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2009-02-16 07:36
Europe’s foremost coil-over suspension specialist – KW Automotive of Germany – will showcase its unique GT-R damper kit in Geneva.

Klaus Wohlfarth’s outfit started out in a small facility located in Murrhardt back in 1992. It has over the next decade and a half grown to become a cutting edge suspension dynamics specialist.

Now employing over 200 people and operating from a sizeable headquarters in Fichtenberg, KW is a major player, providing motorsport participants and enthusiast drivers with performance suspension solutions.

KW approached Japanese importer Hashimoto for a right-hand drive GT-R with the aim of testing its Clubsport and Competition coil-over suspension kit.

Can't say we love the material coded, assembly friendly pink and yellow colour scheme, but those springs and their damper buddies shave nearly two seconds off the GT-R's lap time.

Trick suspension kit

Featuring independently adjustable compression and rebound for each damper and supported by high performance linear springs, KW's kit should provide the perfect foil for the GT-R’s already legendary dynamic handling and road holding control.

Even better is the hydraulic lift system (HLS), which should make lapping speed bump infested shopping mall parking lots in your GT-R a stress-free experience.

The KW HLS 4 system can adjust the GT-R’s ride height at speeds of up to 80km/h, adding 45mm of extra clearance. A further boon is it’s activated by a keychain transmitter or interior remote radio signal button, which negates the need to run wiring inside the car.

KW’s Nissan GT-R rolls on a set of 20-inch OZ three-piece Superleggera six-spoke rims. Grip is provided by 285/35 Dunlop SP Sport 600 DSST high-performance tyres.

Pretty quick

Other features include Recaro bucket seats and Schroth six-point racing belts with LSD adding ghastly gull-wing doors. Is it worth it though?

The ride height adjustability is novel, and lapping the Hockenheim short circuit a full second and a half quicker than the standard GT-R is not to be scoffed at. If you’re a trackday junkie who lives for data collection and Saturday morning pit-lane fiddling, you’ll love it.


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