A seat can make or break a sports car. If the driver can’t safely operate the wheel and pedals in a secure and comfortable manner then no matter how many lateral Gs the car can pull or how fast it stops the driver is simply another passenger.
Imagine if you would a new M3, capable of 1g of lateral load with the seats out of a 1971 2002, supportive for that era since they weren’t as capable of a machine as they are today, but in a modern uber coupe like the E92 M3, the driver would simply slide around the seat with very little control of the car.
BMW sport seats are some of the best on the market, just have a seat in a new M6 or M3 and immediately you know their purpose is all about keeping you in one place, and firmly so. BMW is one of the few companies making sports cars today that rally “gets it”
But even the BMW sport seats need to appeal to a broad customer base, they must offer some flexibility in width, reach, and comfort adjustment. Not so for the BMW Performance Seats, as these are truly race inspired with the emphasis on track usage.
Sadly, these wonderful units are not available as an option for U.S. bound M3s but for those lucky few in Europe that have the means to order a new M3 and have the intention on tracking their new toy, I highly recommend them not only for their weight saving (20+lbs/ seat) but for the security they offer in truly being able to explore the limits of your world class BMW.
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