I am the opposite. I use my RS4 every day and love the bucket seats. I actually bought an RS4 'specifically for the bucket seats', after driving 2000 miles down to spain for an article with EVO magazine. I also have recaro buckets in my M3 CSL and used to have the Porsche bucket seats in my GT3.Tell you what guys , save yourself £1600 and don't bother!! I bought a new RS4 and sold it within 4 months because of those seats, as they were so uncomfortable, and a literal pain in the ass getting in and out. In addition, the side bolsters were getting very badly crumpled VERY quickly. I was using the car every day and just couldn't live with them. I was so relieved to see they were not the standard seats in the RS4. They look great, but in the end of the day they need to be comfortable and aren't!! By the way I used to rally and have spent all day in bucket seats in a rally car thro' scottish forests, and been comfortable. Not so with these baby's however IMHO.
Steve,Thanks guys. I'm getting a little tired of my dealer who seems to have broken most of their promises. I should probably check with the R8 team in Audi UK, just to make sure my order has been properly recorded..
£1600 for buckets really is taking the pi$$. Maybe I should just switch them across from my RS4.
It goes without saying that some will find the buckets a bit tight, whilst others will be fine. I am a 32" waist, so the buckets fit me fine. Even so I switch off the automatic tightening function, widen the base of the seats to its maximum setting and then achieve a snug fit on the upright section.I think GR8's post is a fair warning to people not to order these seats unless they have actually been able to sit in them. In the photograph, they look very similar to the seats in a Mercedes McLaren SLR my CEO lent me for some weekend drives. The longest drive I managed to endure was a freeway trip of about 60 miles to visit some relatives. When I got out the car, my hips were so sore I could barely move or stand up. I have not used the car since, and he has sold it.