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Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST Ignites Debate

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Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST

The Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST

Editor’s note: Cat Hiles is a British transplant. Her articles should be read in a quippy British accent.

The color of the car you drive says a lot about you. My car is bright green, which tells you I am awesome. Obviously. But if you drive a Ford—specifically a Focus ST—you’re probably utterly confused as to what your color choice says about you. Let’s just say that whoever designs and names certain Ford car colors must live a life full of confusion and hostility.

The debate about the Ford Focus ST began at work one fall morning. I was discussing sporty hatchbacks with my friend, Brad—as you do—when he informed me that he would quite like to own a Focus ST. The conversation went something like this:

Cat: As long as you don’t pick that terrible yellow-colored one.

Brad: You mean orange.

Cat: It’s yellow.

Brad: It’s orange.

Fast-forward at least four months, and the great debate is still raging on. Both Brad and I have involved numerous coworkers in our disagreement, and we each have people in our corners. We agreed that the car has hues of both yellow and orange, although he still says that, in his opinion, the car is primarily orange. To me, there’s no question to the innate yellowness of this vehicle.

Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST

The world may never know the true color.


So let’s go directly to the manufacturer. The car color is, in fact, called “Tangerine Scream.” To Brad, this is unequivocal proof that the car is orange (even though it’s not). To me, it obviously got that name because someone ate an unripe, slightly yellow tangerine, which made them scream. Who is correct? It appears there is no end in sight.

tangerine scream

A tangerine ready for eating, thus avoiding any screams. Photo by: articotropical

“…it obviously got that name because someone ate an unripe, slightly yellow tangerine which made them scream.”

Things reached a head a couple of weeks ago when a real-life Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST parked itself right outside the office window, taunting me and forcing me to revisit the debate. It seems that every time we call a truce, I inevitably see a yellow (excuse me, orange) Focus ST in the wild, being yellow and stuff.

Tangerine Scream Ford Focus ST

Yellow or orange: what do you think?

Since neither Brad nor I are willing to back down, we put the vote to you, the people. Help us end this madness, and let us go back to talking about the important things in life—beer, music, and animal puns.

Video Evidence… yellow or orange?

Go ahead and vote below!

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    Catherine Hiles is a native Brit currently based in Dayton, Ohio. Don't ask how that happened. Cat has written about a variety of subjects, from dog training to fashion, and counts running and cooking among her hobbies. Cat lives with her husband, Ben; their daughter, Rose; and their collection of animals, including an energetic mutt, an elderly basset hound, and a jerk cat. See more articles by Cat.

  • Duke Silver

    It all has to do with lighting. The car is on the spectrum of both colors, so depending on the lighting it will appear more yellow or more orange.

  • Peter Johnson

    It’s a tough call. I would probably call the car “gold,” but I can see elements of both yellow and orange in there. That being said, gold is more of a yellow color, so….. yellow it is!

  • It’s a fancy shade of School Bus Yellow.

  • Danielle

    Definitely Yellow… I agree with Josh’s description – Fancy School Bus Yellow

  • Nerd

    That is definitely more orange than yellow. But for a better idea I’d have to see it in person.


    “The researchers also found that men require a slightly longer wavelength to see the same hue as women; an object that women experience as orange will look slightly more yellowish to men”

    Which is kind of weird here when you look at the visible votes.

  • Aggy

    Clearly yellow!

  • AJM

    Actually it is almost exactly like Sunflower Gold… neither yellow nor orange. Don’t believe me look up the color of a sunflower…

  • Caroline

    I personally wouldn’t dream of buying an orange car (having loved yellow now for many years) and my ST3 in in production at the moment to be delivered next month.
    So conclusively it is yellow.

  • I own one. It is either orange or yellow depending. Here is what it also is, it’s the exact same color of the yellow stripes down any hi-way in America. I know, I’ve compared the color as my hood raced past those yellow lines. Exact match. (to freshly painted ones).

  • Megan

    Looks shit whatever colour it is.

  • Vic

    I have one and it’s more like the discontinued crayon, dandelion/ metallic schoolbus yellow

  • Sleeping

    I believe it’s actually neither orange or yellow. It more closely resembles (Sunfire yellow) or (Crimson Orange). Labeling a color such as Tangerine Scream, Yellow or Orange is like saying Violet is purple when it’s not. Violet is a combination of blue and purple, as such Tangerine Scream is a combination of Yellow, Orange and possibly red also. Just how I see it though.