At the moment, we are preparing for the worldwide launch of the KW Classic coilover program for the Porsche 911 (G-model). Since the market launch of this popular classic sports car a huge quantum leap has taken place in the chassis technology which drivers of a Porsche G-model can finally benefit from. We are starting our KW Classic suspension program of with the KW Variant 3 dampers with independent compression and rebound adjustability.
Which makes it possible to adjust the damper characteristics individually in a few simple steps. We supply the Variant 3 shock absorbers as a complete kit including the galvanized steel struts and damper housings, which eliminates the need for costly and time consuming strut conversions for front and rear axle.
The Porsche chassis benefits in particular from more sophisticated compression force curves. They eliminate most of the well known “beetle feeling ” of the older 911 chassis. These shocks take also advantage off todays modern tires used nowadays on those cars. This drastically improved feedback from the rear wheels is contributing directly into the drivers chassis confidence. Driving a Porsche F or G model to the limit is all the sudden no longer a matter of how many kilometers you had in those, but rather how you use and set your KW shock absorbers.
The adjustable shock absorber package works with the OE torsion bars, but due to it’s wide adjustment range also with stiffer bars. It features our independent 2-way adjustability and our new forged knuckle/upright plus all necessary mounting hardware.
Carsten Prochaska (on the left), president of the German “Porsche Club für klassische 911 Südwest e.V.”, could convince himself not too long ago. After all, we take our readers seriously and don’t want to make just any marketing statement. That’s why we provided the passionate Porsche enthusiast with a stock Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 (1986) and a Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 type 930 (1981) for a test drive. Why? Both the Carrera and the Turbo are differing quite a bit, not just power- or acceleration wise, even if they share the same chassis. As you might know, an old Turbo has been known for requiring a completely different driving style, it is even mor tail heavy, but has stiffer torsion bars compared to the Carrera. As already stated, both covered with our new suspension setup.
“I was quite excited, especially since I already tested several suspension set-ups for Porsche F- and G-models. And I wanted to convince myself if you can improve on this”, says Carsten Prochaska.
“First of all: Yes, KW can! My arrival was in my lightweight ’78 SC with a sporty road set-up. The back roads around Fichtenberg are quite bumpy and have numerous, long and narrow curves which are fun to experience. My SC without KW suspension tends to lose grip at faster speeds and handled unpredictable in the unfortunately wet conditions at this day. Different, the Turbo and the Carrera 3.2 with KW shock absorbers. They provided enough feedback to touch the limit, even while is was slightly raining. For me the result is impressive. I could drive both test cars much faster on the roads with less effort. This ride was actually stress free. That’s why the SC will also get Variant 3 dampers next year – a really great job from KW!”
Many of you will probably ask now, why we do not offer a non adjustable version of these shock absorbers. There are too many version of those cars around, with too many possible tire and weight combinations. Simply put, non adjustability verses our patented valve technology would just compromise the result.
Our patented valve technology makes it possible to adjust an ideal basic set-up according to our world-renowned and successful suspension philosophy: “As comfortable as possible, as hard as necessary”. Classic Porsche are just as unique as their drivers and many have refined their iconic G-models over the years.
The adjustable valve technology makes it possible to always adjust the ideal damper set-up when carrying out modifications like different wheel/tire combinations, subtle light weight constructions, harder torsion bars or even lowering by adjusting/shifting the torsion bars.
With the suspension kit including this new forged front knuckle/upright, KW has developed a very interesting suspension/chassis option for serious Porsche restorations or just your daily driver. I’m curious how well a G-model will drive with the soon available KW Clubsport kit including race springs and even more track oriented setup.
I’m curious how well a G-model will drive with the soon available KW Clubsport kit including race springs and even more track oriented setup.
In the YouTube-Video above Klaus Frank of our KW suspension R&D explain all features of our new shock absorbers and coilovers for classic Porsche models.