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Porsche will launch Australia’s first market-specific special edition to celebrate 70 years of local sales, fittingly dubbed 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition.
The bespoke model is based on a 992-series 911 GT3 with Touring Package, making it also the first time a 911 GT car has been used as a market-specific vehicle.
Limited to just 25 units, the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition is priced at $494,300 before on-road costs for the six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic versions.
The powerplant is borrowed from the GT3 with Touring Package (revealed at the same time), which means a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat six punching out 375kW/470Nm to the rear wheels.
Distinguishing the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition from the rest of the 911 range is a unique ‘Fish Silver Grey Metallic’ exterior paint finish, which is a “modern interpretation” of the hue of one of the first two Porsche cars brought to Australia in 1951.
The unique colour also finds its way onto the border of the ‘Darksilver’ rims and vehicle key, as well as the dashboard and centre console trim.
Inside, the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition is fitted with a dark blue and black leather interior and bespoke front bucket seats with unique inserts, while highlights include 70th anniversary logos and lettering on the door sills, dashboard and centre console lid.
To denote its Australian-specific status, the local flag is also fitted to the B-pillars.
Other changes include a ‘Crayon’-finished gear shift pattern and 12-o’clock steering wheel marker, interior-matched key pouch, and an indoor car cover with ‘GT3 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition’ lettering.
However, the 70 Years Porsche Australia Edition also justifies its $124,700 premium over the GT3 with Touring Package thanks to the standard fitment of a ‘Chrono Package’, ‘Light Design’ pack with ambient lighting, blacked-out exterior trim, tinted LED headlights, black-pained brake callipers, leather-trimmed cupholders, and Bose surround system.
For reference, the newly-revealed 911 GT3 with Touring Package wears a $369,600 sticker price for both manual and automatic versions.
Like before, the Touring Package deletes the fixed rear wing of the GT3 and sports a body-coloured front bumper for a less racy, more understated look.
However, the GT3 with Touring Package is fitted with an automatically extending rear spoiler for downforce at high speeds, while the window surrounds and exhaust tips are finished in a silver colour.
The Touring Package is also fitted with a blacked-out interior with unique surface embossing on the dashboard and upper side sections of the cabin.
Standard equipment in Aussie-spec cars include LED headlights, auto-dimming mirrors with rain sensors, metallic paint, front-axle lift system, digital radio, and reversing camera with rear parking sensors.
However, all optional equipment available to the GT3 is also on offer for customers of the Touring Package, including exterior colours, wheels, seats, the Chrono package and sound systems.
|GT3 with Touring Package||$369,600|
|70 Years Porsche Australia Edition||$494,300|