There isn’t, in the current state of the automotive world, as much color on cars as there should be, with automakers prioritizing things like “sales” to try and justify why customers can have any color they want as long as it’s white, black or a shade of gray. Infiniti said Tuesday that they have a new color that is not white, black or gray. Of course it will be “extremely rare” because let’s not get too out of hand. But: Black Opal Metallic it’s called and it will be on some 2023 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400s.
The color of the car changes depending on the lighting and viewing angle, says Infiniti. For example, the color in the top photo looks green to my eyes, while up close it looks more like a sparkling purplish greenish black:
While in this photo it actually looks black or dark purple.
The color is inspired by opals, as you may have guessed, which Infiniti informs me is “mineraloid formed from hydrated silica”, with the black versions most commonly found in Australia. This version of the Q50 will actually be called the Black Opal Edition, and the badges will also be black on the back. A carbon spoiler, on the other hand, is intended to make the car more pleasant to look at.
The whole package also costs an additional $2,200, assuming you’re good enough friends with your local Infiniti dealer to even buy one of these rare and highly sought-after cars (at least one of those things is true).
You may also remember the purple on a certain other car in Nissan’s history, which is very intentional, as Infiniti says this purple is indeed Midnight Purple. The Q50, meanwhile, is still in the first generation, now almost ten years old. This new color might be trying to distract you from that, or maybe even a hint that a bigger update is on the way.