The suspension manufacturer KW automotive has developed the KW coilovers Clubsport 2-way and Variant 3 for the new Mazda MX-5. The roadster now benefits from an even more direct handling and a better grip with the adjustable suspension kit that allows you to independently adjust compression and rebound damping. It doesn´t matter if it is for the MX-5 with 131 hp or 160 hp. Both the MX-5s directly react to every driving maneuver and enable an extremely sporty driving experience without suffering in comfort. Additionally, the aluminum coilover suspensions made in Germany allow a continuous lowering of 45 mm. The KW Clubsport coilover kit includes a racing spring system and Clubsport top mounts.
In the eyes of many roadster fans, Mazda seems to have done everything right with the fourth generation of the popular MX-5: light weight vehicle, short wheelbase, harmonious design, nippy engines, rear-wheel drive and a fabric folding roof! Now, the KW Variant 3 coilover suspension and the Clubsport 2-way kit are available for the popular Japanese roadster. With the suspensions made of aluminum, the MX-5 not only receives an optically attractive lowering that can be set continuously from 20 to 45 mm at the four high-strength aluminum struts, but the car also gets an increase in driving dynamics.
The Mazda MX-5 also in its fourth edition is one of the most popular cars in amateur sports. It does not matter if the roadster is used for slalom or at track days on the circuit. “Exactly for this target group we have also developed our KW Clubsport coilovers for the current MX-5”, explains KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. “The Clubsport and the Variant 3 both feature dampers that are adjustable in compression and rebound.” Due to the dampers, that are adjustable in compression damping with twelve clicks, the drive wheels always have traction. In addition, the dampers can be adjusted in rebound damping with 16 clicks, to further increase the handling. The independent compression and rebound adjustment allow to directly influent the rolling movements of the body. “The setting of the compression forces is made via an integrated click wheel at the lower end of the strut housing”, continues KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. “The 16 clicks of rebound can be adjusted on the piston rod.” The rebound allows individual adjustments of the handling characteristics after changing the tire / wheel combination, so MX-5 drivers always have the option to choose the perfect damping setup.
The differences between the Variant 3 and the Clubsport 2-way coilovers is in detail. “Both suspension kits feature fully adjustable dampers and the differences are in spring rate, valve damper assembly and the respective suspension design; not to forget the aluminum Clubsport top mounts.” So the focus for the Clubsport coilover kit is on the regular use of semi slick tires on the race track and fast lap times. The Variant 3 on the other hand has been developed for the sporty driving in everyday life. A roadster equipped with a KW coilover kit Variant 3 takes every curve very direct and fully lies on the street. Bumps and transverse joints are damped by the suspension, finally the days when a coilover suspension was hard at the same time, are long gone. “For example it´s often the case that for a lowering of 30 millimeters, the spring travel may be even ten millimeters longer than at the series dampers. So there is still enough comfort”, explains KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. The adjustment of the continuous lowering between 20 and 45 millimeters is made directly via the trapezoid thread on the aluminum struts. While numerous other suspension providers rely on spring plate made of aluminum, KW only uses spring plates made of a polyamide composite material reinforced with stainless steel. So even after using it several winters it is easy to change the lowering continuously.