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Change Our Mind #1: all sports cars should be painted green

Red Ferrari and orange McLarens: zzzzz. Dare you argue with a TG writer?

Published: 23 Mar 2020

A quick challenge for you: name a new-ish sports car that doesn’t work in green.

Hah! You can’t, can you? You’ve immediately defaulted to ‘Ferraris are designed in red’, but you can’t deny even the state-of-the-art SF90 Stradale would look sublime in Verde Pino.

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A dark-green GTC4 Lusso with tan leather? Nurse! And lest we forget, Jay Kay’s Kermit-skinned LaFerrari was a memorable corker. Verde British could even make us lust after a Portofino. Just.

Porsche? Even the company itself decided the millionth 911 built should be green. Case closed. ‘Mr 918 Spyder’ himself Frank-Stefan Walliser chose green paintwork for his personal 911 R. Case double-closed.

Lambo and McLaren have always done a nice line in oranges or yellow, but green – whether a lurid highlighter shade or a classy darker hue – is the thinking supercar buyers’ choice. It’s somehow less ‘look-at-me’, more ‘admire this in reverence’.

Bugatti and Pagani will tint your clear-coat carbon any colour you choose. Green is under-used and therefore rare and cooler than same-again black. Works all the way down the spectrum, too. An Alpine A110 in a verdant shade, or a Lotus Elise in British racing green? Impossible to fault. Jaguar F-Type, Aston DBS, Maserati GT… the list of green goddesses goes on.

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We have spoken. Feel free to agree wholeheartedly in the comments below. Or… dare you attempt to change our mind?

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