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      08-05-2012, 05:07 AM   #45
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Sweet! I can not wait to get my car!

Can't decide whether to go for Imperial Blue with Oyster/Black interior or Carbon Black with Cinnamon Brown interior.

What do you think?
Go Venetian Beige! Everyone is going for Oyster/Black and in a year or so it will be sooooo yesterday whilst Venetan Beige is classic and tasteful. Cinnamon is an acquired taste although it seems popular in the US but then there's no accounting for our American cousins' taste
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      08-20-2012, 10:36 AM   #46
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Imperial Blue is a dark blue and would rarely be mistaken for black. It has a special Xirallic pigment in it that 'sparkles' like a metallic at different angles (but more colourful).
Here you can also see an example of Xirallic: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcVvJJ6H31Y Even if it is brown in the video you can still see the great sparkling effect!
According to the company producing Xirallic, EMD Chemicals, "Xirallic® combines lively sparkle with shimmer which has never been achieved before. The crystal effect pigments from EMD Chemicals create an unexpected deep luster and extraordinary sparkle in coatings. Their high color intensity and purity are impressive. Direct light – such as from the sun – shows off their unparalleled brilliance to the full." (http://www.emd-performance-materials...gh_chroma.html)
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      12-19-2012, 12:15 AM   #47
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Sorry to bump an old thread. I have been a fan of SG but always thought it was an individual paint, but based from the UK configurator, it's standard issue. Can someone clarify if this is readily available to the US market (through BMW individual), and in Xirallic?

M3 individual color thread:
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showpos...&postcount=225
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      01-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #48
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No idea about US. All I can say is that I have the SG and I absolutely love the colour. I am in the UK. 2012 May F10.
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isn't it called dark graphite in the US?
Paint code is B90 (post Japanese tsunami) or A90 prior to that or if plant is back on line.
Either way, those are sophisto grey or dark graphite depending upon where you are.
I've a new 7 series catalog and the colour is labelled as A90 so it would suggest the plant in Japan is back on line?
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Thank you for the replies, gentlemen.
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My opinion: a better comparison between Imperial Blue is with Carbon Black. Think Carbon Black has a better darker tone and overall color to it.

Comparing it to Sophisto Grey is apples vs. oranges. People will have their own personal preference. I prefer darker coloured cars (more aggressive), so my preference is SG.
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