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Autotrader Find: Gold Chromaflair 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Coupe

Aside from Chromaflair Explosive Gold paint, this track-focused 911 GT2 RS was a pretty special machine on its own.

Porsche will paint its cars in any color a customer chooses, albeit for a price. Standard-issue extra-cost paint options run about $850 to start, but the sky is truly the limit after that.

Just ask the person who ordered this 2018 911 GT2 RS in Chromaflair Explosive Gold. According to the selling dealer in Texas, the paint upcharge alone was more than $120,000. And that was on top of the roughly $300,000 base price for the GT2 RS back in 2018.

Chromaflair is an exotic paint that changes color depending on the viewing angle. The fancy paint pigments were first used all the way back in 1996 when Ford charged a bit extra for a Mystic paint shade on its Mustang SVT Cobra. That car looked green in some light and in purple in others.

This particular 911 GT2 RS is pretty well-documented, as you might expect for a car swathed in a paint hue like this. There are even photos online of it at the factory in Germany. Back in 2018, Porsche offered a slew of Chromaflair paint colors on certain models in its lineup. Explosive Gold, as its name suggests, was arguably the brightest hue, and it was a timely choice. That’s because in 2018 Porsche built a “continuation” 993-generation 911 Turbo S — the last of the air-cooled cars — and painted it in Golden Yellow Metallic. That special car was built by Porsche’s in-house restoration shop, though it was made using new parts. It was not a typical restoration, per se. It also sold for more than $3 million at an auction in 2018.

Suddenly that makes the $549,900 asked by Park Place Porsche for the Chromaflair Explosive Gold GT2 RS something of a bargain. Or at least that’s how we’ll justify it to ourselves.

Aside from the gold paint, the track-focused 911 GT2 RS was a pretty special machine on its own. Its twin-turbocharged flat-6 delivers 700 horsepower to help the car rip to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds. The 911 GT2 RS offers more than just a tightened suspension essentially cribbed from the automaker’s race cars and more power, however. With the optional Weissach package, Porsche sliced weight throughout, specified carbon fiber for the roof panel and hood, and, bolted on adjustable carbon fiber sway bars. The 911 GT2 RS Weissach was the ultimate Porsche track car.

Somewhat canceling out the weight savings, the original owner of this 911 GT2 RS ordered a ton of extras, including leather-wrapped just about everything. Hey, if you’re going to spend starter-home-in-Iowa money on paint, you might as well check all the boxes.

With less than 2,000 miles on its odometer, the 911 GT2 RS has actually seen some road use, which is something of a surprise for a car of this caliber. Its Carfax report shows that it’s been in the Dallas area since new, where it has no doubt been a bit of a local celebrity for all of those miles. Find a Porsche 911 for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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