Simple Seats, Please

Automobile Staff

Seats. We take them for granted. Driving the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution last weekend, I realized that I really love excellent, minimalist seats. The Recaro perches in the Evo offer only two adjustments (fore and aft, recline). Despite this, they fit me perfectly. The most interesting aspect of these seats is that they don’t have giant, over-the-top bolsters. But when you whip the Evo into a corner, you don’t move.

Cars like the Dodge Viper as well as the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and CLK63 Black Series have seats with giant side bolsters that, to be honest, annoy me. I tend to bump my elbows on parts of the seats and they are too confining. Why are the Recaro seats in the Evo just as supportive? Part of this is because the seats on the Mitsubishi are covered in cloth. I’m not a big fan of leather. It's cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Sure, heating and cooling/ventilating the seats helps this issue but cloth is cheaper and lighter. I’ve always dreamed that companies like Porsche would once again offer cloth seats in the USA. Wouldn’t it be great to get a stripped 911 GT3 with no sunroof and manual cloth sport seats?

Plus, you can have a bit more fun with the design of the cloth seats. The plaid seats in the Volkswagen GTI are great. That said, I’m not so sure we need to go back to the questionable checkerboard design on the buckets fitted to the Porsche 928.

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