This is the SsangYong you want but can’t buy
Maybe this Korean car company is cool after all?
This is the SsangYong Rexton DKR, the company’s entry for the 2019 Dakar Rally. As you can clearly see, it is absolutely nothing like the stock Rexton you can buy. This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Developed by the Korean company’s motorsport division in Spain, the Rexton DKR uses a dune buggy body with many aggressive angles to add to the mean yet practical appearance. This body has been joined to a multi-tubular chassis crafted from chrome-molybdenum (serious stuff from SsangYong).
They have said it will weigh less than 1,900kg and feature a self-locking differential, dual arm suspension with King shock absorbers and helical extension springs.
This will compete in the T1-3 class with 2WD gasoline cars. The Rexton DXR is RWD and has a mid-mounted V8 engine producing 458hp, quite a bit more than the standard Rexton. This will all be linked to a six speed manual sequential gearbox. All this results in a 0-62mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 122 mph.
The Rexton DXR sits on 17 inch Yokohama Geolander off road tyres which can be inflated from the cabin. To stop this beast, SsangYong have fitted AP brakes.
The car will be driven by Óscar Fuertes and Diego Vallejo as co-driver. With this strong team and epic car, SsagYong want to improve on last year’s result which was 32nd place.