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    HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Now...I really dont ever ask for forum opinions on colors as I think it is crazy to ask other people what color car you should get....

    However, I have found myself in a dilemna.. I have always wanted a white R8 V10 with red interior..I have found a couple but never pulled the trigger on them because I was not ready.

    I am now fully in the market for an R8, and I have decided to go for a spyder instead of a coupe. This will not be my daily driver, just a toy/weekend car.

    I have come across a fantastic deal on a 2011 R8 V10 Spyder, however it is Phantom Black with red interior...the car has every option available (which is EXACTLY how I wanted my R8, LOADED). It has VERY low km and it even has the 5 arm rotor wheels which I am HUGE fan of.

    Now...I am the one who always says not to settle (especially when spending so much money on something). My question for all of you, would you "settle" (for lack of a better word) with a Black R8, when you've always wanted a White R8?

    This car is perfect in every way, except exterior color, which is obviously a BIG issue, however it is literally the only thing I don't LOVE about it.

    A friend of mine says, who cares? Its perfect in every other way and its not like I am settling with an ugly color, its black after not some ugly color like brown or red (no offense to those with brown/red R8s )

    I should also mention, I used to be a professional detailer and I used to HATE black cars because of swirls. I am very anal when it comes to swirls, I don't want to see any swirls or scratches because they drive me nuts!

    Another option is to wrap the car after a few months or even a year of ownership if I am not satisfied with the black color...

    So what do you guys think?
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    2012 Audi Q5 S-Line-White on Brown

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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Red is ugly . Nothing looks better than a freshly detailed Black car and Red interior would look great in it, but after owning a number of Black cars I have sworn them off. Part of it is because what I do with cars and a big thing is going to car shows and I got tired of my freshly detailed car looking dirty by the time I got to show. But some are either into detailing all the time or ok with car looking a little dirty not bothering them so it's not a big deal. So yea I'm not much help but Black is a great color on the R8 but you will have to deal with the swirls, even brand new ones sitting in showroom have them
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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Get the color you really want. I waited till my loaded white on red rtronic finally came across & I got it. I have settled in the past for a different color vehicle then the one I wanted & regret it.

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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Personally, compromise will always be present when buying a secondhand car. The thing you need to consider is how will you feel every time you walk up to the car, and I can guarantee that you will wish it was white every time.

    Wrapping it in 12 months time is a good idea, and you never know, black may grow on you. Colours go in and out of fashion, and 5 years ago, white was quite rare on cars, but now it's everywhere.

    If you bought a watch that was a fake, even though everyone else thought it was real, deep down, you would be constantly disappointed with it. If you feel the same about a white R8, then the last thing you want after spending that much cash, is disappointment.

    if you can bear to wait, then wait, if not, compromise and go for black.

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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    No more black cars for me. Even when clean you will see imperfections. Black is not a color it's a full time job. Plus the lines of the car dont show up as well on black

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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Black cars look great if you have a workable way to keep them clean and shiny - I don't, so I wouldn't want to go down the path of maximum frustration again. The wrap sounds like the ideal solution if everything else on the car ticks your boxes.

    Red interior should look very sweet with white or [clean & shiny] black.
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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    If you bought a watch that was a fake, even though everyone else thought it was real, deep down, you would be constantly disappointed with it. If you feel the same about a white R8, then the last thing you want after spending that much cash, is disappointment.
    would you really feel that way about a wrap though? I just don't see a wrap as an exercise in fakery, it's just a means to change colour reversibly - and protect the underlying paint.
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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Phantom Black is just an amazing colour. Especially for the Spyder, as the engine hatch vents will contrast very nicely against the black. On a white Spyder, those hatch vents basically disappear.

    When you drive a black car, and if you care about the car's appearance, no matter how much work it is, you'll find a way to take care of it. It is just so beautiful in black.
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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    I have just had my car wrapped and you cant tell it isnt paint! Every body panel was removed and its come out perfect way better than my V8 wrap. As my car was silver it works perfectly for a wrap as all the details you cant wrap just look like the neutral / primer color they came from the factor. The same would apply for black! So just buy it and wrap it some crazy color. Forget white its way 2 standard on new Audis. I went for Verde Ithica and I love it
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    Re: HELP! I don't usually do this...

    Quote Originally Posted by RS4Cab View Post
    Red is ugly . Nothing looks better than a freshly detailed Black car and Red interior would look great in it, but after owning a number of Black cars I have sworn them off. Part of it is because what I do with cars and a big thing is going to car shows and I got tired of my freshly detailed car looking dirty by the time I got to show. But some are either into detailing all the time or ok with car looking a little dirty not bothering them so it's not a big deal. So yea I'm not much help but Black is a great color on the R8 but you will have to deal with the swirls, even brand new ones sitting in showroom have them
    haha..its not ugly but its def not what I am after, so it would really be settling if I went with red. That is why my friend said, your really not settling because its not a color you hate or dislike in any way. Trust me, I am just like you dirt will bother me, but this is my weekend car and I wont be driving it in the rain at all. I like to keep it shiny in the garage for those ugly days. Like I mentioned in the original post, I am very anal with swirls but the fact that I wont need to wash it every other day because its just a weekend car will help with avoiding those horrible swirl marks...

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