It's official! Now that the 2020 Mustang order forms are starting to make their way out, we can confirm that these are the official paint colors for the 2020 Mustang. Though the new colors were all revealed at the unveiling of the 760 hp Shelby GT500, some of the continuing colors are going to excite a lot of Mustang fans. In particular, it was exciting to see that Dark Highland Green will be returning for the 2020 year, officially confirming that the Bullitt won't be a one year only special edition.
Confirmed New Paint Colors for 2020
You’ve got to work hard to make silver interesting, but thankfully, Ford refuses to allow its signature pony car to become boring. Afterall, it is iconic. Part of Iconic Silver's appeal can be attributed to the black accents, which create a high contrast. Our new silver lands somewhere between Ingot and Magnetic in tone, brighter than Ingot but less shark-like than Magnetic. We anticipate this silver being more popular than usual simply because it is significantly more interesting than your average grayscale.
Iconic Silver has been confirmed as a color for both the 2020 Shelby GT500 as well as for the EcoBoost and GT.
2020 Shelby GT500 in Iconic Silver
Previously called Red Hot Metallic, honestly Rapid Red is a little bit better. This shade is a cooler-toned red that made Red Hot seem a little off. While Race Red is bright and fun and Ruby Red is jewel-toned and classy, Rapid Red skates right in-between. In many ways, it’s reminiscent of Red Candy, one of our favorite shades of Mustang red ever offered (and cruelly only offered for three years). Though this red is spectacular when paired with the black accents that come with the Shelby, it's also available with the EcoBoost and GT.
There are countless shades of red for a Mustang, but we’ll never get tired of seeing them. There’s just something about a red Mustang that can make anyone’s head turn.
Twister Orange Metallic
Orange can be a hard color to pull off. Too light and you end up in pumpkin territory, which would be especially Halloween-tastic with the black stripes and spoilers of the Shelby.
The Shelby manages to make this orange work with ease. Twister Orange is a few shades darker than Orange Fury, which was a big hit. We anticipate Twister Orange being an even bigger hit due to the universal appeal of this particular orange. While Orange Fury was bright and playful, Twister Orange is colorful enough to be unique but the metallic clearcoat gives it a rich dimensional sheen that should appeal to Mustang fans of all ages.
Thankfully, Twister Orange is also not set to be a GT500 exclusive color.
The color’s name is a throwback to the Mustang Twister Special, a Mustang that was only released in a color that at the time was called “Grabber Orange.” This orange is lighter than Grabber Orange, but is reminescent of this classic, especially with its black accents .
Returning Paint Colors
Grabber Lime is a curious addition. Ford is listing it as a “new to 2020” color, but Grabber Lime was the name of a color used previously. In 1971, you could get a Grabber Lime Mustang. Listed as paint code “I,” Grabber Lime was only available for one year. That year you could also order a Mustang in Grabber Green, Bright Lime, Dark Green, or Medium Green. People just really liked green cars in the ‘70s.
Since Ford listed Grabber Lime as “new” there’s no way to know if Ford is bringing back this classic shade or planning on making something entirely new that would seem at home in the Grabber color family. The Grabbers made it to our all-time favorite Mustang colors list for a reason, and we’d be excited to see either a return of a classic or a new shade.
The original Grabber Lime was a nearly fluorescent shade of green, a hue we hope to never see on an actual lime, but can work on a Mustang.
1971 Grabber Lime
Update: March 15, 2019
In advance of St. Patrick's Day, Ford decided to gift us with these images of the new Grabber Lime Shelby GT500, and it is slick. Unlike the flatter color of the original Grabber Lime, this color has significantly more pearlescence. The sheen and updated styling keep it from looking overly '70s-inspired, and the black accents create a stunning contrast. The black roof option is for sure going to be a popular pick with this color. Green Mustangs are some of our favorites because when it's done correctly, green offers a cool-toned pop of color that stands out in a crowd without looking like you're trying too hard.
