Those are not the standard E39 seats. They are the optional "Comfort Seats".Yeah, the additional leather is hard to keep up with especially where the sun actually shines, unlike where I am in Cleveland.
Man, I hadn't really even thought about European M5s. I know they had a slew of interior options. I recall seeing this one for sale in Canada with front and rear seats from a standard E39. I know you could get European M5s in Canada, but I acknowledge that most were similar to US spec cars falling under the North American spec bracket. It had nav, DSP, and a sunroof, but it that was about it; no alcantara, no split folds (which is probably a good thing), no frills at all. The build sheet confirmed that it came that way from the factory, but it is just so strange to see an M5 like that, at least to an American such as myself.
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This is all probably way too in-depth for this thread, but it's all good info to spread around haha