The factory-option paint is refined on an atomic level and it looks spectacular.
Right now, the Porsche 911 is one of the most talked-about sportscars on the planet, particularly in GT3 guise, but the 911 Turbo is just as impressive in its own right. The entire 911 range is focused on providing ultimate driving engagement, but these are also luxury cars, and luxury cars sometimes need to be spoiled with expensive paint. In the past, we've seen a 911 with "fingerprint paint", but as cool as that may be, it doesn't hold a candle to Chromaflair paint. The car you see below is wearing one of the colors in that range, and the option costs a pretty penny.
The total cost of the configuration, including its wacky paint, works out to an eye-watering $364,170. Okay, a big chunk goes on the two-tone leather and the carbon fiber roof, along with other custom bits, but the paint makes up a massive portion.
Firstly, you spend $12,380 to get a custom color from Porsche, but for one of the few Chromaflair finishes, you pay another $86,040. That's as much as another luxury car. This range falls under the CXX bespoke line carried by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, which is sorta like a place where any crazy idea that pops into your head can be brought to life. This particular finish is called Urban Bamboo, and due to the Chromaflair nature of the paint, it shifts colors depending on your vantage point and lighting.
As stunning as the finish looks in these photos, the dealer that sold this car says that the "pictures still do not do this color total justice. It's truly something special that needs to be seen in person to be completely appreciated."
That multi-color effect that the Chromaflair pigment provides comes from a multilayer interference film that is ground into micron-sized flakes. These flakes have an aluminum center core surrounded by a glass-like layer. Depending on the thickness of this glass-like layer, you get different colors. According to the dealer, maintaining an even finish thus requires layer thickness with variances of within just a few atoms. No wonder it's so expensive.