Few would describe the Ford Mustang as subtly at best times, but the 2020 Mustang becomes even more outlandish with a new, eye-burning green color job. The car maker has delved into what it refers to as its "heritage-inspired" color stickers for the new shade, a node back to the vintage Mustang ending decades ago.
Specifically, it is the vintage Mustangs in the 1970s that inspired this new Grabber Lime finish. After that, the cars were slightly more worn than today's lively, supersaturated surfaces, but it is still enough for the 2020 Mustang to have a very distinct appearance.
The fact is that the classic finish of a modern makeover was part of Ford's mission, according to Barb Whalen, color and material manager at the company. "This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while adhering to more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy," she explains. It won't just be green, either.
Grabber Lime will be accompanied by Twister Orange, which according to the name will be a saturated orange finish. There will also be two other additions to the color chart, albeit a bit less fragmentary. Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic will be offered across the board on the 2020 Mustang.
It includes the expected Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Revealed back in January at the Detroit Auto Show 2019, the new muscle car will be hit at the top of Ford's lineup. Billed as the most powerful street-legal car automaker ever produced, it packs more than 700 horsepower – more, it's worth noting than you would get from the Ford GT supercar.
It comes with the permission of a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine. It's enough, Ford promises, for a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time, but raw speed is just part of the story. No manual gearbox, much to the disparity of purists. Instead, there is a TREMEC 7-speed dual clutch transmission as standard – can be shifted under 100ms – with normal, weather, sports, drag and track modes.
Ford showed us the red, red, iconic silver and Twister Orange versions of the car back in January, and it has to be said that the 2020 Shelby GT500 suits them all. The striking body seat does not hurt: the gaping grid is much larger than the usual Mustang and carbon fiber lashings that both help keep the weight of the litter down and give the GT500 a suitable distinct look.
However, Ford will not limit its heritage-inspired finishes to just its most powerful Mustang, instead offering them across the board. The 2020 Mustang is set to go on sale this fall, the automaker says.