Luxury carmakers are always searching for new precious materials for interior finishes. After wood and precious metals, the ultimate luxury material is marble.
One of the first examples was the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (1999) that offered real granite trim options for door panels, center console, steering wheel rim, and gearshift lever. At the time granite was very fashionable.
DS: stone wheels
DS 4 Crossback in 2015 was presented with real granite trim in its cabin. The stone is used for the rearview mirror casings, the spoke facings on the wheels and as an insert on the roof bars.
Bentley: stone veneers
Bentley Continental and Flying Spur models finished by Mulliner (2016) feature stone veneer trim in the interiors. The slate and quartzite veneers are just 0.1mm thick and are an alternative to wood and metal.
Infiniti: Carrara marble center console
Infiniti QX Inspiration concept presented at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, features a White Carrara marble center console. The 30-degree-rotating front seats allow the cabin to transform in a sort of a lounge.
More marble and other stones will appear more and more in interiors, thank also to modern technologies that allow to cut the materials in extremely thin and light layers.
The marble mania started with small details in luxury car interiors, followed by exteriors: here real marble can’t be used, but marble texture comes in help for a total marble look.
Bugatti: marble collage carbon fabric
The Bugatti Veyron Vivere Final Diamond Edition was launched at the Geneva Motor Show. This custom version has been created by German car modifying company Mansory for a private customer. Wrapped in a carbon fabric called marble collage, used also for interior details.
The marble car wrap trend: marble is never enough
Marble-wrap has quickly become the latest trend for supercars. Marble effect automobiles (Ferrari, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, etc) worth millions of dollars coming from the middle east have been spotted all over London. The mega-rich are customizing their cars to make sure they stand out, and the new trend in customization is the Marble-Wrap! It is very interesting to notice that in this case the target markets for authentic marble and marble-effect customization coincide.
Brands such as 3M, Avery Dennison, and others are offering high-quality vinyl wraps in several stones inspire patterns: Carrara marble. Calacatta gold marble, green marble, Emperador rose marble, gray granite, blue granite, and others. Just search on social media like Instagram and you will find many other examples!
Let us know what do you think, and if you cannot afford a supercar, take a look at these accessories to marble up your car!