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A new colour-mixing bench at Porsche's Zuffenhausen plant allows the firm to offer a wide sweep of new exterior paint colours across its model lineup.

30 Nov 2021 | International News : Germany

Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur is expanding the range of colour options available with its new Paint to Sample and Paint to Sample Plus options.

The expanded Paint to Sample option expands the range of standard and special colours across all the model series by more than 160 shades. With new colours including Maritime Blue, Rubystar Red and Mint Green - all 1990s colours that enjoy cult status among Porsche fans - the expanded range will give customers an opportunity to finish their vehicles in classic Porsche colours.

The new Paint to Sample options include Maritime Blue (pictured), Rubystar Red and Mint Green, all Porsche cult colours from the 1990s
For the 911 and 718 model series, there are more than 100 additional paint colours to choose from, while for the Panamera, Macan and Cayenne, there are more than 50 options, while a further 65 colours complete the range for Taycan customers.

Paint to Sample can be ordered as part of new vehicle configurations at Porsche Centres, and will add about three months to the delivery lead time compared to standard colours. Prices within the model series vary depending on the derivative.

For especially individual colour requests, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur is also offering the Paint to Sample Plus option, allowing customers to choose a finish almost entirely freely. This option is available for the model lines 911, 718 and the Taycan.

Porsche's paint specialists at its Zuffenhausen plant are able to mix dozens of ingredients down to the last milligram in order to achieve the desired shade
Customers taking this option can simply hand over a sample of their desired colour to the Porsche Centre, which can take the form of anything from a handbag to a nail varnish colour. This sample is then sent to Porsche AG. There, a separate feasibility check is carried out for each request, which can take several months depending on the work involved.

From there, Porsche's colourists will create the paint formulation. Porsche's experts will develop the hue and subject it to several rounds of testing to ensure that the paint corresponds to the sample under different light sources, such as daylight or artificial light.

The feasibility of the colour will also be tested under production conditions on the car body and add-on parts, in order to define the layer thickness. This is necessary to ensure process-stable, reproducible and error-free painting. Before the actual customer vehicle is painted, the colour is applied to a test body. If it transpires that the desired shade cannot be realised in accordance to Porsche's usual quality standards, Porsche will bear the costs of the feasibility test.

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