BoldFauxPas: A BATHING APE x Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 and Matte Pistachio at SEMA
The Minty Fresh Scion FR-S is hot, and we like it a lot. Mostly because its a Scion FR-S. But also because the body kit is tastefully sculpted to fit the FR-S's lines, the wheels have a great fitment to them with an equally killer offset, and the center and a center exit exhaust is really nice touch. The only problem with the Minty Fresh FR-S is that we could never see ourselves behind the wheel of it.
The same can be said of camouflage. Apparently camouflage is the "in" thing at the moment. So popular that Maserati-Ferrari of Hong Kong thought it would be brilliant to collaborate with A BATHING APE in ruining a Ferrari 458 GT3. To be honest (and contradictory) the 458 GT3 does look kind of cool, especially when you consider that it's a race car. From the right angle it even looks like a a fighter jet from the future. Unfortunately the A BATHING APE x Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 is not a fighter jet from the future because it's a car. A car that doubles as a fashion accessory, which is about as poser as it gets.
Speaking of trends, matte pistachio was the trend this year at SEMA. A lot of cars were rocking it, and some cars like the Minty Fresh FR-S looked really great in that color. Which is saying a lot because matte pistachio is difficult to pull off. Mainly because it's a striking shade that instantly draws attention to poor body work, and huge panel gaps.
But the most worrying thing about these flamboyant colors is that OEM manufacturers often have the bright idea of trying offer them as "cool" color options to customers. It would be cool if matte pistachio was offered on a road going version of the the Falken 911 GT3RS, or Koenigsegg built a race car and wrapped that in camouflage. But chances are neither company will, because Porsche and Koenigsegg don't play like that.
The Minty Fresh FR-S's flawless paint job would likely end up on a Kia, or some awkwardly styled pseudo-luxury car from America, Japan or Korea. Matte pistachio is like pink (salmon) on a man. It's a cool idea and generally makes a handsome devil even more of a handsome devil, but it takes a lot of swagger to pull it off. Or think of it this way; a pink Miata is effeminate, a pink 1,000 hp Ford GT raises awareness for breast cancer at 200 mph.
Once again this shouldn't take away from the amazing work that Chris Basselgia and his team put into the Minty Fresh FR-S ahead of SEMA. This is just us begging the public to not buy a matte pistachio car off the showroom floor, or decide to get creative when their hoop-dee needs a respray.
Oh, and props to NIGO for ruining another piece of priceless automotive pornography. Thanks for that.
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Photo credit: Freshnessmag, Scion