Few suspension firms have the resources, experience and capability to develop suspension ranges quite as swiftly as BILSTEIN, and the German damping god’s have once again proven their ability to develop top-notch suspension in no time at all by launching an all new B12 kit, one designed for the VW Group MQB platform. The B12 kit of matched springs and uprated dampers has been developed for the Mk7 Golf, the Audi A3 8V and the Seat Leon 5F, and promises dramatic improvements in road-holding and cornering ability.
The much vaunted MQB chassis was released some years ago and has continued to expand, finding fans across the globe thanks to its supple chassis, wide-ranging capabilities, and the fact that it can so readily be tweaked and tuned. BILSTEIN’s decision to launch a B12 kit for 3 of the most popular models within the MQB range makes a great deal of sense then, and its latest offering should be considered a must-fit kit by those owners’ keen to maximize the handling traits of their Golf, A3 or Leon.
Long considered one of the most balanced ranges offered by BILSTEIN, the B12 Pro Kit manages to blend out-and-out road and track performance with everyday usability and comfort. A matched spring and damper package that promises massive improvements in road holding, BILSTEIN’s B12 Pro Kit features Eibach’s progressively wound springs and gas pressure dampers, a setup that’s proved its worth under the arches of countless race and rally cars. This, combined with the firm’s Professional Cornering System (PCS), results in dramatic improvements in damping performance.
BILSTEIN’s world renowned mono-tube/Upside-Down, gas pressure technology plays a massive part in the B12’s broad spread of abilities, as does the comprehensive development and testing process that all BILSTEIN products undergo before being released for sale. Designed and made in Germany, the Golf/A3/Leon B12 Pro Kit has full TUV approval, Germany’s famously stringent version of our own MOT, so MQB owners can rest assured that they’re buying a stunningly engineered product.
The all new B12 Pro Kit will lower any VW Group model it’s fitted to by 40mm (less on sports models) enough to improve handling thanks to a lower centre of gravity and to make the car in question look more purposeful, but not so far as to cause issues when driving on the UK’s patchy road network. It should be noted that BILSTEIN’s B12 uprights have been designed to fit those cars with 55mm front and rear multi-link fitting, and should therefore only be installed on models with it in situ.
BILSTEIN’s all new B12 Pro Kit looks set to be one of the most significant products for the ever-expanding MQB range for some time, and one which has the potential to transform the handling traits of these already tight and focused cars.
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