The 2020 Ford Mustang is shaping up to be the most powerful pony ever thanks to the introduction of the new Shelby GT500 with more than 700 horsepower alongside the 460-horsepower GT and the 310-horsepower EcoBoost. There are no big changes planned for the EcoBoost and GT models for 2020, but as it generally the case with a new model year, there is a slightly revised color palate.
We already knew that Iconic Silver, Red Hot Metallic and Twisted Orange Metallic would replace Ingot Silver, Ruby Red and Orange Fury. Today, with St. Patrick’s Day just a few days away, FoMoCo has announced the return of Grabber Lime, which effectively replaced Need for Green.
Grabber Lime Returns with a New Look
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 shown here is coated in the modern interpretation of Grabber Lime. While the new has been used in the past, last being offered back in 1971, the 2020 version is quite different. The 1971 Grabber Lime was a much lighter shade and in looking at pictures of ’71 Mustangs, it looks like the classic version of the color was a “flat” color without any metallic or pearl effect.
On the other hand, Grabber Lime for the 2020 Mustang is darker and clearly has a sheen to it that only comes with a pearl or metallic paint. Unlike Ford’s other colors, Grabber Lime isn’t referred to as a metallic paint, but it most certainly has more sparkle to it than the other non-metallic colors in the company’s lineup. It is also has far more sparkle than Grabber Lime of the 1970s.
“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”
Again, Grabber Lime will be available on all 2020 Ford Mustang models, including the GT350 and the GT500, and so far it seems as though the new GT500 will not have any unique colors.
While the 2019 Ford Mustang was plenty colorful, the bestselling muscle car is getting even brighter for 2020. Grabber Lime and Twisted Orange are both far more striking than the green and orange hues that they are replacing. In fact, having seen Twisted Orange on a new GT500, it would be my first choice if I were ordering one of the supercharged Shelbys, as the car looks absolutely stunning in the bright orange.
As mentioned above, Ingot Silver and Ruby Red are being replaced by Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic, and unless the Bullitt package is carried over for 2020, it seems likely that Dark Highland Green will be removed from the option list.
Colors from 2019 that we expect to see carryover include Race Red, Oxford White, Magnetic and Shadow Black. There are also two blues offered for 2019 – Velocity Blue and Kona Blue – but the 2020 GT500 has been shown off in a blue that doesn’t appear to match either of those colors. So, there could be a new blue announced at some point as a replacement for one or both of the 2019 blue options, but in any case, we can be sure that at least one blue will be offered on the 2020 Mustang.
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