In our scope of delivery, we offer the KW V3 Leveling coilover kit for the Mercedes-Benz V-class (Vito and Vito Tourer included) with and without 4-Matic (AWD). In this post, we dig deeper into the differences between a “normal” KW V3 coilover kit and the KW V3 Leveling.
Here, at KW automotive, it is common sense that a coilover kit always comes with compromises. This is why we aim to develop the perfect coilover kit for every demand. This high demand on ourselves enabled us to become the worldwide market leader in our segment in the past years.
We are popular for numerous developments for different motorsport series and for our coilover kits that enable maximum lowering within the framework of the parts certificate. Additionally, the majority of our coilover kits and dampers offer freedom: Our customers are able to adjust the damper characteristic to their needs and desires.
It is therefore no wonder, that the KW V3 coilover kit (former name: KW Variant 3) became our best-sold coilover kit since its market entry.
The KW V3: Always a good choice – but why?
If someone is clueless about which KW coilover kit he should retrofit his car with, he often takes KW V3 coilovers. Multi-valve technology, separately adjustable lowspeed compression and rebound combined with non-adjustable highspeed valves for compression and rebound is what made the V3 so popular.
Many customers still believe that the KW V3 with its separately adjustable dampers is rocket science for the street. Let me tell you – it’s not. The adjustment of the KW V3 coilover kit is as simple as mounting a new wheel set.
The KW V3 always has pre-set damper characteristics that perfectly fit your car. This KW V3 setup is as stiff as needed and as comfortable as possible. Times are changing, and many drivers don’t favor the sportiness of their series suspension.
Unfortunatley, not everything that rolls out of the factory with a suspension system and a stiff spring rate alone, coupled with a conventional damper, can be deemed a true sports suspension. However, for those seeking to enhance their ride, swapping out for a coilover suspension that drops the car to the max may not be the go-to solution for our customers. A solution must be found.
Many are concerned that they can’t drive over bad streets, speed bumps, field paths, or steep driveways and parking garage ramps with a lowered car. Especially outside Middle Europe, speed bumps are widespread on regular streets.
The KW V3 Leveling is the best compromise for those that love the driving characteristic that comes with a KW V3 but don’t desire maximum lowering. Our Leveling coilover kit enables a sporty-harmonious driving behavior while still having plenty of ride comfort and minimum lowering (or even serial ground clearance!).
For the Mercedes-Benz V-class (W447) – facelift model included – we also offer the KW V3 Leveling coilover kit. After driving the car with our product and BBS wheels in 19 inches, our retail partners were impressed. Not only the driver was convinced by the product, but the passengers in the back seats were also in awe – the travel comfort is unbeatable in a V-class with KW V3 Leveling inside.
The difference is in the detail
Spring struts and damper housings of our KW V3 Leveling coilver kits are made of stainless steel. Lowspeed rebound is adjustable within 9 clicks, whereas compression has 16 clicks.
The lowspeed compression valves (TVC-A technology) of the KW V3 Leveling are built differently. The same goes for the lowspeed rebound with TVR-A technology.
In comparison to the “normal” KW V3, the KW V3 Leveling coilovers have longer spring struts and damper housing. We also use other spring rates in this product.
When you have a closer look, you can see that we combined the purple spring perch made of polyamide composite material and stainless-steel insert with a black perch (also made of composite material) as well. Moreover, the KW V3 Leveling coilover springs aren’t whetted.
This is how the Mercedes-Benz V class with KW V3 Leveling inside drives
The KW V3 Leveling offers an ideal balance between driving dynamics and driving comfort. The popular unstable driving characteristic of the Mercedes-Benz V-class and Vito Tourer disappears with a KW V3 Leveling inside. With the series suspension and dampers, this was often the case when changing lanes at high speeds.
In the pre-adjusted basic setup of the KW V3 Leveling coilover kit, the Mercedes-Benz van has direct feedback and the entire car body is supported efficiently in curves. Even on long journeys or driving over long street bumps, travel comfort is increased without the body swaying much.
Our KW V3 Leveling coilover kit for the V-class with rear axle drive (Vito Tourer) enables lifting of up to 5 millimeters and lowering of up to 15 millimeters at the front axle. At the rear axle, ten millimeters of lifting is possible as well.
We also offer the KW V3 Leveling coilovers for the Mercedes-Benz V-class with all-wheel drive. Due to its design, all 4-matic models can’t be lifted with the help of a KW V3 Leveling. The front and rear axle enables a lowering of 10 to 30 millimeters.
You can buy the KW V3 Leveling directly at KW or at one of our many retail partners. Those that buy the KW V3 Leveling at our installation partners always have an experienced contact person regarding individual coilover setup.
Those of you that like to know more about the KW V3 Leveling coilover kit can now watch our small YouTube series “What Happens When” where we sent KW testimonial Sidney Hoffmann on exceptional test parcours.