VW and Recaro develop futuristic bucket seats for high-end Golfs
Seat of contentment POSITION OF POWER: The Volkswagen R32 is powerful enough to throw you around, but its new bucket seats keep you firmly in place

“FAR OUT” is not a term you would normally use to describe car seats. Come to think of it, it’s not a term anyone uses much anymore.

Before we get to the seats, for the benefit of those who don’t know “Woodstock”, “free love” or “flower power”, “far out” means awesome, or out of this world.

Like, “dude, that bass is totally far out”.

Volkswagen – a company well-acquainted with flower and power – fitted its 250bhp Golf R32 with bucket seats that are absolutely far out.

They don’t look like any other car seat on earth. As a matter of fact, they resemble seats on a Klingon Bird Of Prey spaceship.

Again, for folks younger than Beyonce, Klingons are bad guys in the 1960s TV sci-fi series Star Trek. They have unique facial bone structures and bad hair days year round.

At this juncture, I am reminded of a toilet joke on Klingons and Uranus. But this being a family paper, I’ll skip it.

Moving back to those thrones in the R32, the picture you see here tells only half the story.

You have to try them out. VW, being obviously proud of them, supplied an R32 over the weekend for a try-out.

The seats feel as good as they look. Now I know why the Klingons do not get up unless they have to shoot someone.

Jointly developed by VW and seats specialist Recaro, the grey-leathered bun-holders are ribbed for better grip.

The side bolsters are supportive even when the torquey R32 is sweeping a corner at warp speed. But unlike those in the limited edition Subaru WRX S204, they do not bear-hug you.

Instead of resorting to fanciful motorised side supports (like new-fangled seats Mercedes-Benz and BMW offer), VW’s new sports buckets rely on pure ergonomics and were obviously constructed after intensive field research.

In other words, they measured a lot of posteriors before coming up with this clever design. Cleverer still, is the way the backrest is folded to allow passengers to get to the three-door’s rear row. There are no unsightly levers to spoil the streamlined styling. Instead, triggers built into vents on the backrests unlock them.

And you know what? They are the first bucket seats without adjustable headrests that I find comfortable. Indeed, they make an appreciable difference to the already sumptuous R32.

But you don’t have to own an R32 to enjoy them. The seats are $6,000 options which you can order for a GTI, too.

Far out!