Re: GT Seats
I echo alza200 and Gar074.
i'm 5'7" and weigh 190lbs. i'm not slim, and have reasonably wide shoulders from competitive sports(many lbs ago!). i drive a 3.2 GT (my GT is now 1 year old). Bought the car after struggling about 6 months about the decision, and after the salesman very boldly told me that they'd be able to adjust the shoulders for me.
My issue is that when i sit in the seat, even from the very beginning, i felt that the shoulders were forced forward into a (similarly described) curved forward position. i tried the seat in the 147. THe alfa agent said they were "exactly the same". But continued to reassure me that the problem could be resolved. Of course it was all sales-talk as after I collected the car, all 'attempts' of this failed. They apparently tried to raise the seat cushion, but that didnt work. they apparently got someone from alfa italy down to look at it who said seat modification not possible. Following that, they said that the bolsters could not be lowered at the shoulder level as the airbags were there. (this took more than 6 months to reach the conclusion)
i've finally since given up on them, and just settled down to enjoying the irresistible roar of the throat 3.2 in manual, with the knowledge that i cannot take this car on a more than 2 hour car ride. i have tried to look at sparco, but they dont have rails for the car as the front seats are sliding, and certainly would not be compatible with airbags. Bride seats dont have the quality of alfatex or the red leather interior i have, and are too 'racing' as well. i've not tried recaro, but i will be willing to splash a reasonable amount on a pair of workable seats. they're seats look beautiful in the recaro site esp on the OEM cars like aston and audi. The perforated leather will be really great for the tropical weather here where i live.
3 weeks ago, i finally bit the bullet and told a friend who runs a workshop to just try and shave off some of the sponge where my shoulders sit. He started conservatively, and i do feel better. (butt still abit tight). Cosmetically as warned has left a mild dimple depression in the leather, but i'm willing to live with it. Also, he said that the leather would prob 'season' to the change and flatten out(u cant do this with fabric i think). i'm going to ask him to chamfer abit more and see how that feels when i can go down to his shop. Of course its not ideal, and of course i know it can affect how the seat looks, but the discomfort is significant.
i think if enough of us can get together and figure out a recaro seat that would fit the alfa GT rails and does not have the tight curved forward shoulder problem, it would be great!
One last point in analysis: i think if you(or I) were taller, like by 2 inches, it might bring the shoulder to the flatter part of the seat. The design issue is that the under-armpit/flank/waist bolsters are just too high, and end up gripping the scapular region.