I just liked in the 2nd attached picture, you can really see the color range of that paint. I've never taken a picture that showed that big a difference. I think it looks nicer since you can see the intercooler better now.
I can only imagine how the car looked before you washed it...I saw an orange SRT-4 around here on the weekend (few more finall popping up) and it was dirty as all hell. I really love the colour when it's clean and shining by far my favourite on the car. Not too sure if I like it better with or without the grills...I think on the orange it works well without but it goes really well with the silver and black.