Is the standard trim (center console, dashboard, doors) on the 718 plastic or aluminum? If so, did anyone elect to upgrade to brushed aluminum or carbon fiber?
Two dealers both told me it’s aluminum. Brushed aluminum is a different type of aluminum.The default dash trim is plated plastic; you can get aluminum as an upgrade. Personally I'm not a big fan of all those shiny bits inside the car, but I didn't order upgraded trim when I spec'd my 981 because I was pushing my budget with performance options. After I got the car, I replaced the trim ring around the center console with an OEM leather wrapped replacement. After having the car for 3 years, I finally replaced the dash trim with the OEM black anodized aluminum. Stupid expensive but totally worth it to me. Just wish I'd ordered the car with the upgraded trim in the first place because I'm stuck with the plastic trim on the doors.
What @steve1ddd said. If it were real aluminum -- even as a layer on top of plastic -- it would be cold or cool to the touch at room temperature, and would not get tremendously hot to the touch in warm temps unless exposed to direct sunlight. Why? Because aluminum is not a very conductive metal. The stock plastic bits get HOT.Two dealers both told me it’s aluminum. Brushed aluminum is a different type of aluminum.
I specifically pointed to the center trim. He was adamant about the fact that the trim was aluminum, not plastic, saying the only difference between the standard and upgraded trim was the upgrade was brushed and the standard was not. It wouldn't be the first time a SA didn't get his facts right. There were several things I knew about the options on the car that the SA did not. Needless to say, that's one of the reasons I'm placing my order with another dealer.Maybe the confusion from the dealers is that I think the door trims are actually aluminum even if you don't change the basic trim... maybe????
Those 'grades' are all alloy compositions because in raw form, aluminum is soft and not very resilient (think aluminum foil, which is grade 1199: 99.99 percent aluminum). However, when strengthened in an alloy with any one of a number of minority metals ranging from magnesium to copper, it's gets useful quick because of its light weight and relative inertness.That's not entirely true. There are many grades of aluminum (5052, 6061, 7075). The intended use would determine the proper grade used.
Aluminum is a very good conductor of both heat and electricity, and a WAY better conductor than plastic. I don't know whether you intended to say that or not, but I got the impression you stated just the opposite.What @steve1ddd said. If it were real aluminum -- even as a layer on top of plastic -- it would be cold or cool to the touch at room temperature, and would not get tremendously hot to the touch in warm temps unless exposed to direct sunlight. Why? Because aluminum is not a very conductive metal. The stock plastic bits get HOT.
Oh, and brushed aluminum isn't a different type of aluminum; it just has a different surface treatment. Aluminum is aluminum because, well, it's an elemental metal. Now the aluminum in the trim very well may be an alloy since raw aluminum can be stained and blemished quite easily (tip: NEVER use WD-40 on aluminum). But 'brushed' refers to the finish, not to the metal itself.