If you see a car in green, does it make you stop and do a double take in amazement, or put a smile on your face while remembering a certain a green car from the past? Green is definitely not the most popular of color choices, but it does grab attention and we believe that a green car can bring you some luck.
It isn't easy being a green (colored) car:
While some reports claim that red new car buyers pay a better price and green car lovers often pay above invoice, however one thing is for certain: whether it is British Racing Green or a bright lime shade of Kermit, any automotive manufacturer who takes the risk of setting a green covered car out into a sea of Pearl White, silver and Tuxedo Black banality must believe that their four wheeled automobile has enough style and/or performance to pull off a color that is traditionally reserved for racing as well as "LOOK AT ME" machines. However there is no clear explanation as to why these brave daring designers take such a risk, but maybe, just maybe, they have a little Leprechaun on staff.
The following are our favorite cars that come in untraditional greens and while some of them may require a whole pot o' gold to procure, they all have the potential to take you to the end of the rainbow. Who cares if it isn't the most popular color car? It just needs to make you feel lucky.
Pictured: Lamborghini Miura
Photo Credit: London Telegraph
2012 Ford Fiesta - Lime Squeeze Metallic
The Ford Fiesta burst back into the scene in the U.S.A. in Lime Squeeze Metallic a couple of years ago and changed the way that Americans not only saw the model that had left our shores so many years before but saw it in all of its Euro-brilliance. Compact cars were no longer econo-boxes and could be fun reflections of the driver's personality. In that crazy lime, no one doubts that a Fiesta driver is anything but boring. Setting the fun-to-drive mentality that is now a standard for the class, the Ford Fiesta rocks the lime green in all of the right ways.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro - Synergy Green
It is mean, it is green and it has to be one of the favorite colors for fans of the Camaro. Synergy Green takes the new body/old soul muscle car to an eye-popping level with its true Kelly green that is not too dark and not too bright. Combined with all sorts of possibilities under the hood, this green only lasted for 2011 and we hope that it was lucky enough on showroom floors that Chevrolet takes the risk of bring it back.
On a side note, the one of a kind 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Concept was a pretty nifty green treatment as well.
2012 Mazda2 - Spirited Green Metallic
Looking like an adorable elf, the 2012 Mazda2 shines bright in Spirited Green Metallic and is another one of the early segment leaders who took a stand in a bright color while throwing in a heavy dose of fun driving. Leading urbanites on a new adventure through the fun world that is the compact car category, the Mazda2 is a clever bookend to the Mazda story.
2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque - Colima Lime Green
While there are other Land Rovers that have shown up to the urban trails in variations of green, it took the award winning, all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque to brighten the scene in Colima Lime Green. As our Autobytel 2012 Luxury SUV of the Year, the key to the Evoque is fun and in green, it says that it will travel over hill and dale to get you to your pot of gold.
2012 Hyundai Veloster - Electrolyte Green
Our Autobytel 2012 Car of the Year was none other than the sprite known as the 2012 Hyundai Veloster, which takes the green of the Ford Fiesta and takes it up a notch by showing off its fine lines in Electrolyte Green. This 3-door surprise edges the line between the flashy high-performance, track ready cars that cost 3 times as much and the practical world that it serves to excite. It just is that awesome in its own lucky green.
2012 Tesla Roadster - Lightning Green
Speaking of flashy high-performance, track ready cars ... how about one that is 5 times the price of the Hyundai Veloster but is entirely electric? The 2011 Tesla Roadster does come in a traditional British Racing Green but who wants tradition if you are telling the whole world that you are off the oil and at the same time can be in a spine-tingling Lightening Green? This car screams, "I am green. I am fast. And, I am green."
2011 Lotus Elise - Lifestyle Isotope Green
Not to be left behind by its electrical sibling, the Tesla Roadster, the 2011 Lotus Elise is the older child who shows off a more affordable side of good design in Lifestyle Isotope Green. While Tesla may have a marketing better adept at giving sexy to car colors, the Lotus is the bones of the family (loosely related family if you ask the parents). At about half of what a Roadster will set you back, the Elise is the track car of choice for hard-working Leprechauns everywhere.
2012 Jeep Wrangler - Gecko Pearlcoat
This picture may look like a European-only Mountain Edition Wrangler - because it is - but the vibrant Gecko Pearlcoat color on this 2012 Jeep Wrangler is available in the U.S.A. Not to be camo-ed with darker shades that sneak through the wilderness, the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited can hit the dunes of Glamis with the best of the motocrossing Leprechauns and still look lucky.
2012 Kia Soul - Alien Green
Is this Hamsters versus Leprechauns? The coy upstart known as the 2012 Kia Soul is selling like hotcakes, and while it may not be from Roswell or Area 51, it creates its own atmosphere in Alien Green. Refreshed for this year, it is far out-hipping its predecessor, the Scion xB. It must be the Luck of the Irish that has given this cool, green-wearing boxy-charmer its extra boost. Dare we say, Hamsters +1?
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 - Gotta Have It Green Metallic
The name says it all: Gotta Have it Green is the St. Paddy's Day pick of all of the Bosses. The 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 one cool way to race to the end of the rainbow. You may not be very inconspicuous but you will get there super-fast and in heritage worthy muscle car style. And with 444-hp, you might have to be careful to not overshoot that pot of gold.
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 was Autobytel's 2012 Sports Car of the Year.
2012 Porsche Cayman R - Peridot Metallic
Peridot is the birthstone for those fair-maidens born in August but Peridot Metaliic is the winning color that sends the 2012 Porsche Cayman R to a level of style that gets respect for the speed-demons who appreciate the value in this sports car. It is said in legends that the King of the Leprechauns bumps around in this 330hp rush of energy and it frankly is not surprising. Who doesn't love the iconic styling and the attainable price that a Cayman can offer?
2012 Toyota Sienna South Pacific Pearl or Cypress Pearl
Little know fact: when the Toyota Sienna was first imported to South Korea, it was made in the United States and the very first one to arrive was the green known as South Pacific Pearl. While it is not a popular car color for the Swag Wagon, it is the only model in the family-oriented van category that comes in a shade of green. This green-machine will carry up to seven Leprechauns.
2011 Dodge Challenger R/T - Green with Envy
If you think that you Gotta Have It and actually can, the Green With Envy 2011 Dodge Challenger is a true Shamrock Green color that leaves the competitors in the dust. Accented with rally stripes, this green is inspired by the Challenger's retro roots but bursts through time and looks entirely modern. MOPAR loving Leprechauns everywhere love to get lucky in this car.
2012 Lamborghini Gallardo - Verde Ithaca Pearl Effect
If your budget goes just shy of having $300,000.00 to drop on a ride, the Lamborghini Gallardo will fill your need to have a high-speed, all-wheel driving experience and comes in a fetching shade that, while closer to lime green, is called Verde Ithaca Pearl Effect after the Grecian home of Odysseus. This is a legendary color for Lamborgini and is an hommage to the Miura featured on Page One of this article.
2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Get your color wheel and paint brush out for this one! When it comes to the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, it really is only a question of what color your money is. The Flying Spur can be had in a full spectrum of shades of green: 16 in all. If you have a Leprechaun to drive you around, this is the perfect solution for a chaffeur-driven luxury sedan to make that St. Paddy's Day pub crawl.