Now that the KW Variant 3 Coil-Over suspension has been installed and the car re-aligned, it was time to see what sort of improvement in lap times the suspension upgrade brings. KW’s installation and tuning information included with the kit provide initial recommendations for ride height, as well as rebound and compression settings. Figuring this was the best place to start, we dialed in the system to their recommendations, and headed for the track.
We ran the car on both the O.E. Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires, as well as on our wide Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec competition tires. As expected, both configurations went faster than the last time we drove the car with the stock springs and shocks. Interestingly, the Dunlops gained more than the O.E. tires did, suggesting they have more potential not realized with the O.E. suspension. Subjectively, the car now feels more at home on the track, responding to driver inputs with greater authority than before.