One of the only things we love more than a well-sorted Porsche 911 is a well-sorted Porsche 911 in a rare paint option. We’ve seen our fare share of hard-to-find hues of over the last few years, and even featured a similar Blue Turquoise air-cooled variant on the blog awhile back. Without a doubt, the Mexico Blue Porsche 997 Turbo S that came to us for a New Car Detail & Full Frontal XPEL Ultimate paint protection may be the new top notch on our list of highly desirable P-cars.
The Turbo S arrived on a rainy afternoon after making quite the journey, coming all the way from Porsche Plano in Texas. As a member of the AutoNation network, Porsche Plano offers some incredible new and CPO Porsches to clients from all over the US & beyond. It’s not very often that a special order Turbo S pops up on the market, so we’re definitely happy this Mexico Blue model has relocated to the Pacific NorthWest!
After the initial reception & delivery inspection, we set to work on the New Car Detail package to get it properly prepped for paint protection. First things first, Tomas cleaned up the Turbo S with a thorough 24-step hand wash & clay bar decontamination.
Once the prep was completed, it was time to really make the Mexico Blue pop. Our standard New Car Detail treatment includes a single stage combination buff & polish to relieve any swirls or scratches that may occur from improper handling during delivery. It’s a simple step to take towards ensuring your latest acquisition arrives with a showroom shine!
As expected, there were some minor blemishes visible in the 911’s exterior, but nothing severe or out of the realm of basic correction. After all, special order cars are painted & prepped by hand, taking around 3 months extra in production time for Porsche AG to complete! While it does tack on an additional $5,500 to the bottom line, the wait & expense seems well worth it considering the seemingly endless possibilities of rare color options available.
The swirls & scratches cleared up without a hitch, and before long it was time to button her up with XPEL Ultimate. With the paint looking proper, we were dying to get the Turbo S under the diffuser for some studio time, but patience is a virtue that must be practiced with every project we take on. It seemed the owner was just as eager to see more of the Mexico Blue in all its glory too. We spotted a spike in traffic coming from a certain VW Vortex post looking for more pictures as soon as the detail began!
Once the Porsche was in the install bay, Tim began putting together the 997’s Full Frontal XPEL Ultimate PPF package. As always, when dealing with a rare paint color, it’s always best to maximize the coverage of your clear bra kit. The Full Frontal package is one of the more robust options we offer, providing protection to the entire hood, front fenders, front bumper, headlights, fog lamps, and mirrors. It’s also an essential component for any owner or enthusiast who might be seeing a little track time in the near future.. XPEL Ultimate PPF offers unrivaled clarity & durability, ensuring weekend warriors everywhere will be looking their best hot lapping for up to 10 years under the manufacturer warranty. For more info on Full Frontal, check out the coverage mock-up & read all about it in our XPEL Paint Protection Spotlight.
After the XPEL Ultimate cured out to perfection, it was finally time to get the Turbo S in the studio for a quick photo shoot! There aren’t a whole lot of Mexico Blue Porsches in circulation, so getting one in front of the lens was a welcomed opportunity.
Mexico Blue is one of those hues that’s surprisingly dynamic despite being completely metallic-free. Tonally, it lands somewhere on the spectrum between BMW’s Laguna Seca blue & Porsche’s more well known Riviera blue. Under the white hot lights of the cyclorama, it really came to life.
The addition of nearly invisible XPEL Ultimate paint protection is the icing on the cake. Full Frontal PPF means the whole clip will be free of rock chips, scratches, and whatever road debris the NorthWest might throw its way. And, once it comes time for removal, the Mexico Blue will look just as good as the day the New Car Detail was completed!
From the carbon ceramics & center lock wheels, to the wild exterior hue and everlasting Porsche shape, there’s no doubt that this 997 Turbo S has the makings of a real keeper. It’s the kind of car that’s held onto for a lifetime, even if it’s just stashed away in the back of a garage, patiently waiting for the next hot lap session.
While the Turbo S lacks the accented seat backs seen in other special order cars, it seems optioning them may have simply been too much blue. The interior is adorned with just enough aluminum to make it feel sportier than your average 911, and there’s plenty of contrast in the cabin with the addition of a color-matched center divider.
From the back, it’s nothing but an unmistakable Porsche rear-end. No one likes getting left on from a stop light, but this is one car we couldn’t complain about chasing the taillights of. The Turbo S badging has since been replaced, though we cant help but think there’s something undeniably appealing about a bright blue “sleeper” super car. Let onlookers assume it’s just another 911 before disappearing over the horizon in a blast of blau.
Even if it’s not the newest edition, there’s no denying that the 997 Turbo S is without merit — especially in a special order paint option. Now, with the help of XPEL Ultimate & a New Car Detail, this particular Porsche is ready to resume reign over the lanes in the great state of Washington. Hopefully it won’t relocate again any time soon!
Picking out something special of your very own from the AutoNation dealer network? Get in touch about a customized New Car Detail of your very own, and be sure to check out our selection of XPEL paint protection packages. Thanks for reading!