Merry Christmas to all!
Just thought i'd update you guys on this topic. i've plonked down $4500 for a pair of recaro sportster cs (.: RECARO :.
. The seat only comes in all black if you want leather. In sunny humid singapore, i chose that, but the options for combination suedes are many.
Its alot more comfy, and firmness is reassuring. There're no side bolsters to dig into your scapula or shoulders, the seat is wider for the butt with bolsters reigning in your lateral motion effectively, as are the lumbar side bolsters which are lower and more importantly, hugging your lattissimus muscles and waist rather that restricting shoulder movement.
It allows back rest tilt, and forward backward motion, but unfortunately you cant raise or lower the seat height.
Nevertheless, i believe for those of us with the 'different' body types that have issues with the original seat, but LURRRVE the car so much you want to spend more, these seats are excellent.
There are other less 'sporty' looking ones with electrics, but they weren't available here and simply wont go with the car!!!
One last thing, i did the seats at the same time the 10k servicing was done. Recaro works with alfa and lamborghini here in singapore. When the seats were installed, alfa concurrently reprogrammed the computer so that the air bag light would synch with the bagless new seat.
I hope this helps guys like alza2000 who like me have issues with the seat, but refuse to let extreme discomfort and pain post driving affect the ownership of the car!!! To be honest, i was already looking in to trade in the car for a BMW 325i. (gasp!) But simply...no character.. wont you agree?