This once proud, biweekly column has been on a bit of a hiatus since its writer was stricken with extreme disappointment and even a spot of boredom by the announcement that the only changes to the 2021 Corvette color palette would be swapping in a new hue for the ancient Blade Silver, and discontinuing the ‘Vette’s best metallic red since 2003 for another, lesser maroon. Both of these new variations will be nearly imperceptible to people who don’t count themselves among the most die-hard Corvette connoisseurs but relief from my doldrums arrived last Friday on the wings of an inspired pair of Italian people-haulers that take “colors that we want to see” back to square one.
Alfa Romeo, much like Corvette, suffers from being typecast as a “red” car but the former is taking steps to broaden their brand’s horizons in a big way with Montreal Green, a gorgeous shade that was announced along with a host of improvements to the as hard to spell as it is to pronounce Quadrifoglio trim levels of their Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.
In Corvette terms, Alfa’s colorful homage to the beautiful (that almost goes without saying doesn’t it?) two-door 1971-77 Montreal strikes us as most similar to C5 Fairway Green Metallic, though it gives off more of a high-end emerald vibe with some added blue undertones.
Such a color strikes a nice balance between the first two GM greens that were featured in this column, the dark forest Rally Green shade and the in-your-face Krypton Green. It keeps the best parts of both of those paints with a bright, metallic finish that should be a hit with people looking for a classy finish for their C8 and the folks who are leaning more towards an exotic look and it could fill the most glaring omission on the C8’s color wheel in the process.
This is the green we have been waiting for and seeing as Alfa’s current plans only include rolling this color out in Europe, the Corvette team could do something very similar without the embarrassment of looking like copycats.
What do you think, Corvette Nation? Are you green with envy for Alfa’s new paint or are you waiting for another specific color to come to market?