Looks way better and feels nicer when shifting then the base model knob. Doesn't get too cold in the winter, not sure about how hot it will get in the summer yet but probably won't get hot. Great upgrade, especially with the alcantara shift boot.
Overall I am very satisfied with this shifter. I wanted something sportier while still retaining that factory look and I found it with this shift knob. Looks amazing and your hand does not freeze in the winter or burn in the summer as it does with the factory aluminum knob. I would recommend this knob to anyone looking to upgrade the appearance of their interior.