I recently purchased a MY2011 R8 v8 Spyder (3847 miles) with 'Black/Alcantara' seats. I then placed a 'Wanted Ad' for a 'Red' interior in the R8Talk Classifieds! I was contacted a few days ago by someone that had a full set of 'Amulet Red' R8 interior for sale - leather seat covers, headrests, door panels (see attached photos). It came from a California owner who recently changed the interior of his almost new '11 v10 (with only 700 miles of use) to 'Black w. deviating red stitching'! His R8's 'Red' interior was too close to the 'Red' cabin of his Mercedes SLS Gullwing! This is an incredible find! Needless to say, I am extremely delighted to have them! My 'Lava Gray' Spyder will look extra nice with this 'Amulet Red' factory interior!
Now I need to find someone in Northern California that can put this interior in my R8 correctly and at a fair cost!
1) Can anyone that has done this before on an R8 give me an idea of the hours of work needed to do this job and an estimated overall cost?
2) I live in Carmel, CA. Would like to have recommendations on an experienced upholsterer in the San Francisco Bay / San Jose Area that can be trusted with this type of work. I prefer someone who has actual experience previously exchanging covers on the Audi R8 seats. I have a good upholstery shop here in Monterey area but they have never done an R8 seat to date.
I have read in other internet forums (including Audi TTRS) and have heard of labor costs from $300 to $1000 to do this work. Installing the door panels is relatively easy. Exchanging leather covers on the seats is the trick! An experienced reupholster or Audi technician that has done an R8 seat before should be the ideal candidate to do this job! I would love to hear from any of you that have had actual experience in doing or paying for this 'exchange' of interiors using the original factory sport seats underpinnings!
PS. I will have 'Black Leather & Alcantara' Seat covers, headrests and door seats for sale shortly. Let me know if anyone needs this low mileage / lightly used set!
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