The ability to tune your car’s custom suspension to suit any terrain and track is of critical importance. Anyone looking to get peak performance from their handling, grip and ride needs to make spring height and balance adjustments without a pit crew.
Generally speaking, there is no time to put your ride up on a lift or jack stands at the track, so you need the ability to change things quickly by yourself. If the need for convenient customization describes you, you want to consider upgrading your suspension coilover kit to a Bilstein B16 Suspension Coilover Kit.
Bilstein makes many types of suspension, and there is something for every level of performance tuning enthusiast in their product line. The B16 Coilover suspension kit is built to be their peak performances suspension for any owner or driver looking to customize their handling and ride comfort for any route, track, or terrain. Upgrading your factory suspension to a Bilstein B12 or B14 Suspension kit will give you superior handling and ride like your car is on rails, but neither can as easily customized as the B16.
Every road and track is different, and your suspension kit needs to be adjustable to respond to the demands of your driving environment. A threaded body makes it much easier to make adjustments “on the fly” when you’re at the car club or getting ready for track day.
Thanks to its high performance monotube gas pressure system, both damping and compression can be adjusted with an easy-to-reach adjustment knob. Try each of the 10 presets to see which suits your driving style best, and get that perfect sport tuning for track day or a trip along the back roads.
Sharp edged threads are bad news for DIY tuners, and they also tend to get worn down more quickly under the influence of grit and road salt. Rounded threads eliminate this issue and make it easy to adjust the shocks even while mounted.
Got a ride with electronic suspension control? Install a Bilstein-DampTronic Module and customize your car’s suspension on the go using a smartphone or onboard controls. Dial in the perfect ride for any road or situation without ever leaving the driver’s seat, and experience the power and control of Bilstein Suspension for yourself.
Ready for that major suspension upgrade? Looking for extra customization. Get yourself a Bilstein B16 Coilover Suspension Kit and get ready to go from cruising to racing suspension with the push of a button.
In the world of hot hatchbacks, the Audi A3 is a veteran performer with a reputation for both power and agility in a compact package. The look and certain internal hardware have changed since the first A3s rolled off the line in 1996, but the soul of the A3 is alive in well in the latest incarnations like the RS3 Sportback. Let's take a look at the history of this popular hatchback and how it has evolved since its three door, turbocharged days.
Commonly referred to in hot hatch circles as the Typ 8L, the earliest A3s were built on Volkswagen Group's PQ34 or A4 platform. This particular platform would prove to be the basis for many other compact Volkswagen group cars including the popular VW Golf MK4 that launched the same year. The distinguishing features of the first gen A3s was their three door hatchback configuration and available all-wheel drive.
The power plant for these early A3s was an inline four-cylinder transversely mounted, and sporting an innovative 5 valves per cylinder. In 1999, Audi added a 1.8L turbo 180PS (178 brake horsepower) motor, and a 1.9 TDI diesel motor with a unit injector they dubbed "Pumpe Duse" and a variable geometry turbocharger. Additionally, 1999 was the year they introduced a 5 door version of the A3 and their patented HAldex Traction-based four-wheel-drive used in the Audi S3 (A3 5-door sport model) and the sport coupe Audi TT. First generation A3s were so popular in Europe and South America that manufacture and sale of these sporty hatchbacks continued until 2003 in the UK and 2006 in Brazil.
The A3 got a facelift and newer chassis in 2003, and was dubbed the Typ 8P. Initial 2nd generation A3s were 3 door hatches with newer fuel-stratified injection (FSI) 1.8L motors and six speed manual gearboxes. Later that year, Audi offered a special 2.0L turbocharged FSI rated at 197 brake horsepower, and even a much more powerful VR6 motor that topped out at 247 brake horsepower. The newer 5-door Sportback models started the following year (2004) with a longer body and a more station wagon-like appearance. The A3 and S3s of the second generation may have looked more like daily drivers for the school run, but these were sporty powerhouses were an absolute treat to drive. There were a few cosmetic changes, but the 2.0L power plant and quattro all wheel drive systems remained mainstays of this fast and fun hatchback.
Audi offered a greater variety of model options for the third generation when it launched in 2012: the traditional and ever-popular 3-door hatchback, five-door Sportback, and a 4-door saloon designed to go toe-to-toe with Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class cars. Suspension got a major upgrade on third generation A3s, as did the safety and collision avoidance features. Current A3 2.0L TFSI motors can crank out up to 220 brake horsepower with 258 pound feet of torque. It's come a long way from its early days as a compact economy performance hatchback, but the spirit of fun and functionality remains true to the original design.
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Audi AG is a German car manufacturer that engineers, builds and distributes luxury vehicles worldwide. Part of the Volkswagen Group, Audi has its roots in Ingolstadt, Bavarian Germany with nine production facilities across the globe.
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With such a huge variety of models, designs and facelifts over the years, parts can certainly be tricky to find. But here at Performance Car Parts we have parts for any Audi ever made.
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