Ultimate Bride Seats Guide

Joe Terrell
08/31/202131st August, 2021
Filed under Universal Guides

Iconic seat manufacturer Bride is best-known for its legendary JDM designs. In this guide, we’re looking at their range and where their story began.

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Introduction & FAQ

If you’re looking for the ultimate seating options for your ride, then there are a few manufacturers that are likely to top your considerations list.

While famous names such as Recaro, Sparco, or even budget options such as Corbeau are frequently thrown into the mix, there’s a clear industry leader when it comes to the JDM selection - BRIDE.

Established in 1981, Bride has become the seat of choice for JDM legends such as Keiichi Tsuchiya, Naoki Nakamura, and Daigo Saito.

Having passed the stringent Japanese ASEA approval, with rigorous safety benchmarks, BRIDE has proven to provide some of the most eye-pleasing, timeless designs and remains at the forefront of safety in both road and track cars.

Passing ASEA’s strict testing procedures is far from simple, with products required to pass many harsh tests successfully, comprised of a “head restraint forward crash test,” “head restraint static test,” “seat and seat mounting test,” “seat belt mounting test,” and “flame resistance test.”

As well as its seal of approval from ASEA, BRIDE is also the first Japanese seating manufacturer to earn an FIA license, with a total of nine models in their range approved for competing at the highest levels of drift competitions across the globe.

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Proudly sporting the “Made in Japan” tag on their seats, their superior quality is exactly what you’d expect from some of the finest craftsmen in the industry.

Combining refined hand-crafted skills with advanced materials and strict quality control, you can count on BRIDE to deliver the ultimate products, whatever your needs.

Many of their range comes in a variety of options, from the more affordable FRP options right the way to Carbon Aramid – the raw material of Kevlar.

With Kevlar best known for its use in bulletproof vests, alongside super aramid, you can count on this to provide the best possible support in the worst-case scenarios, thanks to their overwhelming rupture resistance.

Each seat shell from BRIDE has been crafted entirely by hand by their skilled employees, from the resin and curing agent, right the way through to carbon and aramid fibers.

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After a thorough inspection, each seat is ready to leave the factory to find its home in some of the finest race cars across the world - but will it find its way into your ride?

You’ll have to check out our full range of BRIDE seats below to decide the perfect option for your needs!

Are Bride Seats Universal?

Mostly, yes. When you purchase a BRIDE seat, it’ll typically fit any car, but you’ll need to remember that each vehicle will need specific rails to fit correctly.

There are some rare exceptions. For example, cars such as Lotus Exige, Elise, and sometimes even smaller vehicles like a Miata will often have shoulder-width limitations.

In this case, you may need to bear this in mind and look at the narrower options.

Thankfully Enjuku Racing has a comprehensive range of genuine BRIDE rails for various applications, and they come highly recommended by us at Drifted.

Bride Seats Pronunciation

When you purchase your stunning new seats, they’re likely to become a talking point at the local meet, so it’s always a good idea to get clued up on the correct pronunciation of the brand!

Although many enthusiasts will (quite understandably) refer to the brand as its spelled - BRIDE - the pronunciation is actually “Brid” in Japan.

Knock-off/Replica/Fake Bride Seats

True JDM enthusiasts will most likely let out a sigh of frustration here, but unfortunately, the used market when it comes to BRIDE seats are flooded with fakes.

In Europe, a fake company, which used the trademark of “Bride Europe” began misleading innocent consumers into assuming they had purchased from a European BRIDE vendor, despite being no better than your usual fakes.

For those of you considering buying fake/replica seats, we beg you to reconsider. Doing so is putting your life in danger, as they are likely to have gone through no testing whatsoever, unlike the authentic seats, which have to pass incredibly harsh testing.

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If you’ve seen some Bride seats come up for cheap, and you’re questioning whether they’re genuine, the age-old saying – “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” – couldn’t be more accurate.

Given that BRIDE seats are hand-crafted using the most meticulous quality scrutinization, we certainly wouldn’t expect to be questioning whether they’re real or not.

