2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS makes Australian debut at Cronulla event

September 9, 2018

Porsche Australia hosted a unique ‘park up’ event in Cronulla today to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the sportscar manufacturer. And as a bonus, the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS made its local debut.

Fans were treated to a close-up look at the new 911 GT3 RS, with the first right-hand drive example in the country on display. It was coated in the unmissable new Lizard Green paint option, and parked just outside a special marquee-like setup modelled like a Porsche showroom just for the event.

The new GT3 RS was revealed to the world earlier this year, showcasing a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine that develops an incredible 383kW. It’s able to dust off 0-100km/h in a claimed 3.2 seconds, and has lapped the famous Nurburgring in just 6:56.4.

Porsche fans have been able to order the new model for a few months now but this was the first example of its kind to be on display in Australia. Prices start at $416,500 (excluding on-road costs).

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Aside from the presence of the mighty GT3 RS, the event was a way of celebrating the 70th anniversary of Porsche. And what better way to do that than with a large gathering. Around 200 customer cars parked up for a stunning spectacle for fans and the good people at Cronulla to enjoy for the morning.

A huge range of Porsche vehicles made up the collection, including classic 356 and pre-911 models, the shorter-lived 924, 944 and 928 series, as well as a handful of extremely rare models such as the Carrera 2.7 RS. A modern Carrera GT also made it to the park, which was probably one of only a few in the country.

Porsche Australia had setup a unique ‘Porsche in Motion’ experience for fans, too. This Australian-made apparatus allowed spectators to take a seat inside the iconic Porsche 911 and explore the sports car in virtual reality.

Of course, fans were also able to check out Porsche’s latest range and have a seat in a few examples that were on display, including the new Cayenne and 911 GTS. Check out our big gallery below for a sample of some of the cars that made up the event.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.