I am today coming to you from downtown Los Angeles, where Porsche has just pulled the covers off the new 911 Dakar. It was a typically deft reveal, with a cover being pulled off one car while another drove dramatically out of a shipping container parked next to the stage. And in its blue and white two-tone livery, with its raised ride height, chunky Pirelli Scorpion double ply tyres and a roof rack on which to carry your folding shovels, traction bars, fuel and water canisters and survival tent, it looked just fine. I really can’t wait to make a closer acquaintance, preferably somewhere with a lot of sand.
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Andrew Frankel has been racing cars for over 20 years and testing them for nearer to 30. He is senior contributing writer to both Autocar and MotorSport magazines, sits on the Car of the Year jury and was chief car tester for the Sunday Times for 15 years. He cites driving and writing as the only disciplines for which he has any talent and therefore considers himself vocationally employed. When he is not working he lives quietly in the Wye Valley with his family, a small and unimportant accumulation of cheap old cars and some sheep.