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Viper Green Was North America’s Favorite Volkswagen Spektrum Program Colour


  • The cool green colour was tops in Canada and the US.

  • The Spektrum program ran from late 2017 until early 2019 in Canada.

  • Both the Golf R and e-Golf were eligible for the optional colours.


Unlike the US, Canada got two model years of the Volkswagen Golf R and three of the e-Golf available in the 40 unique colours offered through the Volkswagen Spektrum Program. Like the US, Canada opted most often for Viper Green.

Volkswagen Canada Cuts The Spektrum Colour Program From The Golf R And Tells No One.

The result is slightly skewed as Viper Green is tied in first place with Dark Violet Pearl. In fact, the latter outsold the Green by one unit and the opposite is true for the e-Golf. Ginster Yellow, another popular shade in the US, comes in third in Canada if mostly because it was the #1 colour for the e-Golf. Strangely, Nogaro Blue Pearl did well in the US, but found no takers in Canada.

2019 Volkswagen Golf R Ginster Yellow | Photo: Volkswagen

Of the 40 shades, eight were selected only once in the country including Traffic Purple, Bordeaux Red Pearl, and Reseda Green. Mark our words, these Golf Rs may command a slight premium over other MK7 Golf Rs in the future, much like they did when ordered new. On that subject, the cost for the Volkswagen Spektrum Program was $2,5000 in the US, $2,995 in Canada.

2018 Volkswagen Golf R
2018 Volkswagen Golf R Dark Violet Pearl | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The extra process to paint these cars, as described by carscoops, involved taking the cars from the main factory floor in Wolfsburg and taking them to the specialized building where they were hand-painted.

Volkswagen’s press release explains the origins of some of the colours:

“Several of the colors were homages to significant Volkswagen vehicles through history. Among them, Mars Red pays tribute to the first hot hatch offered by the brand—the Mk1 Golf GTI—while the popular Ginster Yellow recalls the Mk3 Driver’s Edition GTI from 1997. Also returning from a run on that same car is Jazz Blue Pearl, which also appeared on the Mk4 20th Anniversary GTI. Those very much in the know will also remember Ginster Yellow as one of the four colors on the uniquely-painted Harlequin Golf Mk3.”

As for Viper Green, it debuted in 2008 on the Volkswagen Scirocco, one of the many forbidden VW fruits. Thankfully, the MK8 Golf R will return in the near future.

2019 Volkswagen Golf colors

 

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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