We were really afraid that this might have been a GT500 exclusive color, but based on Ford Performance's statement regarding the 2020 Mustang, it looks like it will not be.
2020 Grabber Lime
Probably not a surprise to anyone. Black has been one of the most popular colors for Mustang since the first generation, and was notoriously favored by Henry Ford. The Shadow Black looks especially aggressive when combined with the Black Accent Package or done up with a black-out look for a monochromatic Mustang that'll turn heads. Perhaps one of the most fun things about a black Mustang is how every tiny bit of color pops. Though it was pretty obvious that we would get a black this year, we're happy it's official.
Velocity Blue was a new color for 2019, and it immediately became a favorite. This is a bright blue that catches the light and offers a little lightness to what has so far been a fairly dark-hued color palette. There's a lot of dimension in this blue, though many complain that it's too easy to confuse for Performance Blue, another 2020 Mustang Color.
We knew there had to be at least one bright red, and Race Red definitely fits the bill. This bright color screams speed and looks at home carving corners on a sunny day.
Magnetic is a perfect color for the Mustang. While this dark gray shade might look bland on other vehicles, on the Mustang it makes it look like a brooding shark. This is one of the colors that really benefited from the controversial 2018 facelift and it wouldn't make sense to discontinue it now. We're glad to see that it's going to be around for 2020 as well.
Oxford White's a good white, and we knew there had to be one. It's a solid color, and as usual looks exceptional with black accents. It's a classic, bright white that looks great when it's clean, but for sure a color that you want a garage for.
There are going to be some excited screams for this one. Kona Blue is returning for 2020. This is one of our top Mustang blues of all time. It's dark and rich, but still with enough pop to differentiate it from the more somber blue shades. It's a color that can dress up or dress down and it's an exciting shade for Ford to bring back for 2020.
Dark Highland Green
Are you surprised? So were we. The return of Dark Highland Green on the ordering form confirms that the Bullitt will be a two year special edition. This dark, rich green is reminiscient of British racing greens and offers a contrast to the Brembo red brake calipers that manages to avoid Christmas reminders and instead just looks sharp.
Dark Highland Green
Colors Leaving for 2020
Unfortunately, getting new colors means that we're leaving some colors behind. As sad as we are to see some of our favorites go, I think we all knew that two shades of orange and two shades of green in the same year would have been pretty unusual. If these colors are part of your dream 'Stang, you'll want to purchase before June 2019, when they're all slated to be discontinued.
Ingot was a good silver, but if we're being honest, it really only looked great with either the California Special or Black Accent package. It was a light silver, and that meant that it needed a lot of contrast. Iconic Silver appears to have a little more depth to it, so it makes sense that in the battle of the silvers, Ingot would be in the losers column.
Despite its misleading name, Rapid Red takes over the mantle of "dark metallic red" for the 2020 year, leaving Ruby Red out in the cold. Both of these colors are winners, but we admit that they're close enough to be a little redundant. If we're going to have two reds (and it's the Mustang, so we will probably have two shades of red) we're glad that it's probably going to be Race Red and Rapid Red, which are very different from each other.
Orange is in an amazing color, but Twister Orange does eliminate the need for Orange Fury. Not that you have to pick a favorite, but it's hard not to love the rich Twister Orange. It is perhaps a little surprising that Ford elected to discontinue Orange Fury given how positively Mustang enthusiasts have responded to the bright orange shade.
Need for Green
Out of all the colors on this list, this is perhaps the most surprising. It's been strongly hinted that the Grabber Lime color will be a GT500 exclusive, so discontinuing Need for Green leaves EcoBoost and GT fans without a Mustang green of their own unless another shade is going to be announced soon. As we've pointed out, back in the '70s, it wasn't uncommon for Mustang to have three or four shades of green available in a single production year, so it seems remarkably unfair that Need for Green is being discontinued so quickly. Hopefully we'll get another shade of green soon to replace it.
Need for Green
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