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I cannot vouch for the Titanium Gray Metallic or the Sunlight Silver Metallic, but everyone tells me that the red car I took photos of at the L.A. Auto Show is the production Velocity Red Mica. I certainly hope so 'cause that's what I ordered based on what I saw.
Originally posted by rael Also, how red is the red? My Mazda dealer in the UK cannot tell me. Again, anybody got a picture? I keep seeing the red in various sites, is this THE launch red?
Check out the MNAO media site here . Click through the various subcategories to find some awesome pictures. They are very large, though. I also recommend downloading the full press kit (.pdf) which can be found on the same site under TEXT.
I was thinking about the grey too, the problem may be the interior light. In the UK there is no choice of interior, just black. I think that a total black interior will seriously limits light and definition.
Only with v red is there a interior option being black or black/red option. Red may be the colour to go with.
I will try to get a picture of the Sunlight Silver RX-8 and the Titanium Special Edition Miata together on Sunday.. side by side comparo' .. its not perfect.. but its the best side by side you will see for a while.
The color differences between photos can be attributed as follows:
NAIAS Photos: Shot indoors, under neon lighting, with consumer or prosumer digital cameras (mostly). White balance may be off, and lighting is less than ideal, which affects the color reproduction, as does the camera used. Edit: also, some photos were taken using flash, so that will affect the result also.
Press kit photos: Shot in a variety of environments with professional gear and professional lighting. A lot more time is spent composing and setting up the lighting, shots, etc. White balance should be perfect (because it is a professional job), and color reproduction should be dead-on. These photos show the cars in the best possible conditions.
Media photos: Shot mostly outdoors in sunlight with professional gear. Photographers probably did not have extensive time to compose and set up shots, but as pros they probably got the best shots and color reproduction possible given the conditions.
So, for me I take the press kit photos as depicting the true color and depth, but recognize that they also depict perfect conditions. The media photos depict more how the car will look as I am scooting around town on a sunny day. Perhaps upon closer insepction, the color will resemble the press kit photos, but to the average bystander the media photos is what they will see.
i've been lazy and not downloaded the press kit so i have a question. is there a photo of the car in each color, not photoshopped, but an actual photo and if so can someone post the sunlight silver? and for others the nordic green?
Those are some great pics. I was originally dead set on Titanium even before I saw it. I always wanted a dark grey metalic sports car. Then after it really soaked in that the only colors in leather would be red and black (can't see brown with Titanium) I started to re-think. I know some people like it but I really think that the red interior is too much to go with the Titanium. If only there were silver or even blue leather.
Anyway, my next thought was black with red interior. I've never been much for the bright colors like red or god forbid, yellow. I have to admit though that the more I look at it the more I like the red.
The one photo with the amplifier really shows off the mica. Due to the fact that black gets so dirty and doesn't show off the lines as much I think my mind is made up on the Red now. Along with the red interior it is just too perfect.
I remember the Red car being bright at the autoshows. the pictures from the press kit are darker. You will see some of the reflections and shades appear to be photoshopped and that the sky is overcast. I think part of the brightness is in part from the spot lights at the autoshow. At first glance the paint reminded me of candy apple red, but when I looked more at the car, i saw that is wasn't, it was a lighter shade.
The amplifier picture has no mica. The paint use on the underbody is has no mica and has no clearcoat on it. That bright spot on the amplier are just reflections from the flash or something. I clearly recall looking under the hood and looking in the truck seeing that the paint was NOT shiny with mica.
IMHO, the red color is magnificient, it's the best factory color I've ever seen. It brings out the lines of the car very well, not to mention the paint itself is a class job. When the RX8 comes out, many other ppl will have their body shops spray this color onto their cars.
That's really weird because I had trouble seeing the mica on most of the pictures and when I looked at PICT0740.JPG it really looked like sparkles from metallic in the paint. Wonder what caused the bright specks on the red in that photo.
Originally posted by DrKillJoY I will try to get a picture of the Sunlight Silver RX-8 and the Titanium Special Edition Miata together on Sunday.. side by side comparo' .. its not perfect.. but its the best side by side you will see for a while.
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