Auto shows are loud.  After hearing nothing but marketing buzzwords for a whole day, your ears will want to fold up and slide back into your head.  Your eyeballs will be getting an earful too; the show floor is a battleground for attention and a shiny new coat of paint is the oldest play in the book.  But which attention-getting colors would actually look good on your car?  Let’s have a look at the best shades seen at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

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BMW M2 in Long Beach Blue Metallic.  This is the best blue.  Look how it gracefully slips from the aqua highlights into deep shadows.  The perfect M color.  The end.

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Koenigsegg Regera.  Not sure what real life comic book villain Christian Von Koenigsegg would call this gorgeous shade of red, but it’s deeper than the Mariana Trench.

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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is the “classy” 911, especially in this exceptionally refined shade of light blue meets battleship grey.  Porsche calls the shade “Graphite Blue Metallic”.  Unngh.  I honestly can’t think of a car that couldn’t wear this color.

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There was a time that any fast car seemingly had to be offered in an unfortunate shade that can only be described as – forgive me – Pussy Magnet Yellow.  It’s as gross as it sounds.  (That time still lives on in your local Corvette dealership.)  Thankfully here we have the new Audi R8 Spyder, a bona fide supercar, wearing a more respectable shade of yellow with a bit of depth thanks to the richer orange tones in the shadows.

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Even though I’m a sucker for orange, there are still ways to do it wrong.  Here’s one that manages to look fresh.  The new Porsche 718 Boxster.  Tasty.

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Last but not least, the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R M-spec Nür.  Straight out of your video game fantasies.  This Nissan museum example is painted an incredible shade of gold/green they call Silica Brass.  Most people will say the wheels match the body color, but they don’t.  They have a tiny bit less green.  Makes all the difference.  Love this car.