By on March 14, 2016

2016 Dodges in Go Mango

The paint — erm, act could be wearing thin.

In its latest nod to the heady and far-out past, Dodge will let you have your Challenger or Charger SRT 392 or Hellcat in its newest resurrected color, “Go Mango.”

Joining other blast-from-the-past(els) like “Plum Crazy,” Go Mango was offered for the first time on the 1970 Challenger — a legendary car from a truly great year, assuming you weren’t in Vietnam or a Jimi Hendrix fan.

If paint color has been holding you back from shelling out dough on a 707-horsepower car, the wait is over. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says dealers can start taking orders immediately.

If some unlucky soul were to have traveled forward in time from 1970 (assuming they weren’t looking for surgery), the word “Fiat” in the company’s title probably wouldn’t be the only shocking thing about life in 2016.

In 1970, the Charger was strictly a two-door, but there were four other Dodge sedans to choose from: Monaco, Coronet, Polara and Dart. And the Dart actually sold, as opposed to being such a anchor that its parent is trying to have it adopted.

It’s an odd situation when a mainstream automaker finds itself only really satisfying the large (and fast) end of the market, but that’s where we are, at least until another automaker starts cranking out modern-day versions of the midsize Spirit or Stratus for FCA.

Still, if your best memories are from the pre-Environmental Protection Agency days of big displacement, big fuel consumption and big sideburns, chances are a classic nameplate mixed with retro colors and a huge horsepower figure is going to make you feel mighty happy.

And that makes you … Dodge Material.

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67 Comments on “If You Can Handle a Color From 1970, You Could Be Dodge Material...”


  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    I approve of this color.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    I prefer that bright green color.

    Used to have a Testors 71 Cuda in bright green, that I wasn’t able to build well because I was like 10 years old.

  • avatar
    healthy skeptic

    Give me any of these retro colors any day over the current long-running trend of boring grayscale car colors. It’s like someone decided to turn down the color knob on cars for the past 15 years. Whatever “colors” were offered were so muted they barely seem to deviate from gray.

  • avatar
    AlfaRomasochist

    I always loved Plum Crazy, aka “Statutory Grape”.

  • avatar
    319583076

    File to: “Lipstick on a pig”

  • avatar
    Kevin Jaeger

    I think the color looks great. Fun cars should be available in fun colors.

  • avatar

    Imagine the nerve. Dodge has the audacity to offer something other than silver, grey, black or white. Next thing you know other cars will be also be available in interesting colors. This is a truly frightening trend.

  • avatar
    Chi-One

    Well, in ’70 I was in Nam and was a Hendrix fan. I guess that’s why last year I bought a black ’13 Challenger R/T and in January I traded it in on a ’16 Plum Crazy R/T that I ordered built.:)

  • avatar
    fr88

    Congrats to Dodge for offering COLOR! I am so sick of the palette of colors offered on current cars. Most every car offers five or six dull shades of dirt plus a single red offering for their more daring customers. The more color the better! Lead the way. Dodge!

    (And don’t get me started on most current interior color choices, or the utter lack of any if you don’t want beige, or mostly black {or all black} for any other selection. Yawn!)

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      You’re conveniently excluding the variety of colors available on compacts and subcompacts.

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        But then you have to buy a Mirage!

        Nobody should buy a Mirage.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Some more “special” cars have fun colors and aren’t retro high-end or subcompact punishment. The Beetle, Mini, and FJ Cruiser, as well as the Element were all available in funsies colors.

          Plus, the Germans will paint it whatever color you desire, it’s right in the brochure.

      • 0 avatar
        Russycle

        Dr. Z, you should modify that to SOME compacts and subs. A lot of them only come in Bland.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          Why should I modify it? I said there’s a number of colors _available_. I never specified how many of them actually come in those colors. As you pointed out, there are more than a few rental fleets of Fiesta Ss in black or white.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      we had a Mercedes S-Class come through (which was white) and on a lark I looked up the brochure. The paint colors offered are four blacks, four silvers, two whites, and a couple each greens and blues which are so dark they might as well be black.

      Jee-zus.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        That’s largely the fault of the conspicuous consumption crowd and their desire for “understated elegance”.

        You can probably find more than a few articles out there in cyber land discussing a connection between buyer social status and wealth and the colors they prefer (along with the usual personality preference for certain colors).

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Think about it though. The S-Class has always been a large car concerned with dignity. It was never available in brash colors.

        Dark green
        Dark blue
        Black
        Silver
        White
        Yellow
        Brown

        That’s about it.

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Which generation of S-Class are we talking about? They switched the focus from private ownership to livery service with the 1991 model. I remember some beautiful colors in the 80s (emerald, metallic sky blue, etc), but not after that.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Those colors were still not quite hooligan orange or lime away green!

          • 0 avatar
            Roberto Esponja

            I remember 450 SEL’s (series 116) in some gag-inducing colors. I think it was when the subsequent series 126 S Class came out circa 1981, that they “stopped the insanity”.

      • 0 avatar
        S1L1SC

        Actually both BMW and Mercedes will paint your car just about any color you want (at least on the higher trim levels) – payment due up front, custom order through your dealer, pay retail + $5,000+ custom order paint charge.

        BMW individual is the better known part of that, BMW Individual Manufaktur is the fully custom option arm.

        http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/explore/individual_2014/manufacture.html

  • avatar
    IAhawkeye

    I gotta disagree I’m young anf absolutely love the colors Dodge offers. The purple probably taking the award as my favorite. Automakers make way too many grays and silvers.

