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Red Mustang Colors & Paint Codes

The Red Mustang has been the most iconic color in Mustang history. Check out our article detailing the different red Mustang paint colors from 1979-present.

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There’s a reason that Ford Mustangs in a red paint scheme bring the most attention to enthusiasts. There are so many red variances to choose from, so we at LMR have compiled a list of 1979-current paint codes and which year Mustangs they were available on. We also go into further detail into select iconic red colors to explain their impact on the Mustang community.


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1979-2023 MUSTANG RED COLORS

 
Paint CodePaint NameYears Available
2P, 27, 21, EPBright Red1979-83, 1985-86, 1989, 1991-93
2HRed Glow1979
24, EMRed (Medium Red)1981-83, 1991-92
2EBright Canyon Red1984
2AMedium Canyon Red1984-86
2DScarlet Red1987-88
2H, EHCabernet Red (Medium Cabernet)1987-89, 1990
ELWild Strawberry1990-92
ESVibrant Red1992-95
EGElectric Red1993
E8Rio Red1994-99
E9Laser Red1994-02
ESPerformance Red1999-01
D3Torch Red2002-10
G2Redfire2003-07
FXCrimson Red2004
JVDark Candy Apple Red2008-09
U6Red Candy2010-13
PQRace Red2011-23
UZLava Red2012
RRRuby Red2014-19
R3Royal Crimson2018
D4Rapid Red2020-23

Best Shades Of Mustang Red

LASER RED | 1994-2002

Being released on 1994-02’ models, this 8-year run of this unique color provided a special touch to SN95s by adding a slightly darker shade of red.

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TORCH RED | 2002-2010

This color was released on 2002-10’ models and is a very common color with SN95 and S197 Mustang owners. The reason is that it provides a classic look to more modern Mustang styles.

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REDFIRE RED | 2003-2007

Being released on 2003-07’ Mustangs, Redfire was known as being a more “mature” color because of its darker shade, but still providing an aggressive look. This gives owners a nice low-profile look that many enthusiasts look for.

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RACE RED | 2011-2023

This color has been used in all years from 2011-22'! It provides such a pure red color that is almost brighter than torch red and really pairs with the performance of the Coyote Engine.

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LAVA RED | 2012

Lava Red is, in our opinion, one of the most intriguing hues to ever grace the Mustang chassis. Lava red has a purple tinge to it because it is so dark red. While it appears black in low light, the lava red really pops in direct sunlight. The official term for this color is lava red metallic, and it was only available on 2012 Mustang models. We hope to see it make another appearance in the coming years!

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RUBY RED | 2014-2019

Being used on 2014-19’ year models, it is very similar to the redfire color but slightly darker. The metallic tinted clearcoat gives it that shine that’s not too bright or dull to keep the aggressive look.

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Rapid Red | 2020-2023

Available on 2020-22 Mustangs, this metallic paint is a perfect mix of Race Red and Ruby Red which provides a great variance of color depending on how the light hits it. 

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