<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by stevenh7:<BR><B>Just saw a new 2002.5 S80 with new bodyside molding which matches the car color. Looks really nice. Is this something Volvo may introduce on the S60 or S40 later this year or in 2003? Heard anything?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>No word on something like this, yet and I hope not. I just hate that monochromatic look. It makes the car look cheaper or Japanese.<P>The S40 will definitely not get it since it only has one more year in its current look before we see a totally different S40.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
I'm with Yannis. I think the black bumpers, moldings, and grill give a more sporting appearance. Leave the monochrome look for the chrome set.<P>As for Lexus, I don't think they make a sporty car. They are geared totally towards luxury. IS300 may be an exception (haven't driven it), but IMHO it still looks generic Japanese.
Side molding are a funny thing. I think on some cars it looks good to have all one color and some it looks good to have the contrast of black moldings on a bright cars.<P>Take the T5-R for and example. I think it would look goofy with all yellow. Add black moldings and anthracrite wheels and it looks mean. <P>Take a white integra (look around there everywhere) and see the side moldings. The cheap models have black and the better models are color coded. I think an all white looks better than the contrast on a integra.<P>But look at this S80. Same color as an integra that looks good but it looks wierd.<BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/george/new_s80.jpg"> <P>I think it is a personal thing. I would rather get the regular unpainted plastic becasue you can get them painted if you want but you can't go the other way.<P>
Well I had my S60 24t painted, the strip reminds me of the BMW racing stripe, they all have that black side molding. I have a lot of comments about how different and nice the car looks. Thank god my new C230 Coupe does not have to be painted. each to his own<BR>regards Tom