    If I had to choose my favorite colors an automaker has came out with in the recent past. I think Gotta Have it Green and Grabber Blue Mustangs are absolutely sick looking.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    In general FCA seems better than most other automakers in offering colour choices, inside and out. The 300 has navy blue leather available inside, and forest green mettalic outside this year. And the Fiat 500 has way more colour options than its competitors.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      But as is typical, only the base 500 Pop is available in a bunch of colors. As you go up the line, the color choices get fewer and more boring.

      Same with the 2-series – 228i, 11-12 colors. M235i, 6-7. Sooo annoying.

      Had I been able, my M235i would be Valencia Orange, though Estoril Blue isn’t bad as a second choice.

      Kudos to Chrysler!

      • 0 avatar
        S1L1SC

        Not true…

        http://www.bmw.com/com/en/insights/explore/individual_2014/manufacture.html
        Pick your color – but comes at a $5,000+ premium

        • 0 avatar
          krhodes1

          Individual is NOT offered on the 2-series in the US (or anywhere else, for that matter). I think the lowliest non-M BMW that does offer it is the 5-series.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            The part on Top Gear where they talked about this subject always cracks me up.

            “For five thousand pounds, Audi will paint your car in any color on this chart.”
            “That’s just a spectrum.”
            “Yes.”
            “Oh, sir would like his car in visible light, would he?”

  • avatar

    STUPID ME brought the HELLCAT in RUBY RED…

    O well…

    I wanted Black but they didn’t have it. The last one sold for $110,000 (I made a video about it) They lied to me and told me $90,000 to get me to come in.

    One of my friends got a Purple Hellcat with the big Hellcat logo on the side.

    THESE COLORS ARE RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Go Man Go, or go home.

  • avatar
    Cabriolet

    Finally some good colors. I would take mine in Orange or English Racing Green. (Had a Orange SAAB Sonett years ago. Loved that color.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Not for me (I prefer dark colors), but I can appreciate the variety.

    Don’t forget that the dealer is the real customer and (for cars that aren’t targeted at paunchy mustached guys reliving their high school years) will complain if they get any configuration other than the very easiest to sell.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    These retro colors are great. I missed the big displacement era by a decade but I love the cars from the muscle era. Kudos to Chrysler for bringing back the colors and (mostly) the cars. If one could treat the Challenger like a CAD drawing and reduce its size by 15%…..

  • avatar
    1998redwagon

    orange and mango are my favorite colors for muscle cars. would love to get it with a dull white stripe ….

  • avatar
    jrrvrr

    The Grabber Blue 2010+ Stangs are nice and hold up well. See them long way off.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Ford has a few good colors for the Mustang the S-197 and later Mustangs. “Got To Have It Green” was a neat color. A sort of pastel green with fine gold flake in it.

      Pictures didn’t do the color justice since the gold fake wasn’t picked up well by the camera but in person on a sunny day made the color pop like crazy.

      Along with Grabber Blue they also have (or had, the GT350 for 2017 doesn’t have it anymore) Competition Orange.

  • avatar
    SnarkyRichard

    The Synergy green Camaros are a good color as are dark green of the Bullet Mustangs . But I would really like to see the return of light metallic blue on more cars . It’s a shame when you can only find it on late model Hyundais . Most of them having the awful tan interiors .

  • avatar
    55_wrench

    Back in 1974 I put ’68 Camaro tail lights in my 1965 Monza coupe, then resprayed it in Panther Pink.

    People either loved it or hated it.

    No pix exist of the car and it probably got crushed, but I had loads of good times plus a couple of cross country road trips.

    I still miss it!

  • avatar
    05lgt

    I was all of 6 in 70, but a Go Mango Hemi Challenger was one of the first cars other than “ours” that I took notice of beyond it being a car. It *trounced* the GTO that rev’ed at it.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Works for me!

    (Still, give me a Mustang GT in Competition Orange)

  • avatar
    JMII

    This Le Mans Sunset 350Z owner approves! We often simply refer to my Z as “orange car”. The newer Z’s were actually available in two versions of orange: mine is a kind of a metallic rust or copper color while the other is a flat, safety vest or creamsicle orange called “Solar Orange”.

  • avatar
    skor

    I was a small boy when Mopar was producing cars in colors such as ‘Plum Crazy’. Now when I see a new Challenger painted in those retro colors, it puts a smile on my face and takes me back to my 70s childhood…..not that I’d actually buy one, but they do make me smile.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “at least until another automaker starts cranking out modern-day versions of the midsize Spirit or Stratus for FCA.”

    God no!

    Other than that, I like how they’re offering these colors. They’re fun and retro – which is what the cars they’re putting them on are mostly about. Plus it gives them something to talk about in PR stuff, and a reason for (a few) people to shell out for a special edition or limited release paint color.

  • avatar
    JimInRadfordVA

    I seem to recall that back in the day one of the proposed colors was “Statutory Grape”. Naturally, the suits had a field day with that one and we got “Plum Crazy”.

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    I take delivery of my special-ordered 2016 Challenger SXT Plus in Plum Crazy on March 20.
    Had to buy the home/garage first!

  • avatar
    TMA1

    I hope B5 Blue sticks around for another year.

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    Bought my Challenger in B5 Blue, another heritage color. Almost went Plum Crazy but I just liked the B5 too damn much. The Boss I had was School Bus Yellow. Yeah, I don’t like boring colors.

  • avatar
    Von

    If I had 707HP, the color of the car would be low on the care meter.

    • 0 avatar
      IHateCars

      Spending this kinda cheddar, colour would have to be palatable though. Personally, I’d take the Challenger over the Charger, especially in Hellcat form. Just a better looking car.

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