Originally Posted by apw2607
THe aluminium is certainly metal. Its a metal face on a plastic base.
The only trim that is entirely made of plastic is Titanium shadow.
I went with CF in the end. I had aluminium in my old E46 M3, and although it looked good, I wanted a change. The aluminium has also being played out to death in the rest of the model range as well. One other thing, I found aluminium is really easy to scratch so be careful if you have rings, watch straps, or anything that could scratch the metal finish easily.
The aluminum is not real aluminum. It is not allowed to be. If you wrecked your car and there was real aluminum, and it chipped/broke as a result of the crash, it would be EXTREMELY sharp and pretty much guarantee you would be getting lacerated severly.
It is plastic with an aluminum-type brush job.
At least, that is what I heard.