My wife and I both confirmed the rough starts on the Tourings vs the smooth starts on the GTs. Regardless, as soon as I sat in the GT and felt the leather, I realized that I didn't want to live with pleather and fake suede. It just felt and looked so much better. So, in the grand scheme of things, the price difference was small enough between the two to justify the GT, particularly if I prorate it over a number of years. Besides, you only go around once, and I decided to treat myself for a change since I've always had cloth seats.