But every now and then, you might come across a car that sports such a wild paint job that you think it’s a custom aftermarket shade, and that’s where things get interesting.
Automakers are getting more daring with the paint shades they offer from the factory, and even if they appeal to a small percentage of their customers, wild exterior colors add a lot of personality to a car. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of the wild paint shades you can get straight from the factory below.
Top 10 Wildest Paint Colors
Audi‘s shade of green is one of the nicest we’ve ever seen, and it suits the RS3’s wild personality perfectly. The German automaker also offered it on the S3 in limited quantities, along with a few other unique shades including Glut Orange, Vegas Yellow, Misano Red, and Sepang Blue. Like other luxury German automakers, Audi offers its buyers the opportunity to choose from a plethora of custom shades through its Audi Exclusive program.
BMW is kicking off the launch of its new M5 with a First Edition model sporting Frozen Dark Red Metallic paint. It’s a matte finish that fits the high-performance sedan perfectly, giving it a classy yet aggressive appearance. The paint shade comes from BMW Individual, which offers further customization options for BMW buyers regardless of the model. Chances are, BMW will eventually offer this shade in its lineup for any customer willing to pay for it.
Mopar and Dodge arguably have the richest history of awesome paint shades, and this year, the American automaker followed up the revival its of Plum Crazy purple in 2016 with Go Mango orange. Go Mango orange originally got revived on the 2016 Dodge Dart, but after missing for 10 years, it’s back on the Challenger and Charger models. It’s not identical to the original Go Mango shade, as Dodge said it has been modernized for today’s vehicles.
Available on the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST, Orange Spice might just be the perfect shade for the hot hatch. And despite being a metallic shade, Ford only charges $595 additional for the option, which is the same as the boring and ubiquitous White Platinum.
Ford Grabber Blue
Very few cars can pull off a baby blue shade, but the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 does it naturally. And that’s because this is Ford’s Grabber Blue, which has a rich history with the Mustang. In fact, some would say it’s one of the most iconic colors offered on the sports car.
Honda isn’t exactly known for wild paint colors, as its cars appeal more to the general consumer looking for a steady daily driver that gets good gas mileage. But the Japanese automaker does have a history of offering unique shades like Electron Blue Pearl, and Energy Green shows Honda is back to being a bit daring. It’s similar to the shade Honda rolled out on the Civic Concept that previewed the latest model, and we’re thrilled the automaker took it to production.
Mercedes-AMG introduced its hot GT R in a wondrous green shade, aptly named Green Hell Magno since the GT R was developed at the Nurburgring, which is also known as the Green Hell. It’s an aggressive and unique shade of matte green that fits the GT R brilliantly. It almost makes any other color on the GT R look strange, even the stunning Solarbeam Yellow Metallic.
One of the more polarizing colors Porsche offers is Miami Blue. Seen here on the Cayman, it’s also available on 911 models and it really helps the sports car stand out in a crowd. It is a really refreshing and vibrant take on blue and even makes Porsche’s Lava Orange (also pictured) look mundane.
Yellow paint is normally reserved for cars that are fast and race-inspired, and that’s everything the Atlas is not. But Volkswagen has made a bold choice by offering the Kurkuma Yellow Metallic shade on its new three-row crossover, and we’re surprised by how well it fits the model. It’s pretty wild to think someone might be transporting an entire family in a bright yellow SUV. But hey, this is 2017 after all.