Praguian chopped Beetle channels its inner Batmobile

We went to Prague last summer to attend a friend's wedding and my wife used that opportunity to show me the city (I've been to Prague several times but I don't have any sober memories of those visits...). The old city definitely has a kind of Gothic vibe and it's easy to understand why so many movies are filmed there. » 12/05/13 12:14pm 12/05/13 12:14pm

Your ridiculously not-awesome matte black Smart is here

Matte black paint and wrap jobs can make high-end sports car look ominous. The same techniques applied to a Smart ForTwo falls a little ... flat. Hat tip to Tentacle! » 7/13/11 2:30pm 7/13/11 2:30pm

Meet The Matte Black BMW M3

A note to BMW: if you're not going to bother designing attractive cars, you should at least give them to us in decent colors, like this matte black BMW M3. Also, the whole Joy thing is seriously lame. » 9/30/10 1:40pm 9/30/10 1:40pm

Special Edition LFA Brings Price Tag Closer To $500K

The base price of the limited edition Lexus LFA is $375,000 MSRP. The even more limited edition Nürburgring Package will run $465,000 thanks to a $70K sport package and $20K matte black paint. » 5/10/10 4:15pm 5/10/10 4:15pm

TechArt Porsche Panamera: Matte Black Is So Slimming

We're trying to figure out how TechArt's "Black Edition" matte black vinyl wrap, 22" wheels, and aero kit cosmetic upgrade for the Porsche Panamera makes the car look so much better. It's like a matte black cocktail dress. » 4/19/10 9:30am 4/19/10 9:30am

What’s In This Matte Black S-Class’s Trunk?

We don't know the answer to that question, but we'll hazard an educated guess it's not something legal. Sometimes you just have to launder that cash at the Krylon and DTM bodykit outlet. » 5/14/09 4:15pm 5/14/09 4:15pm

Matte Black Rolls Royce Phantom: Darth Vader's New Ride

What's more menacing than a Rolls Royce Phantom? How about a Rolls Royce Phantom that's been covered in a matte black paint job? This Phantom menace wears the tough-guy paint scheme magnificently well — even the hood ornament, the Spirit of Ecstasy, is blacked out. Inside the black theme is carried throughout the… » 12/05/08 4:40pm 12/05/08 4:40pm

Flat Black Audi R8 Serving Mule Duties For STaSIS Upgrades

Jason over at Audi tuner STaSIS just sent over these shots of a flat black R8 that they're using as a development mule for a new range of upgrades. We've been hankering for a matte black Audi R8 ever since we first drove one and are pleased to see this one is getting more than just a sexy paint job. First on the list… » 12/01/08 4:00pm 12/01/08 4:00pm

GT-R Skips Matte Black, Goes Straight To Matte Gold!

This matte gold Nissan GT-R » 10/21/08 4:00pm 10/21/08 4:00pm was spotted in Dubai, where it was possibly turning its custom-painted nose up at the relatively gaudy . This could be a sign that the , as exemplified by the and , is being replaced by a new matte color. If less is more, and matte black is less, matte gold is slightly more than less. …

Matte Black Bugatti Veyron Soaks Up The Dubai Sun

Logically, a matte black car in the middle of a sweltering desert climate makes no sense. Why, then, has someone gone and painted their Bugatti Veyron in this sun-absorbing hue? If they wanted something more special than a standard Veyron, they could have ordered up a Pegaso, Hermes, Pur Sang. Nah, this isn't just… » 7/17/08 2:00pm 7/17/08 2:00pm

More Proof That Once You Go Flat Black...

That first shot from behind of the flat black (or matte black, if you'd prefer) 2009 Nissan GT-R got us hoping we'd find more shots of Godzilla looking all hotted-up with what we'll assume is some pretty sweet wrap action. We weren't the only ones. Jalopnik reader Chuck was just as excited, coming up with some more… » 6/16/08 2:20pm 6/16/08 2:20pm

Matte Black Ferrari F430 Down On The Geneva Street

Now, we understand there's still an ongoing debate on the coolness of flat black paint jobs, but let's raise the question again. This time, we've got a certain Ferrari F430 Scuderia weighing in on the matter. We thought the Scuderia was a vast improvement over the styling of the standard F430, but this non-glossy… » 5/02/08 2:40pm 5/02/08 2:40pm

How To Wrap Your Car Mirrors In Carbon Fiber

So we noticed at SEMA this year that carbon fiber has become the new matte black. And if you remember, as we learned from SEMA last year, matte black is the new black. Now, because of a desire for the "carbon fiber look" — lovers of tuners of all shapes, colors and chrome appendages are taking the time-honored… » 11/26/07 10:45am 11/26/07 10:45am

SEMA Show: Matte Is This Year's Black

Among custom jobs at SEMA this year, the matte-black finish is an unmistakable theme. Despite its humble origins among rodders without the cash to indulge in metal flake kandy koatings, the flat finish can cost upward of $10,000 to render properly (we've heard up to $30,000 for the Mercedes CLS on display here). Of… » 11/01/06 11:40am 11/01/06 11:40am