In Reply to: E39 Sportive (aluminum) interior posted by Josh Goldstein on June 24, 1999 at 17:08:54:
Basically, the Sportive interior is a response to the Audi's new line of interior design that they call "Atmospheres". Audi is currently going heavy on the genuine aluminum in their interiors, and thus you have the Sportive interior on the M5, with aluminum accents and bold (some would say loud) two-tone leather, where one tone is black, and the other tone matches the exterior color.
The Exclusive interior scheme is for traditionalists, with burl walnut wood and leather in a sinbgle tone of either black or tan/beige.
That is the only difference, there are no functional differences.