Thanks for all the comments!
I think they are. I know that it was a very big deal for Lotus to get these seats from Sparco because there are all kinds of restrictions on the seats. For example, unlike European cars, they can't do the Lotus logo in contrast stitching on the seat. But, in fairness to Lotus and Sparco, the seats are very good (right level of comfort and hold on cornering) and look good in person (much better than in this particular shot). Re cupholder -- I can't imagine what they were thinking in the design. It's so silly trying to reach way behind you blindly with a cup of sloshing liquid because they located the cup holder like 6" behind the seat. The Lotus cup holder in my 2011 Elise is an aluminum ring with a little leather strap that slides forward from under the radio -- it's not a bad design, although the cup holder is actually too small to hold most cups.