevate, which will increase to only over three inches when the digital elevate system is activated. It rides on Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires made particularly for the 911 Dakar, and on the again, you may discover the identical 473-horsepower twin-turbocharged flat-six engine used within the 911 GTS.
See extra of the 911 Dakar and different latest LA Auto Present debuts within the Rambling About Automobiles podcast, out there beneath.