Car News: Oversteer
I Spotted This Range Rover With Color-Changing Paint
About two years ago, I was walking around on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on Fifth Avenue, near the Guggenheim Museum, when I spotted this thing: a brand-new Range Rover Autobiography with color-changing paint. Since then, I've had several friends see it and send me pictures of it. No matter how many times I see this thing, it never really starts to look normal.
It's especially odd when you see it in person, because the color actually moves as you change your viewing angle. In the picture above, the rear looks yellowish, while the front is greenish-blue; and it all changes depending on where you're standing. This paint treatment -- called "Chroma-Flair" -- has existed for several years now, and you occasionally see it on highly customized tuner cars.
But here's the crazy thing: On the Range Rover, it's a factory color. Yes, that's right: The Range Rover you see above was painted this way by the Land Rover factory before it got shipped off to the proud new owner (who, oddly, added giant driving lights to the roof rails). I say this with certainty because Land Rover announced, when the Range Rover was new, that they'd be offering this paint as a factory color -- and I remembering finding it on the Range Rover configurator and staring at it, in gaping-mouthed awe.
Unfortunately, I've returned to the Range Rover configurator today to prove myself, and the color is no longer present -- although there are a series of two-tone colors that inexplicably add $23,000 to the price of the Range Rover, and another series that adds $18,000 extra. Perhaps the "Chroma-Flair" color has gone away because this person in Manhattan is the only one ever to order this color, presumably against the advice of their dealer.
With all this said, I must admit that the color is a bit of a thrill to see in person. I only hope that the Range Rover is driven carefully -- as I can only begin to imagine the process of repairing this paint if this car was scratched.