Carbon Fiber Interior Trim – Performance Statement, Or Fake And Uncool?
Composites, composites everywhere!by Jonathan Lopez, on
It seems like just about any car out on the road with any semblance of sporting intentions has the option for carbon fiber trim in the interior. Once relegated to the fastest of the fast, carbon fiber is becoming more of a fashion statement with every passing production cycle. You know exactly what I’m talking about. Never mind the plodding 0-to-60 mph time and yawn-inspiring handling – if it’s supposed to be sporty, then let’s all be reminded with acres of faux fiber in the cabin. Sometimes it works, but by and large, the trend is leaning towards the ridiculous at this point. Making matters worse is the carbon fiber tape you can buy from the aftermarket to slather across your dash and center console. Because as we all know, the fastest performance machines on the planet all have bubbling vinyl in the cockpit.
You’ll have to pardon the attitude here, it’s just that this is one trend I’ll be happy to see finally put to bed. Thing is, like I stated before, sometimes it works – Koenigsegg, for example, seems to have a pretty good handle on it, as does Pagani. But I guess that’s the problem. As long as those dream cars are rocking carbon interiors, the rest of us will continue to strive to make believe our four-cylinder commuters are fire-breathing 200-mph monsters.
Which begs the question – is fake carbon fiber trim acceptable, or trash? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Read our full review on the Koenigsegg CCXR.
Read our full review on the Pagani Huayra BC.