What's Better For Standing Out in Any Crowd - Monochromatic or Colored Vehicles?

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Today, we are going to talk about colors in the aftermarket world. Why is that? Well, because changing color is the simplest mod anyone can attempt – and also one of the safest. However…
If you ask around, the most popular shade in America – in most states – is white. This is the lightest color and is achromatic – it has no hue. You see it everywhere around you, thanks to snow, chalk, or milk. The white objects fully reflect and scatter all the visible wavelengths of light, making it great in the summer to repel the sun's burning rays. Interestingly, TV and computer screens create white from a careful mixture of red, blue, and green light. Oh, and one last thing – white is the opposite of black.

Speaking of the latter, it's usually the second most popular color for cars in America, followed by gray and silver, for example. Of course, if you ask a different source, gray may come on top, followed by the other three. Anyway, one thing is for sure – people aren't traditionally attracted to pop-out colors. So, how do you keep it classic when you don't want to stand out in the wrong kind of crowd, and how do you conquer the world by simply appearing in your ride of choice?

Elementary, my dear Watson, says Sherlock (car) Holmes. You take the road shown by the aftermarket realm. However, it will be easier to explain everything and why I think color is the ultimate flex when you're doing it right, with a few examples from Forgiato, a well-known outlet from California. Sure, one could say they're not a good model since they dabble with aftermarket forged wheels. But here's the thing.

They are so famous that everyone wants to work with them, so they just bundle the projects created by many other aftermarket outlets on social media. As such, an aggregator is a great way to illustrate an opinion all of a sudden, right? So, let's get started then, and we'll draw a conclusion at the end to answer a straightforward question: Is it better to go monochromatic, or is a wildly colored car way cooler?

If you want a mix of two of the most popular colors out there – black and white, Luxury Auto Collection from Scottsdale, Arizona, recently prepared a Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster dressed to impress and riding on matching Forgi wheels. Yes, we know the GT Roadster is obsolete due to the arrival of the AMG SL – but it's still an impressive sports car with the right combination of aftermarket upgrades.

Secondly, an all-black Ram 1500 TRX runs on high heels and doesn't even show it – the suspension work is making the 26-inch Forgiato wheels look like OEM pieces from afar. Only they're not, as hinted by the only spec of color – the custom red cap. It's too bad the TRX is biting the dust after the 2024 model year, with the 2025 Ram 1500 RHO already feeling underwhelming with its 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six turbo mill sporting just 540 ponies.

Thirdly, a Mercedes S-Class is always welcomed in any car-related discussion, especially if it is dressed from top to bottom in gray. Kim Kardashian made this hue famous, of course, but it was a popular setup even before that. The most important thing is to have everything dressed in the same hue, including the stock black plastic bits and the chrome details. This shade and its monochromatic appearance will probably never grow old, and we'll see the combination for decades to come.

Fourth, the good folks over at Road Show International in Atlanta, Georgia, which sell, design, and service the rides of pro athletes, music industry icons, and anyone else who has the money to afford their services, recently created a Brabus 800 build based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63. This one was dressed in Satin White Pearl and featured the complete Widestar package from the German tuner. However, the appearance attracts the most attention, not the horsepower – given the contrast between the white body, accents, wheels, and carbon fiber parts.

Last but not least, our monochromatic list wouldn't be complete without a Maybach and a Rolls, right? Well, the New York-based automotive design workshop Abushi did its best to make a Mercedes-Maybach GLS riding on 24-inch aftermarket wheels a sight to behold, and all in a fancy shade of cream. Note how the chrome details are still in place, which makes that an interesting contrast with the light shade of the body and wheels. Also, there's a Cullinan from the same outlet, Abushi, that is all white everywhere on the outside but doesn't shy from a hidden pop of color – half the waterfall grille has the slats painted orange.

As you can see, the aftermarket realm has become so great at its job that even monochromatic vehicles seem different from each other – all thanks to the power of details. Well, suppose the devil is in the details with the vehicles that usually deploy one primary color on the cars. In that case, there's an entire army of craziness surrounding pop-out-colored vehicles. And we have examples from that category, too.

K&A Customs from Dearborn, Michigan, naturally worked on a heavily-lifted Ford F-150 riding on 26-inch deep-dish Forgiatos. But that is no ordinary F-Series; instead, we are looking at a pink-and-blue (or purple and turquoise?) full-size pickup truck. Now, I wonder if anyone sane would dare venture on a construction site with this as their daily workhorse – I suppose the guys and gals would have a field day coming up with innovative jokes to make the driver feel like they're on cloud number nine… reversed.

There are a variety of other vehicles worthy of running amock crying our outrage, frankly, like a minty G 63 or a white-and-green Lambo, among many others. But I just have to say that usually, a Chevy Caprice 'donk' should be treated with more respect than the one spotted by Whips by Wade at an event – the Caprice sedan actually looks excellent on 26s. Still, the rose-pink hue of the Forgiatos just doesn't mix well with the maroon on the body and the crimson on the velour top! Yikes, that's one odd combo.

In the end, I think that – although I personally like monochromatic apparitions more, you can also play with pop-up colors if you want to. Just one piece of advice: seek professional counsel and get those details as correctly as possible. Otherwise, you're going to be the butt of jokes all day and night long!

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About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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