Porsche Australia & New Zealand – 70 Years Porsche in Australia: A special 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition has been announced, soon to arrive as an exclusive limited edition.
The unique limited edition Porsche 911 model celebrates the 70-year history of Porsche in Australia and shares a number of visual cues with the world’s first factory-built right-hand drive 356 model that was unveiled to the public in Melbourne in early November 1951.
Designed in collaboration with experts from the Style Porsche design team, the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur customisation department, and Porsche Cars Australia, the special-edition 911 boasts a range of unique exterior and interior design features. It will be available with either manual or PDK gearboxes, with deliveries to commence from the end of 2021.
The edition is based on the new 911 GT3 with Touring Package (type 992) with the Touring Package, which was unveiled at the same time.
It is the first time that Porsche has based a market-specific edition on a 911 GT product and the first time that a special edition has been created by Porsche for the Australian market.
Matthias Becker, Vice President Region Overseas and Emerging Markets at Porsche AG, congratulated Australia on such a significant milestone.
“I am pleased to see that the occasion is being celebrated in style with a sportscar that has links right back to the start of our journey in Australia and that any Porsche enthusiast would be proud to own,” he said.
A limited number of models of the edition will be produced, each painted in a new customised colour developed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur—Fish Silver Grey Metallic—a modern interpretation of the ‘Fish Silver Grey’ that was the factory colour in which one of the first two Porsche 356 imported by Norman Hamilton into Australia was painted.
“It is fitting that this special edition features exclusive elements that is reminiscent of Porsche’s earliest days in Australia, 70 years ago, ” said Becker.
The seventh edition of the powerful 375 kW GT3 (911 GT3: fuel consumption combined (WLTP) 13.0 – 12.9 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP) 294 – 293 g/km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC) 13.3 – 12.4 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (NEDC) 304 – 283 g/km) can now be ordered with the equipment package that proved extremely popular for its predecessor.
Weighing just 1,418 kilograms, it is delivered with a six-speed manual GT sports gearbox as standard, however for the first time, the Touring Package can also be combined with the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox at no extra cost.
The most conspicuous difference about the exterior is the omission of the fixed rear wing of the 911 GT3. The necessary downforce at high speeds and even more understatement are guaranteed by an automatically extending rear spoiler. Silver-coloured trim strips made of high-gloss anodised aluminium on the side windows are another distinguishing feature that underline the newcomer’s discreet appearance.
The 911 GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition features a unique colour and specification.
The complete front end is painted in the exterior colour. The interior with extended leather items in Black is available exclusively for the GT3 with the Touring Package. The front of the dashboard and the upper side sections of the door trim panels feature special embossed surfaces.
Porsche also offers almost all the optional equipment for the 911 GT3 in combination with the Touring Package. This includes exterior and wheel colours, all seat variants, the Chrono package and the audio systems.
With the seventh edition of this high-performance sports car, Porsche has transferred race technology to a production model more systematically than ever before: the double-wishbone front suspension as well as the uncompromising aerodynamics with swan-neck rear wing—excluded from the Touring package—and striking diffusor originate from the successful 911 RSR GT racing car. The 375 kW 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine is based on the drive unit of 911 GT3 R that has been tried and tested in endurance racing.
Despite a wider body, larger wheels and additional technical features, the weight of the new GT3 is on a par with its predecessor. It weighs 1,418 kg with the manual transmission and 1,435 kg with the Porsche dual-clutch PDK transmission.
The bonnet made of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), lightweight glass windows and forged alloy wheels exemplify the focus on weight-saving, as does the lightweight sports exhaust system.
13.0 – 12.9 l/100 km
294 – 293 g/km
13.3 – 12.4 l/100 km
304 – 283 g/km
911 GT3 Touring
12.9 l/100 km
293 – 292 g/km
13.3 – 12.4 l/100 km
304 – 283 g/km