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Old 06-23-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hi all, ordering a new car and have everything pinned down except deciding on red or silver seat insert colors on an Ibis white car. Anyone have any opinion on either looks of these two seat color choices, upkeep, anything? I think they both look good and can't make up my mind. Thanks.
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My personal choice would be the silver. I think it's less gaudy and also less BMW M3.
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Picked up a 2011 black with red/black interior. After 50 k miles it looks good as new. Big plus with the red/black is you then get red stitching on steering wheel and all other stitching. No bad choice here but based on my experience, dark colors are easier to keep clean.
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Picked up a 2011 black with red/black interior. After 50 k miles it looks good as new. Big plus with the red/black is you then get red stitching on steering wheel and all other stitching. No bad choice here but based on my experience, dark colors are easier to keep clean.
+1 to this. It's a bit easier to clean the marks left on the seat when you/passengers wear denim.

The red stitching is a nice touch as well.
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Hi all, ordering a new car and have everything pinned down except deciding on red or silver seat insert colors on an Ibis white car. Anyone have any opinion on either looks of these two seat color choices, upkeep, anything? I think they both look good and can't make up my mind. Thanks.
Just to confirm, is this Alcantara seat inserts or are you considering the full Nappa leather seating? As for the Alcantara, I had the silver on my older S4 and while I liked it at first, I got a bit tired of it. I know this is definitely a personal preference type of thing but on my new S4 I opted for the full Nappa in black and glad I did. Sure it may be a bit sterile for some, but personally I like it better as it stays cooler in the summer. Ironically I found the cloth got hotter which is the opposite of what I expected. Fortunately I was able to confirm this when test driving both types on a hot day. The cloth is a lot harder to keep clean as well, particularly silver. To each his own, you can't go wrong with either one.
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I have the all black leather too and I love it. You still get the contrastint stitching, but in white as opposed to red. It's really nice looking and feels great.
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Another one for the red/black seats. They make the interior feel special and a bit unique...sort of like the S4 is in the A4/S4 lineup. The red stitching is also very nice and high-end looking.
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I went with the all black Alcantara and I'm really happy with it but you can't go wrong with either one and the dark ones are much easier to keep clean.

One thing I'm really hoping for with the next generation S4/S5 are ventilated seats. I'm in Georgia and the cooling is much more important than the heated seats. Just saying...
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I'm sure all our responses did little to answer your original question! (I have silver alcantra myself).
I'm glad Audi offers plenty of choices.
Good luck on your choice!
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I like the contrasting color inserts but agree on the maintenance versus having all black Alcantara. I think the nappa leather looks great in either style.
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I am going with the Nappa Black/Silver. Getting a 2015 prestige, 6MT, Optic packages, loaded with everything offered except some of the unnecessary "port installed" stuff but including SC badges and no front plate option
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I am going with the Nappa Black/Silver. Getting a 2015 prestige, 6MT, Optic packages, loaded with everything offered except some of the unnecessary "port installed" stuff but including SC badges and no front plate option
Why not skip the SC badges and put then on after you get the car . IMHO, $125 for badges is steep.
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I am going with the Nappa Black/Silver. Getting a 2015 prestige, 6MT, Optic packages, loaded with everything offered except some of the unnecessary "port installed" stuff but including SC badges and no front plate option
So doesn't this address whether a manual tranny is available on '15 model S4? I thought I remembered hearing folks suggest it may no longer be available but that's good in any case. I'm curious which wheels are coming with your Black Optics package since again this is a '15 model. There was another thread in the past discussing a different look.
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Manual tranny is available. 100% I think the wheels look similar to the titanium package but I cannot be perfectly sure.
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Like look of red. Nappa is easy upkeep. (I have all black Nappa.). Can't comment with certainty on Alcantara but my expectation is that silver Alcantara will be more difficult to keep clean.
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So doesn't this address whether a manual tranny is available on '15 model S4? I thought I remembered hearing folks suggest it may no longer be available but that's good in any case. I'm curious which wheels are coming with your Black Optics package since again this is a '15 model. There was another thread in the past discussing a different look.
manual is still available, although when the new model comes out (2016, but I think 2017 for US) there is about a 90% chance that manual will no longer be available similar to the 2015 A3/S3, although that model is specifically targeted at the sorority market, so you never know.

Black Optics wheels are no longer the rotor 5 arms as were typical in the past. They will be the 10 spokes from the 2014 RS4 in a mixed titanium finish. they don't look too bad in pictures (google it) but they look like crap in the Audi marketing materials renderings.

I do not recommend going with the grey leather or alcantara inserts for the seats. Every Audi on the show circuit with the grey inserts looks worn and dirty. I know that's an accelerated wear environment, but it doesn't bode well for long term durability.
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I went with red/black and loving it, wouldn't trade for anything else! The full Nappa leather is SWEET! Both combos would look nice, it just comes down to personal preference. Red gives it a bold and very sporty look and feel, silver gives it a classy and subtle sporty look and feel, IMO.


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