Here's what a $130,000 paint job looks like
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Optioning out a new car can be a slippery slope — and when that new car is a Porsche the incline of that slope can be even more sharp.
But, while most buying a Porsche are likely to upgrade to a carbon-ceramic brake package, or maybe swap out their normal seats for deep, racing-style buckets, none of these options come even remotely close to the paint job on this green 991.2 911 Turbo S in Germany, posted online by PTSRS.
As you've probably guessed by now, this isn't just normal paint ... It's what they call a 'ChromaFlair' paint called Phyton Green. It's lovely, shining a very yellowish green in the sunlight and a darker more natural green in the shadows.
It's gorgeous ... right until you see what the charge on this paint is. Reportedly, €82,645 — or NZ$133,400 — is the cost. That's enough to comfortably buy a secondhand 997-generation 911. Hell, it's half the price of a new 991-generation 911 Carrera S.
So what exactly makes this ChromaFlair paint so special. Well, I've ventured to the depths of the internet (Wikipedia) to find what's so special about it, and from what I've seen the bulk of it has to do with the flaking in the paint.
Each flake is a piece of aluminium that's then coated with 'magnesium flouride embedded in semi-translucent chromium'. The coating gives each flake a glassy property, allowing them not only to shimmer, but also to act like a prism and alter the colours of things when it gets struck by the sun.
That all sounds quite impressive, but consider too that it's more or less the same technology as what was present on those garish, hideous 'harlequin' coloured cars that used to run rampant around New Zealand car culture in the early to mid-'00s.
And when you think about it, the possibility of those people paying anywhere near six figures for those paint jobs is a bit laughable.