The early Inferno reds had a red tinted clear coat. This was time consuming and costly for the factory to change from the red tinted clear coat to the real clear coat for all the other colors. They came up with a new red that used a true clear coat. This is what they have been using since Sept, Oct 2004 time frame. Original Red was Inferno Red Tinted Pearl coat, new color is Inferno Red Crystal Pearl coat.