If they look fake, we’re willing to bet they are - it’s that simple.

With that covered, it’s time to take a look at the most sought-after seats in the BRIDE range, which will be the perfect match for old-school classics through to high-spec, modern-day competition drift cars!


Best Bride Seat Models

With such a wide selection to choose from when it comes to BRIDE seats, we’re going to look at how they compare and help you decide the perfect option for your specific requirements.

Whether you’re looking for a period-correct seat for your classic race car or an FIA-approved racing seat for your drift weapon, there’s something for everyone in the following selection.

Let’s check out the very best of the BRIDE seat range.

Bride A.I.R

bride air red frp jdm

  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Red
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride A.I.R

Our comment: One of the brand-new products in the BRIDE range is their A.i.R. series.

With a classy, unique design, the A.i.R. range is designed for two-seater vehicles such as the Nissan 350Z.

Utilizing the much-loved LOWMAX system alongside their newly-designed Formula Driving Position, this is perfect for those lacking head clearance.

Increased back rigidity through a semi-monocoque structure on the hip-side provides superior holding performance, making it an ideal choice for maximum snugness when throwing it down sideways.

With this excellent, fresh design weighing in at just 6.8kg, it’s also bound to help you shed some weight in your ride.

Manufacturer description:A newly designed Formula Driving Position with LOWMAX system. Full bucket seat for 2 seater vehicles in stream design.

By adopting the newly designed Formula Driving Position and the LOWMAX system, the head clearance can be secured, so we will provide the optimum seat position for high-height drivers. Utilizing an FRP silver shell for the shell material, it is finished with a light weight of 6.8kg.


Bride Digo III

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Charcoal Gray, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Digo III

Our comment: If you’re looking for a slim-fit reclining seat for your vehicle, then the Digo III could well be the answer you’re after.

With a width of just 485mm, this can fit even the narrowest of applications, and they’ve also shaved off 30mm from the height by this version, making it even more versatile.

While this is a fantastic option for those with restricted space in a compact car, the lack of base support will likely become an issue if you’re planning on drifting or even pushing hard in the twisties.

With that said, it’s a great option if you lack space and looking for a convenient option for entering and exiting your vehicle.

Although they’re not going to be an ideal choice for everyone, those prioritizing comfort may well want to consider opting for the Bride Digo III.

Manufacturer description:A compact comfort seat perfect for car models with tight interiors.

The DIGO II Series slims down the shoulder support for car models with tight interiors such as light cars of 550 cc or less. Therefore, it is an extremely compact seat with a shoulder width of 465mm. Additionally, it is designed with a lower knee support section to increase ease of boarding/exiting. This model matches car models such as light and compact cars.


Bride Euroster II

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Charcoal Gray, Gradation, Gray, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Euroster II

Our comment: Another seat in the “comfort” range is the EUROSTER, which is a fantastic choice for those that are frequently undertaking longer journeys.

Utilizing a high-class faux suede fabric, these feature the new Ergonomics Design, which provides the ultimate driving comfort.

BRIDE has marketed the EUROSTER as an ideal option for those looking to transition from the comfort of a luxury vehicle to sports seats for the first time.

While you can expect all of the comforts that your OEM seats have to offer, the lack of holdability means that they’re not going to be an ideal choice for drifting.

Manufacturer description:Focusing on comfort such as sitting comfort and ease of boarding/exiting, etc. to avoid getting tired even on long drives.

The EUROSTER series is designed to be a seat focusing on comfort such as sitting comfort, ease of boarding/exiting, and operability while keeping the driver from getting tired. In terms of holdability as well, the seat’s design doesn’t sacrifice ease of boarding/exiting. This is the perfect model for those changing to a sports seat for the first time.


Bride Euroster II Cruz

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Charcoal Gray, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Euroster II Cruz

Our comment: If the Euroster alone doesn’t provide enough comfort for your requirements, these Cruz seats will offer additional luxuries.

Not only do you get optional armrests for supreme comfort on those long journeys, but the Cruz has also been fitted with a seat heater, which plugs into your 12V socket.

