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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 1979-2022.

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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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1979-2022 MUSTANG Red COLORS

Paint Code Paint Name Years Available
2P, 27, 21, EP Bright Red 1979-83, 1985-86, 1989, 1991-93
2H Red Glow 1979
24, EM Red (Medium Red) 1981-83, 1991-92
2E Bright Canyon Red 1984
2A Medium Canyon Red 1984-86
2D Scarlet Red 1987-88
2H, EH Cabernet Red (Medium Cabernet) 1987-89, 1990
EL Wild Strawberry 1990-92
ES Vibrant Red 1992-95
EG Electric Red 1993
E8 Rio Red 1994-99
E9 Laser Red 1994-02
ES Performance Red 1999-01
D3 Torch Red 2002-10
G2 Redfire 2003-07
FX Crimson Red 2004
JV Dark Candy Apple Red 2008-09
U6 Red Candy 2010-13
PQ Race Red 2011-22
UZ Lava Red 2012
RR Ruby Red 2014-19
R3 Royal Crimson 2018
D4 Rapid Red 2020-22

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 SN95’s 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 | 2011-2022

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 | 2020-2022

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. Explore our other articles to view all 2020 & 2021 Mustang color options!

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