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Morning all,

New to the forum...looks to be the best F56 source of info around, keep up the good work and thanks for being a great source enabling me to fine tune my order spec so far :D

I have a request; is there anyone who has a Midnight Black car on white rims with white roof and mirror caps? I have found R99's Thunder Grey on white, that has helped.

Attached is a picture from the configurator, really keen to see one in the flesh though...

I have already ordered the car and its current colour is VO (Black on Black with VO) so if changing I need to do it before the car moves to scheduled.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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It does....

The only issue though is that the configurator makes every combination look good! It increases the wheel offset and makes the cars look lower than they really are...hence the desire to see one in the flesh.

The reservation I have about VO is that in the flesh it can look more yellow than orange in dull / flat light (that would be the majority of UK weather then!)

I think black and white looks classy but still 'Mini'

I am a firm believer that a Mini should never be forgettable in its appearance....
 

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Black and white is a very strong mini look and can look great. Make sure you match the interior for a full monochrome look if you go that route. VO is a good stand out colour but a more contemporary look. Its always a tough decision best advice is go with your gut/ heart dont try to over analyse it.

Only other advice id give is make sure you are award of how hard a black car is to keep clean and swirl free. If youre not the sort of person to spend time on keeping it looking good its not the colour for you
 

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Black and white is a very strong mini look and can look great. Make sure you match the interior for a full monochrome look if you go that route. VO is a good stand out colour but a more contemporary look. Its always a tough decision best advice is go with your gut/ heart dont try to over analyse it.

Only other advice id give is make sure you are award of how hard a black car is to keep clean and swirl free. If youre not the sort of person to spend time on keeping it looking good its not the colour for you
Thanks for the perspective.

We sold on a black BMW as part of the deal so have experience of the joys of keeping a black car looking black; this significant point is one of the attractions of the lighter colour - not so labour intensive. I have no issue with car detailing though....I am one of those that gets great satisfaction from it.

You are absolutely right though about over thinking it!
 

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I should also mention that I am planning on dealer fit Viper stripes...
 

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Agree with Hat.
Black and white looks good. My first mini was black and you have to clean it so much. Dirt rain swirls or just winter wet weather just clings to it.
Best colour for those who are occasional cleaners is Silver. I had two of those...
 

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...another associated question.

Switching to the white 18" cone spoke's introduces run flats - my BMW experience left me with the reconciliation that I would not have them again. I have though specced Adaptive Dampers, is there anyone who can share their experience on this front - specifically, do the adaptive dampers counter the impact of RFT's?

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I believe adaptive dampers on Eco setting makes the suspension softer than the stock setting, you'd claim back some comfort, although I feel 18" RF's are never going to be overly comfy.

I've spec'd 18" Cup wheels with RF's, on stock suspension.. I'll how it feels and likely get some KW coilovers next year.
 

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I wanted white wheels but wasnt prepared to either pay for or live with 18 wheels on runflats. Another option to consider is getting the std 17 cone spokes and having them powder coated
 

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I have just taken delivery of a MC in Midnight Black with the 18" Cone alloys and Chrome mirrors.

Agreed the ride is a little harsh, but the car looks stunning and is worth the extra bump or two! It really does stand out with the larger alloys, so I would say got for it!
 

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I wanted white wheels but wasnt prepared to either pay for or live with 18 wheels on runflats. Another option to consider is getting the std 17 cone spokes and having them powder coated
Good call and fair observation on the cost, still cheaper than aftermarket options though - I had two other idea's:

  • Swap out the tyres on delivery - which would be wasteful
  • Opt for the 17's and then put my aftermarket rim of choice shod in non RFT PS3's. I love the 3SDM 0.5 rim in white....
 

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I have just taken delivery of a MC in Midnight Black with the 18" Cone alloys and Chrome mirrors.

Agreed the ride is a little harsh, but the car looks stunning and is worth the extra bump or two! It really does stand out with the larger alloys, so I would say got for it!
Hey Tubby - do you have pictures?

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I agree I have run flats o n my r56 ,never again. So 17"" and powder coating the way to go. Try prestige wheels birmingham.bmp specialist and refurbished my wife's diamond turned highgate wheel to perfection. They are really good.
 

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OP, if you're anywhere near Coventry, the Mini dealership there had a black MCSD with white roof and white wheels when I went in a couple of weeks ago. I like black with white but for me the white wheels were a bit too much. I know some people love it though and if you like the picture on the configurator you'll probably like it in the flesh.

I would say you could ask them to send you a picture but I'm not sure how willing they'd be to oblige if you' em ordered elsewhere.

That said, Stratford were great for me the other day and took me in the back to see a car in Blazing red even though they knew I'd ordered elsewhere. It may have helped that I promised them business for servicing though!
 

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OP, if you're anywhere near Coventry, the Mini dealership there had a black MCSD with white roof and white wheels when I went in a couple of weeks ago. I like black with white but for me the white wheels were a bit too much. I know some people love it though and if you like the picture on the configurator you'll probably like it in the flesh.

I would say you could ask them to send you a picture but I'm not sure how willing they'd be to oblige if you' em ordered elsewhere.

That said, Stratford were great for me the other day and took me in the back to see a car in Blazing red even though they knew I'd ordered elsewhere. It may have helped that I promised them business for servicing though!
Thanks for sharing...I will follow up in the morning. The consensus at home is similar, White wheels is potentially too much; I suspect black rims with white roof is going to be the compromise...Viper stripes potentially as a dealer fit.

Being able to change the wheels at a later date if the mood catches us helps...

Team VO looks to be losing a disciple!

Midnight Black is the new Black :cool:
 

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Looks smart! If you're at all tempted by the panoramic sunroof I love the contrast of the black roof within the white roof too, although I know it's pretty pricey.
 

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Looks smart! If you're at all tempted by the panoramic sunroof I love the contrast of the black roof within the white roof too, although I know it's pretty pricey.
The car is pretty much loaded with the exception of HUD and the sunroof. I have had HUD in previous cars, the novelty does wear off after a couple of months...and it's more weight; roof - again, I find that the moments when you have the roof open are few and far between...and it adds a lot more weight - I also love the anthracite roof liner, makes you feel cosseted; I completely get though why people want these options, I am just trying to keep the weight off the car.

A fully loaded car adds many many kg's to the sprung mass thus dulling the performance - the rule of thumb with a loaded car is that it is like carrying another person with you all the time. It would be interesting to weigh a poverty spec car and a loaded one to see the difference - I want the mini to be the go-kart it should be...having said all of the above I still haven't been able to restrain myself from the options list >:D

My biggest wish is that the dealers sell a lowering kit for the adaptive dampers...I don't really want to go aftermarket and I want the adaptive suspension.

I have had a skinful of unnecessarily overly harsh damped RFT shod cars...BMW have nailed it with the latest 1 series; fingers crossed!
 

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After a lot of careful consideration we have decided to stick with VO. Black isn't the new black after all.

This is decision is in no way shape or form related to the fact that the car moved from 1100 to 1200 in the night last night - honest guv. :|

Car is scheduled....WOOOHOOO! :D

Long live team VO :D

(If anyone from team VO is reading this thread, everything I said was under duress - again, honest guv)
 

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