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I was just wondering if leather seats came as an option for the RS. I have noticed that only a couple of the ones I came across for sale had them. Is the leather any good/heated etc... Thanks for any info on the topic!

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Yes leather was an option, you can also get it aftermarket. Personally, I think the reason you dont see more RSs with leather is because most owners don't like sliding around in their seats.
 

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For me neither, I'd say if you can find it already installed go for it. If you want to install it after purchase, go aftermarket... it should be substantially less $$ than going through the dealer.
 

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Well, the only leather available from the factory for the old cars was black, with red stitch on the seams. I'm not a big fan of black leather (gets too hot!!!), but I did want leather in my car at the time, so I went aftermarket. I was in New Hampshire at the time, and a lot of dealerships, for all sorts of marques, went through Classic Soft Trim for leather options. So it was aftermarket leather, but purchased through the dealer.

I opted for a really light grey color.

I personally think aftermarket's a better deal, and some say the quality's better. Depends on where you go though, and what grade of leather you use.

Personally? Had I to do it again, I wouldn't have gotten leather, at least right away. Why? The OEM seats aren't very good, and I really want sport seats. But not only are they expensive to get, but I have leather in my car, so I'd have to worry about matching the rest of my interior. (Maybe not right away, but eventually, if I wanted my car to look half decent. :) )

To do that, I'd personally go with leather side bolsters and hip bolsters, and leather backing and headrest, but suede/Alcantara inserts (seat and back cushion). Leather's not grippy, as others have mentioned.

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