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      06-19-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Anthracite vs Aluminum Trim

Color: Monte Carlo Blue
Leather: Silverstone II Extended Merino Leather

I like the idea of the Aluminum for a sporty look but think the Anthracite is better looking overall. What do you guys think will look best with this color combo?
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Anthracite with Sikar for me on Singapore Gray! The aluminum is nice, but I have an aluminum trim on my current car (G37XS Sedan) and it dents and scratches VERY easily. Never again...
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Why not the dark wood trim? In my opinion, it gives the interior a richer look than Aluminum or Anthracite. Piano Black gives an even richer feel to the interior, but I don't want to fork over $1,000 for piano black.
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I think Anthracite or piano works best with extended Silverstone Leather. I'd go aluminum with the Shakir or black interior however.
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I like the aluminum, but I find that the cheap black plastic bezels around the vents and the lighting control panel look cheap in contrast to the aluminum trim. With a dark trim you don't notice that huge area of black plastic so much.
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How would you describe the color of Anthracite in person? I've heard Brown and Gray. My dealer says it looks more black. Any idea?
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I have seen it couple of times.....your dealer is correct, its more of a black at a first glance. Maybe it could have dark gray or dark brown effect in the sun , but I never noticed it. Too me it's more black than any other color.

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I would go with the Piano Black, if that's not an option then go with the Anthracite, the aluminum has a diamond pattern on it, i wasnt so fond of it

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I think Anthracite or piano works best with extended Silverstone Leather. I'd go aluminum with the Shakir or black interior however.
I thought Piano would be best with Silverstone until I sat in an M5 that had aluminum and Silverstone -- it was Full, but I don't think it matters much in this case. The aluminum is far more classy and intricate than can be shown on the configurator, and I thought it was the perfect mix of sportiness and panache that this car warrants. If you were to go Sakhir or Black though, I would recommend aluminum UNLESS you're doing Sakhir Full, in which case the only right answer IMHO is Piano Black all day. Piano wouldn't look bad with Sakhir Extended though.

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I would go with the Piano Black, if that's not an option then go with the Anthracite, the aluminum has a diamond pattern on it, i wasnt so fond of it
The pattern is more of a sawtooth than a diamond, and I initially preferred the solid brushed look of my M3's aluminum, but the more I looked at it and thought about it, I concluded that my M3's aluminum is just right for its character, and the M5's aluminum is right for the M5 (see above). I personally would never want wood trim in a performance car though.
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I thought Piano would be best with Silverstone until I sat in an M5 that had aluminum and Silverstone -- it was Full, but I don't think it matters much in this case. The aluminum is far more classy and intricate than can be shown on the configurator, and I thought it was the perfect mix of sportiness and panache that this car warrants. If you were to go Sakhir or Black though, I would recommend aluminum UNLESS you're doing Sakhir Full, in which case the only right answer IMHO is Piano Black all day. Piano wouldn't look bad with Sakhir Extended though.



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I've changed my mind since - I decided to go Full Sakhir with the Aluminum. After seeing more and more pics I'm starting to love the combo.
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Went to the dealership and looked at the anthracite. While I think it is beautiful in a regular 5 series I believe the aluminum fits the personality of the M5 better.

The Anthracite looks black in low light and grayish shiny brown in sun light. Just FYI.
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