Porsche 911 Dakar BILSTEIN
Porsche 911 Dakar BILSTEIN

Porsche 911 Dakar: With retro rally livery and BILSTEIN logo!

Tuning & Motorsports
February 7, 2023 3 min read

In 1984, Porsche celebrated its first overall victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally. It was also the birth of all-wheel drive in the Porsche 911. To celebrate these milestones in Porsche history, the sports car manufacturer has launched an absolutely spectacular special edition: The Porsche 911 Dakar in iconic retro livery. Another exclusive livery celebrates Porsche’s first participation in the 1971 East African Safari Rally – with eye-catching BILSTEIN decals. And for good reason, because we have been supporting Porsche with our suspension expertise for a long time. So, of course, in the current “911” as well.

With the current 911 generation, Porsche is once again showing the sports car competition who sets the benchmark in driving dynamics. The Porsche 992 impresses with an unprecedented spread between agility and driving comfort. This is made possible by our DampTronic X shock absorber technology, which made its debut in the Porsche 992.

BILSTEIN DampTronic X shock absorbers for the Porsche 911

The DampTronic X damper is equipped with a very fast-switching adjustment valve whose high adjustment dynamics ensure that the required damping forces are adapted in just a few milliseconds to the damping demand determined by the central control unit. The control concept calculates and adjusts the damping several hundred times per second depending on the driving situation and wheel selectively. In this way, agility as well as ride comfort and safety can be increased.

Porsche 911 Dakar: Rally machine with maximum ride height

Porsche takes this spread to the extreme in the 911 Dakar, whose new lift suspension provides 50 millimeters more ride height than a 911 Carrera with sports suspension. This allows the rally Porsche to show what it can do even on unpaved terrain.

The special model, limited to 2,500 units, not only proves that there are hardly any limits to the 911 concept. It also commemorates Porsche’s first overall victory in the 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally – which also marked the birth of all-wheel drive in the Porsche 911.

Porsche and BILSTEIN: A long rally tradition

The three-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine with 480 hp accelerates the rally racer from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 240 km/h due to the all-terrain tires.

While the Rally Design Package, which is optionally available for the 911 Dakar, is closely based on the appearance of the 1984 winning car, Porsche offers three other exclusive wrapping options for the radical rally racer. They commemorate Porsche’s participation in the East African Safari Rally, which led 5,000 kilometers through savannahs, semi-deserts and the highlands of Kenya and is considered one of the toughest rallies of the world.

Decal set with BILSTEIN logo

Particularly exciting for BILSTEIN fans is the “Rally 1971” sticker set, which features a prominent logo of the cult shock absorber brand on the rear mudguard. In 1971, Porsche competed in the infamous “Safari Rally” for the first time with an official works team. Externally, the modified 911 S cars were recognizable by the plain black film on the front hood, front fenders and doors – and, of course, the BILSTEIN logo on the side. The decal set for the 911 Dakar takes up this design and presents itself with start number 19, which belongs to the most successful 911 in this rally: in 1971, Polish drivers Sobieslaw Zasada and Marian Bien finished in fifth place.

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