[POLL] What Should Replace Sebring Orange on the C8 Color Palette?


[POLL] What Should Replace Sebring Orange on the C8 Color Palette?

Photo Credit: Forgiato Wheels

We have officially entered the offseason! 2021 Corvettes are on the ground so we can kick-off the great 2022 model year speculation and information hunt. The big news of the week came on Wednesday when our founder learned that Chevrolet plans to send three Corvette colors out to pasture after the C8’s sophomore campaign.

Shadow Gray is the first of the shades that are on their last legs. This is to be expected; the Corvette team rarely sticks with a dark metallic gray for long, but there is always a replacement waiting in the “shadows.” In recent memory, Cyber Gray was one of the colors that made the jump from C6 to C7 in 2014. Shark Gray was handed the torch in 2015 and was replaced by Watkins Glen Gray for the 2017 model year. Shadow Gray stepped in for the final year of C7 production and has carried on for the two inaugural years of the mid-engine C8’s run. The odds of another, very similar hue being swapped in for Shadow Gray is extremely high. Expect an all-new metallic gray tone to be introduced in 2022, but if Chevrolet is in the mood for some recycling, we would cast our vote for a Cyber Gray encore.

Zeus Bronze is the next color on the chopping block. We are sad to see the Stingray’s most unique color go after just two model years. It would have been incredible to see the classy metallic brown on at least one Z06 next year, but alas, it is not to be. It is anyone’s guess as to what Zeus’ “scab” color will be. We could see GM going exotic here. “Skittles” colors like Accelerate Yellow and especially Rapid Blue have enjoyed great success thus far in C8 ordering. Check out the configurators of McLaren and Lamborghini for an idea of the free-agent color that the Corvette team will sign to fill this vacancy. To really fill Zeus’ shoes, it needs to be out of the box, like a good purple!

That brings us to Sebring Orange. The C7 ZR1’s signature tintcoat was retained for C8 duty, where it wound up just off the podium as the 4th most popular color in 2020. This makes it by far the most chosen hue that will be shown the door before Bowling Green starts pushing ‘22s down the production line. Even though it hasn’t been a regular in the Plastic Fantastic’s color rotation, we believe Sebring Orange will be given a direct successor. We have covered this before, but orange is one of the hottest colors in the performance car world right now, and we don’t see GM turning their back on this trend for the C8’s third year on the market.

Our question for you, dear readers, is which shade of orange would you like to see plugged-in to the 2022 Corvette exterior color palette? Orange might not be the most common color in Corvette history, but it is one of the exterior paints that inspires the most passion amongst those who fly its flashy flag.

In order of when they first appeared in showrooms, here are the options that we have selected for you, Corvette Nation:

Hugger Orange:
Whether it is listed as Hugger Orange, Monaco Orange, or Carousel Red, we love this color! It is one of the best paints in automotive history, and if you want to see how great the colors that it inspired look on modern US performance machines, take a look at a 2014 Viper TA in TA/Header Orange or the 2020 Shelby GT500 in Twister Orange. Needless to say, we think the C8 needs this color at some point, but there are a lot of other strong contenders.

1969 Corvette in Monaco Orange

Daytona Sunset / Sunrise Orange:
These similar (but not identical!) oranges graced early C6 and C7 Corvettes, respectively. We put them together because of 1. their names and 2. their intention of capturing the beauty of the sun on the horizon. In a perfect world, one of these two would be tapped as the replacement for Zeus Bronze, and one of the more in-your-face oranges would be featured next to it in the order guide!

2016 Corvette Z06 in Daytona Sunrise Orange

Atomic Orange:
Does one of the most divisive colors to grace America’s Sports Car in the past 20 years deserve another shot? We think so! Everyone has an opinion on Atomic Orange, and we would love to see the debate reignited for a new generation of Corvette owners! Besides, it has never been tried on a ‘Vette with so many black accents, and we want to see it!

2009 Corvette Convertible in Atomic Orange

Inferno Orange:
If Chevrolet opened the ordering floodgates in 2022 and let customers select any color in their halo car’s back catalog, your author would have a very tough time not selecting this one! It was the perfect color for the last naturally aspirated Z06; now that the model will be free-breathing again, should this color make a comeback?

2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edt in Inferno Orange

Crush Orange:
The Camaro has been running around in its own glorious shade of orange since 2019. We are fed-up with little brother hogging something that would pair so nicely with the Corvette’s exotic proportions! Word on the street is that Crush is being dropped from the Camaro’s options list for next year. Should the C8 give it a new lease on life?