If you’re looking for the ultimate comfort from your new BRIDE seats, and you’re not concerned about the lack of base support required for drifting - look no further!

Manufacturer description:The installed armrest enables long drives without getting tired. A comfort reclining seat using a luxurious faux-suede seat material. EUROSTERII CRUZ is a standard comfort seat model with an ergonomic design perfect for long drives, created so that a specialized arm rest (sold separately) can be attached.

It uses a luxurious faux-suede fabric as its seat material. In addition to its pleasant texture, it is also slip-resistant, making it an excellent seat material that realizes moderate hold performance. EUROSTER’s well-balanced design is popular among those who are purchasing their first sport seat, as it fits types of cars from wagons and mini-vans to highway TOYOTA Hi-Ace 200 lines.


Bride Euroster II Sporte

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Leather – Beige, Black, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Euroster II Sporte

Our comment: You’re probably wondering where the rest of the seat is, but that’s the unique selling point of the “Sporte” model.

Those of you looking for the ultimate comfort in your old-school classic can enjoy this unique low-back, protein leather alternative.

Although the seat doesn’t meet the Japanese safety requirements due to the lack of headrest, it’s the perfect choice for a classic car or other unique vehicles and has found a strong following from marine enthusiasts.

While these aren’t what you’ll be wanting for your competition drift car, they’re a unique offering nonetheless!

Manufacturer description:A neoclassic low back seat featuring the seat of the EUROSTER Series, with its ultimate comfort and performance, equipped with a newly designed FRP shell backrest.

The EUROSTER II SPORTE is a low back reclining seat which uses protein leather as its seat material. The seat is based on the EUROSTER II, praised for its comfort, while the back rest uses a newly designed shell made of FRP with a focus on holdability. Due to its lack of a head rest it does not meet Japan’s current safety standards, but it is a new style of seat which can be used in ships like pleasure boats and classic cars, etc.


Bride Histrix

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Histrix

Our comment: The Histrix will provide a tremendous period-correct style bucket seat for vintage vehicle owners.

This simple, fixed bucket seat made from high-grade leather and a super aramid shell is a popular and classy finishing touch to any classic cars’ old-school interior.

Manufacturer description:High quality low back model armed with super aramid for classic sports. A masterpiece of low-back seat, which has been resurrected by strong demand from users.

Design and sticking materials that harmonize with classic cars. The surface of the seat has a leather texture, high-grade synthetic leather and also excellent durability is adopted. Super aramid which is strong against breaking strength is used for shell. Besides safety, it also brings out a “racing” presence. In addition, the punching work on the back of the seat adopted for breathability is a masterpiece handcrafted by a skilled craftsman of BRIDE.


Bride Stradia III

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Stradia III

Our comment: The Stradia series brings the traditional BRIDE design that JDM fans know and love for drifters looking for a reclining option.

With the most significant update to the series in over fifteen years, the latest design is perfect for canyon carving, circuit driving, or being pushed to its limits in a car thrown sideways.

Utilizing the legendary LOWMAX system for the perfect driving position, along with a one-touch reclining lever coupled with their best reclining mechanism to date, this is one of our favorite seats in the BRIDE range.

If you’re after a seat that’ll suit a daily driver where you need to access the rear seats, but you also like to drive hard or hit up the track, look no further - Stradia has you covered.

Manufacturer description:A characteristic seat design that realizes easy boarding/exiting and holdability.

The STRADIA series, which has undergone its first full model change in about 15 years, is a new generation of reclining seat created with BRIDE’s original idea in mind: to combine the hold performance required for circuit driving with the convenience and comfort for daily use. From the design, body shell and frame to the cushion, and reclining mechanism, BRIDE is a newly designed flagship model created with 40 years of cultivated experience and technology in the motor sports scene.


Bride Streams

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Black (Leather), Charcoal Grey, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Reclining
  • Purchase link: Bride Streams

Our comment: Another option for those looking for a comfortable daily driver, the STREAMS series offers a medical comfort seat to the market, perfect for longer drives.

