KW Suspensions – New KW Clubsport Coilovers for Porsche 911 G-Series
For decades, the Porsche 911 has been synonymous with the term sports car. Available now, the suspension manufacturer KW automotive also offers adjustable shock absorbers for numerous historic Porsche 911 (G-models) produced from 1973 – 1989. The KW suspensions systems are now available in three versions. The Variant 3 dampers are available in two different spindle heights, one stock height and one raised 19mm to meet the group 4 homologation requirements, allowing the use with 15” wheels. These Variant 3 damper kits are designed to work with the standard torsion bars on the front and rear axles. In addition, a KW Clubsport is available for track day use. They are a complete coilover conversion featuring adjustable inverted monotube front dampers, linear race springs, adjustable solid top mounts and rear coilovers constructed from aluminum. KW offers various KW Competition suspensions thoroughbred from KW’s motorsports pedigree for the classic Porsche 911.
The classic Porsche 911 models have been characterized for decades by a timeless styling coupled with unadulterated sportiness. Everywhere in the world, the “911” is known as a sports car icon. In addition to the Porsche 911 “original model” (1963 – 1973), the Porsche 911 “G-model”, built from 1973 to 1989, enjoys an unimagined popularity. The demand for an individual suspension kit is accordingly high. Now, KW Variant 3 shock absorbers are available with independently adjustable compression and rebound damping as a complete suspension set with galvanized steel housings for all Porsche 911 (from model year 1974) built from 1973 – 1989. For the first time, it is possible that a suspension kit for the Porsche 911 (G-model) with road approval can be adjusted in driving behavior individually to your own personal driving demands. “Like with every KW suspension development, our adjustable dampers for the Porsche G-model is a vehicle-specific application”, says KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. „For the development, in addition to driving tests on various test and race tracks, we have also used our 7-post rig. This has the great advantage that we can determine an ideal basic setup with at any time reproducible test cycles, even in advance of our test drives without any subjective influence.”
Less body roll on bad roads with a more neutral driving behavior.
With the integrated click-type compression and rebound adjusters, it is easy to individually adjust to the recommended basic setup of the damper. For example, with its 16 click settings, the rebound allows you to directly influence the handling characteristics as well as the driving comfort. With the low speed compression valve, which can be adjusted in twelve clicks, the driving behavior of the classic Porsche can be further increased if desired. For example, a higher compression level on the front axle allows more direct steering, and on the rear axle, higher compression damping forces counteract oversteer. Due to the digressive valve assembly of the pre-configured high speed compression valve, the damping reacts in a positive manner when suddenly driving over bumps on the street. The dampers & wheel can react immediately which prevents the feeling of jumping over a curb. The Porsche 911 equipped with the adjustable KW shock absorbers provide much more direct handling and gains significantly more grip on the rear axle without an increased tendency over-steer. Even the ride comfort is improved. The great advantage besides a quantum leap in terms of driving dynamics is that the “KW suspension kit” features replacement spring struts and dampers, so time-consuming strut conversions with replacement cartridges is not necessary. Also, the standard torsion bar springs on the front and rear axle can still be used.
Also now available with a 19mm lower ride height:
In addition to the OE height V3 damper kits we have a revised version with 19mm raised spindle which effectively lowers the car 19mm. This alternative setup meets the historic Group 4 racing homologation and allows the use of 15” wheels.
KW Clubsport Coilovers for Porsche 911 (G-model)
The KW Clubsport coilover systems are now available for the Porsche 911 G-model. Based on this experience, the basis of the KW Clubsport coilovers are a racing inverted monotube front dampers that utilize linear race springs. Included areadjustable aluminum Uniball top mounts. At the rear axle aluminum dampers housings are used to maximize the weight savings. Increased rebound forces ensure a tighter handling and a significantly reduced rolling of the body. So at very high speeds the steering precision is improved at the driving limit, while on the uneven and wavy road surfaces, a lower rebound stage is advantageous. On the upper damper housing of the KW Clubsport coilover kit for the Porsche 911, the compression stage can be changed with twelve clicks to further increase the driving behavior of the vehicle. “Due to our racing springs and the elimination of the torsion bars, when installing our KW Clubsport coilovers, no special race suitable torsion bars need to be retrofitted”, says KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. The KW Clubsport coilover kit features an approval certificate so it can also be used in public road traffic.
Available products/part numbers for the Porsche 911 G-Series include:
35271864 – Clubsport (Inverted monotube front dampers with linear race springs & top mounts, 19mm raised spindles, aluminum body rear dampers)
35271064 – V3 Damper kit for use with OE torsion bars with 19mm raised from spindles
35271061 – V3
About KW automotive:
KW automotive is market leader and innovator of individual suspension solutions for the street and racing applications. Sporty drivers rely on KW coilover kits with its three street damping variants, as well as on the Nürburgring Nordschleife tested KW Clubsport coilover kits, which are street legal and have a technical component report. Worldwide successful racing teams trust in the patented valve technology of KW Competition kits, the six-time overall winner of the 24-hour-race Nürburgring and winner of the ADAC GT Masters. With its large portfolio of suspension kits, modern production technology, development- and test center, for more than 20 years KW has been succeeding in markets around the world. www.kwsuspensions.com