2019 Camaro in Crush Orange

Another Orange:
Would you like to see the Corvette break new ground and add a new shade of orange paint that we haven’t seen yet? This Forgiato C7 Widebody below was done in Tangelo Orange

C7 Corvette in Tangelo Orange

Multiple Oranges: Do you love orange and want as many optional choices as possible? Let us know which two (we don’t want to be greedy!) you would pick in the comment section.

Give Orange a Break:
Are you ready for orange to take a sabbatical like it has so many times in the past? Post what color you’d like to see orange step aside for below.

What Should Replace Sebring Orange on the C8 Color Palette?

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  1. Good Afternoon, my request is one of historical intent. I purchased the Larson Engineering 1974 Twin Turbo Custom Widebody Corvette. Originally seen on American Pickers, Michigan Madman 2019 March episode. My historical challenge is getting more info re Bob Larson, who is the 1st Inductee of the Hot Rod Hall of Fame, Dearborn. If you have anything on him or can politely “tell me where to go”. It would be of wonderful help. FYI, 350 engine built by Carl Holbrook in 1977.

    This is a 1 off car and all of it’s maker’s history is something deserving of preserving.

  2. No more orange. Retire it for a generation. Try a green maybe, or a purple. Something new and different.

  3. Bring back Black Rose, a beautiful shade of cabernet. Accelerate Yellow sucks (too much green). Also, get rid of Torch Red (too orangey) & give us a real shade of genuine red (Lipstick Red? Ferrari Red?).

  4. “Orange” is not in my Play Book on any vehicle… except ‘maybe’ a shade of ‘red-orange’ on a sport motorcycle. Just not a color I like. I thought the Hugger Orange Camaro’s looked nice… but didn’t want one in my own driveway… The color, But the Camaro would be Just Fine!
    I have to respectfully disagree with “Section147” on the “Shades of Red”… I think the new Red Mist is GORGEOUS! Like a Candy Apple Red of the 60’s & 70’s with fine metallic mixed in for more ‘action’ in the Sunlight! But Certainly no need for ‘another’ Red added to the Red Mist and Torch Red. And White is like a “Clean Slate” for all of us creative types… Maybe a white pearlescent with a very slight blueish hue.. (smile)
    Maybe a Charcoal Grey would be a stand-in for Both Shadow Grey and Zeus Bronze… A Moderate grey with just a hint of brown… Would look Great with the Bronze Wheels… and a “Natural” tannish interior with less Yellow in it.
    But whatever… As for Orange… it doesn’t matter to me, because I would never buy it.

  5. I have an Ontario Orange ’72 and really liked the color until I parked my ’07 Atomic Orange Z06 next to it. It’s actually called Atomic Orange Metalic Tintcoat. The tintcoat detail was used on only two colors for two years at a time, then changed to a different color. It really jumps out at you in the sunlight. As for Red, there is really only one for a Corvette and that’s Torch Red.

  6. I own a Daytona Sunrise Orange C7 and I love the color. I’d like to see that color on a C8. For a brighter orange I think a candy orange metallic would look nice.

  7. Corvette should be:
    White (was the official race color early days)
    Torch red

  8. GOLD!
    My first Corvette was a Gold C4 and it was beautiful. I want them to bring back Gold.
    If not Gold then Atomic Orange.

  9. Assuming the lame Shadow Grey is replaced by a better grey (with no blue tint), the replacement for the orange can be something interesting. I’d say a bright color like Rapid Blue, whether that be orange, lime green, whatever.

    Silver Flare is a disappointment with its gold tint, so hopefully the new grey can be in the middle of silver and dark grey, otherwise we need a new pure silver, too.

  10. Another vote for purple!
    If “purple” doesn’t sound right, just call it burgundy, garnet, maroon, dark lilac, periwinkle, Bullwinkle, plum, violet, grape, eggplant, sangria, amethyst, wine, raisin(?), mulberry, boysenberry…there’s a lot of leeway in those names to allow for a nice deep, rich, classy, purple.
    Of course, names like ‘wine’ can certainly be interpreted more broadly…like maybe, “Watkins Glen Wine Mist?”

  11. Tangelo Orange metallic, for the reds bring back Victory Red!!! The Zeus Bronze needed more gold in it.

  12. Digging the Hugger Orange of old, but not on a wedge-shaped automobile like the C8. I’m an Admiral Blue guy and I hope they bring that back as an option for the Z06 since they’re not bringing back the Grand Sport (and bringing the E-Ray instead). I don’t know, maybe a dark green metallic?

  13. I have a 2016 Daytona Sunrise Orange. It’s less orange than the color that showed up in 2017 under a similar name. I have gotten more compliments on that color than anything I’ve ever had. I don’t like the latest orange. White is boring – looks like they put primer on then forgot to finish. Save the yellow for racing. A deep purple (burgundy) would be nice.

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