Despite its relatively flat shape, the STREAMS range is still capable of providing moderate support.

In addition, it absorbs shaking and impact, reducing fatigue over time, helping to prevent back pain thanks to reducing the shock on the lumbar vertebrae.

With extra features such as a rear storage compartment and a 12V seat heater, it’s not an ideal choice for drifting, but it could be worth considering if you’re used to grinding out miles on the highway.

Manufacturer description:Ergonomic body-friendly medical comfort model.

The STREAMS series is a seat designed to reduce the burden on the driver’s body during driving. Ergonomic backrests and seating surfaces always keep a good hold feeling and an appropriate driving position. Body-friendly medical comfort reclining seat[adjustable seat], that is the STREAMS series.


Bride Xero CS

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Xero CS

Our comment: Bride’s Xero range introduces its exciting new fixed bucket seat offerings to the market.

If you’re wondering the difference between this, the RS, and the VS models, it falls down to size.

The CS model is the medium-sized offering in the range for width and features longer head containment bolsters than the smaller VS offering.

For those of you that loved the now-discontinued Bride Zeta range, the Xero is its successor.

Although you can no longer get yourself a brand-new Zeta, we feel that the Xero is a worthy replacement for the much-loved seat.

Utilizing their LOWMAX technology alongside input from some of the worlds’ best racing drivers, this FIA-approved seat is going to be a superb option for those looking to drift or race competitively.

Manufacturer description:A full bucket seat for a next generation, combining high functionality, comfort, and safety. In the unlikely event of an accident or collision, the XERO RS is equipped with a large head guards to help protect your head. This full bucket seat was manufactured down to the smallest detail for driveability that far outclasses its contemporaries without compromising safety.

Its fit and comfort have both been improved through its design, made to hug the hips and femoral region, while quilted fabric lining the inner knee supports provides superior fit and seated comfort. These features make fatigue caused by long-distance enduro race practically a thing of the past, allowing the driver to maintain high levels of concentration while driving.


Bride Xero RS

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Xero RS

Our comment: If you loved the look of the Xero CS model above, but you’re looking for something broader with longer head containment bolsters, then you’ll want to check out this option.

Manufacturer description:A full bucket seat for a next generation, combining high functionality, comfort, and safety. In the unlikely event of an accident or collision, the XERO RS is equipped with a large head guards to help protect your head. This full bucket seat was manufactured down to the smallest detail for driveability that far outclasses its contemporaries without compromising safety.

Its fit and comfort have both been improved through its design, made to hug the hips and femoral region, while quilted fabric lining the inner knee supports provides superior fit and seated comfort. These features make fatigue caused by long-distance enduro race practically a thing of the past, allowing the driver to maintain high levels of concentration while driving.


Bride Xero VS

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Xero VS

Our comment: If you’re a slimmer-build, and you’re looking for an FIA-approved seat for a car with a smaller cockpit such as a Miata or perhaps even a Lotus Elise/Exige, then look no further.

Although this features the same design as the Xero CS model we reviewed above, this is the narrowest offering in the range, making it an ideal choice for cockpits where a lack of space is a known issue.

Manufacturer description:A full bucket seat for a next generation, combining high functionality, comfort, and safety. In the unlikely event of an accident or collision, the XERO RS is equipped with a large head guards to help protect your head. This full bucket seat was manufactured down to the smallest detail for driveability that far outclasses its contemporaries without compromising safety.

Its fit and comfort have both been improved through its design, made to hug the hips and femoral region, while quilted fabric lining the inner knee supports provides superior fit and seated comfort. These features make fatigue caused by long-distance enduro race practically a thing of the past, allowing the driver to maintain high levels of concentration while driving.


Bride ZETA IV

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride ZETA IV

Our comment: ZETA is another legend in the drifting scene, and it’ll likely come as no surprise that it’s been BRIDE’s best-selling bucket seat since 1990.

Designed with racing in mind, Bride’s highly versatile Zeta rage can be fitted into a wide selection of applications thanks to its ergonomic design.

