Raking in the Green: New Paintwork for the 2020 Mustang
These bright, vibrant retro colours are trending in design
Not content to let an Irish day of celebration slip past, Ford has unveiled a new Grabber Lime for the 2020 Mustang. This high-impact green inspired by a vintage Mustang colour from the ‘70s and is sure to visually arrest every retina within sight when it appears in showrooms later this year and makes dealer lots look as if someone just spilled a bag of Skittles.
“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford Colour & Materials Manager, a title that your author did not realize existed until this very moment. “This colour traces back to a Mustang heritage colour while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”
Marketing speak aside, this new shade certainly does pop, especially when paired with black go-faster stripes as shown in these images. The stripes work well with the Mustang’s maw of a front grille, not to mention the black endcaps that appear on the table-sized rear wing.
Actually, the Grabber Lime shown here is one of two new feature colours available across the Mustang lineup for 2020. Joining the green machine is Twister Orange, prefect for those who want to announce their presence but have an aversion to Kermit the Frog. In addition, new Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic will freshen up the Mustang palette, including Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500 models.
“These bright, vibrant retro colours are trending in design – in home furnishings, sportswear and even appliances,” said Whalen. “Aspirational and confident, they are fun, youthful colours that make a statement of how you want the world to see you and who you want to be. And your car is an extension of that.”
Fair enough. However, even your style-free author, a man who cannot be counted on to select appropriate paint colours for the walls of his suburban home, knows that Ford is simply playing colour catch-up to Dodge and its eye-popping palette offered on the Challenger. With horsepower wars in full swing, it is great to see Detroit’s automakers attempt to claim the crown for the most outrageous hue. The world needs less grayscale and more colour, so count me in as a fan of these new shades.
Currently, Mustang shoppers can select from an EcoBoost trim with 310 horsepower or a GT model with the barrel-chested 460 horse V8. Vanilla Ice fans take note: that’s a real 5.0 under the hood. Bullitt and GT350 versions are jacked to 526 ponies from a 5.2L mill.
The new 2020 Ford Mustang arrives at dealers this autumn.