For all of you that had hopes of placing the beauties in your car some time in the near future; we bring you some news.The good news is that for all you reading this from outside the US of A this has no bearing on you, the bad news is what many had already speculated.
These fantastically designed and engineered seats bearing the BMW Performance branding will not be for sale from the product launch in the US. They do not contain the passenger occupancy mat as is required for all passenger cars in the US. The interesting thing is they did manage to design in side airbags and all of the other safety features.
Sources indicate that BMWNA has not ruled out future availability of these seats as they are aware there is a definite market for them. US pricing or a possible date the seats may become available for the US has not been discussed or even speculated as there are too many variables (such as testing that must be completed if the mats are eventually built in) to consider. While we would love to see these seats brought to the US it hard to imagine there is much market for them in the current financial climate.
It would be interesting to see the sales numbers on these after the first year; they are a great looking seat with immense purpose yet how many would be willing to spend the bucks required to call them their own?