Once again, utilizing their LOWMAX technology, drifters are spoiled with another superb fixed-back option, this time a more daily driver-friendly option than the Xero range, yet still with FIA approval and HANS device compatibility.

If you’re looking for a friendly option for the weekdays that’s still capable of being pushed to the limits at the drift track when the weekend arrives, here’s your solution.

Manufacturer description:ZETA is the full bucket seat standard model of BRIDE.

ZETA is the best seller of BRIDE full bucket seat standard model since 1990. This was designed to match the human skeleton and body shape, and considered for the safety of road going, circuit driving and other motorsports. ZETA is the racing comfort model.


Bride Zieg IV

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  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal
  • Color options: Black, Gradation, Red
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Zieg IV

Our comment: If you like the idea of the ZETA range above, but you’re worried about struggling with the bolsters when it comes to shopping trips, the ZIEG series provides the solution.

With added convenience over the Zeta, yet more than enough support for hard track sessions, it’s no surprise that the Zieg has become increasingly popular in recent years.

With integrated LOWMAX technology and FIA approval, this will undoubtedly be a contender to Zeta’s crown for many daily-driven drifters.

Manufacturer description:Deep hold shape ideal for circuit driving.

ZIEG series has a deep hold shape shell design with the round backrest line for wrapping the driver deeper to withstand strong lateral G during high speed such as circuit driving. This is a model that pursues the most important “hold performance” required for full bucket seats.


Bride Zodia

bride zodia black frp low max system lotus elise exige jdm

  • Manufacturer: Bride
  • Fitment: Universal (Designed for Lotus Elise/Exige)
  • Color options: Black
  • Seat type: Fixed back
  • Purchase link: Bride Zodia

Our comment: The Bride Zodia is one of the lesser-known models in the range.

Designed for the tightest interiors, where having clearance and space for bucket seats is a real issue, is where the Zodia will fit right at home.

While the Lotus Elise and Exige were the primary considerations for creating the Zodia, they’re also likely to be a perfect fit for a range of smaller applications.

We’ve found that they’re often the perfect fit for JDM kei cars, such as the Suzuki Cappuccino and Honda Beat.

With the right seat rails, the Zodia could also become an ideal solution for a wide selection of smaller cars, and we’d highly recommend whether they’ll suit your application.

Manufacturer description:Competition-use fixed bucket seats exclusively designed for Elise, Exige, Beat, and Cappuccino.

ZODIA is a competition-use fixed bucket seat designed for sports cars with extremely tight interior space such as Lotus Elise, Lotus Exige, Honda Beat, and Suzuki Cappuccino. It is designed with a compact form so it can be installed in tight seat spaces.


Our winners


Our Drifted Choice goes to the Bride Xero CS.

Our ultimate pick for drifting is the Bride Xero range.

When it comes to the ultimate Bride seat for competitive drifting, the Bride Xero CS is the ideal choice, but there’s also the larger-sized Xero RS, and smaller Xero VS to consider.

Bride Xero CS

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Our Bride Fixed Back Choice

Our Fixed Back Choice is the Bride ZETA range.

Our fixed back choice is the legendary Bride ZETA range; however, the Bride Zieg provides a fantastic alternative if you’re looking for extra clearance when entering and exiting your ride.

Bride ZETA IV

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Our Bride Reclining Choice

Our Reclining Choice is the Bride Stradia range.

For those looking for a bucket seat that’s also capable of reclining when necessary, you’re going to struggle to find a better choice for your needs than the Bride Stradia series.

Bride Stradia III

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Thank you for reading our Bride seats guide.

With a fantastic range of stunning, hand-crafted seats, it’s easy to see why BRIDE is so proud to maintain the standards set by their ‘Made in Japan’ reputation.

While they’re not the cheapest, you get what you pay for when it comes to safety, and seats are no exception.

If you’re considering buying your BRIDE seats second-hand, we highly recommend that you do your best to ensure that they’re the real deal, as there’s a concerning quantity of dangerous fake products out there.


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