All of the people I have talked to except one upgraded to the sport seats with diamond stitching over the racing shell seats. Most have said the racing shell seats are not super comfortable in normal use but are supportive if you plan on tracking the car on a regular basis. I opted for sport seats on my Plus and paid the $5500 up charge.
From what I've seen its about two thirds in favour of sports seats on the V10+. My main criticism of the buckets is the front of the base does not go high enough to support my thighs.
The no charge seats you're referring to are the standard sport seats with no contrast stitching. I just went on the UK configurator and to switch from the standard racing shell seats on a V10+ to the diamond stitched sport seats it's 3400 GBP. It adds the fine nappa leather package as well as contrast stitching package. Looks like you have more options in ordering seats than we do in the US.From what I've seen its about two thirds in favour of sports seats on the V10+. My main criticism of the buckets is the front of the base does not go high enough to support my thighs.
Interesting to hear that the sports seats are considered an upgrade in the U.S. In the UK we can select sports seats on the V10+ at zero cost. It's actually a downgrade but you don't get any money back. On the standard V10 which comes with sports seats, the bucket seats are a £3,000 upgrade.
Yes that's correct, if you want the diamond contrast stitching, you must select the extended leather pack as well. If you only want to the diamond stitching (non contrast) then it's a £450 upgrade - option N1H. I'd be interested to hear of the sports seats are significantly different from the Gen1. My local dealer has had a few + come through but they are all with buckets.The no charge seats you're referring to are the standard sport seats with no contrast stitching. I just went on the UK configurator and to switch from the standard racing shell seats on a V10+ to the diamond stitched sport seats it's 3400 GBP. It adds the fine nappa leather package as well as contrast stitching package. Looks like you have more options in ordering seats than we do in the US.
I like the look of the racing shell seats and would have loved to not pay the extra money to get sport seats but I didn't want to live with completely manual seats and will be taking it on some longer trips so I wanted the added comfort of the sport seats. I also love the look of the diamond stitching!
I know what you mean but the bucket seats are the racing shell seats. US brochure calls them racing shell seats, UK brochure calls them buckets. Both call the standard seats "sports seats"The consensus I get is that the buckets are more comfortable overall but it's not like the racing shell seats are torture contraptions from the dark ages either.
Please send your bitches to Audi, I have already complained about the stitching to them, but my complaints fell on deaf ears.If you have a V 10+ in the US the racing shell seats are standard. They are not available on the regular V 10. If anything, I would consider the racing seats to be an upgrade rather than a downgrade. Now that being said, it is a fact that most people have come to believe that the buckets are more comfortable. I haven't sat in either version. I think it comes down to what you plan to use the car for and where your mind is that with respect to experiencing the car. I have spoken in detail to people that have driven the car with the racing seats.
Of the many comments I heard one did stand out- "The car was so fast that when I drove it I was glad to have the support of the racing seats ". For this reason I have decided to keep the racing seats. Also, on my current car one regret I do have is being unable to fit a four point harness without having to buy brand-new seats. By getting the shell seats that will be easy to do, even though I only track my car a couple to three times a year. Believe it or not, those precious minutes on track versus the rest of the year seem to stand out more and more powerfully on my car ownership Experience then all the relatively invisible and uneventful commuter miles spent in the car the remainder of the year. The consensus I get is that the buckets are more comfortable overall but it's not like the racing shell seats are torture contraptions from the dark ages either.
Ideally I would love to have contrasting stitching everywhere in the car but I will be happy with the contrast stitching that comes as standard on the racing shell seats. Seeing as how this is going to be my third R8 I have learned very well how quickly the interior becomes invisible when you're driving this amazing car on a quiet Sunday morning or to and from work.
I will be doing the extended leather package. But it does not include contrasting stitching on the dash or doors.
The standard bucket seats get uncomfortable fast. Tried them, liked them...until I drove over 100 km in them. They are too thin and barely offer comfort. Depends what you're looking for.
Had a call from my local Audi dealership at the end of last week to see if I was prepared to take out a potential customer so he could be a passenger in a car with bucket seats fitted, all their remaining R8's only had sports seats. Took the customer for a ride today over a range of different roads and at the end also agreed that the car was right with the bucket seats...................Out of interest I tried one of the demonstrators with the sports seats again, comfortable I don't disagree, but I am really pleased I have the bucket seats.
For me when you get in the car and slide into the bucket seats you know that you are driving a special car........................