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.
Any discussion of Audi compact cars is incomplete without a brief homage to the crown jewel that is the Audi A4. Designed as a compact executive car to replace the dated Audi 80, the A4 has seen five generations since its inception in 1994. Early manufacturing runs for the A4 were built on the Volkswagen Group B platform, and thus the first generation was given the internal designation of the B5-series.
The more recent B8 and B9 (2013-present) A4s were the first to use the updated Volkswagen Group MLB platform. A unique Audi design, A4s use a longitudinal front-engine setup with a transaxle-style transmission mounted behind the engine. Most are front wheel drive, but Audi has manufactured many editions with their exclusive "quattro" all-wheel drive as well. Here are the highlights of the A4's storied history as one of the best and fastest little four doors to roll off the assembly line at Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm.
First gen A4 saloons were designated Typ8D, and went on sale in January of 1995. This first generation machine was available as an estate wagon as the A4 Avant, and could be customized with quattro all-wheel-drive.
Engine options varied widely for these early A4s. The stock SE version of the A4 came with a petrol 1.6 litre engine I4 8-valve Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) that put out a respectable 100 brake horsepower. For those preferring diesel, Audi made a 1.9 litre DI I4 8-Valve SOHC available for the 1995 model year that rated at around 89 bhp.
The 2.4L V6 12V SOHC engine became available during the 1996 model year, and proved immensely popular with the performance crowd thanks to its 163 bhp and 170 pound-feet of torque. Larger and more powerful displacement were available by the time the first generation saloons were ready for a facelift and retrofit, but the mainstay that made the B5-series A4 such a popular car with many drivers was the 2.8L V6 30v Dual Overhead Cam (DOHC).
This sedan could generate 190 bhp and 207 foot pounds of torque, making 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds. Diesel fans were in no way excluded from the fast and fun A4; they could opt for a 2.5L 24v V6 TDI that produced 148 bhp and 229 pound feet of torque that had a 0-100 time of only 9.4 seconds. The small, lightweight design of the A4 combined with the powerful V6 option made it an absolute riot to drive on the back roads.
The B6-series of the A4 was the second generation (2000-2006) of the production model, and introduced a convertible coupe model to replace the Audi 80 Cabriolet was discontinued in 2000. Cabriolets could be equipped with the new 1.8L 20v Turbo I4, and the coupe design made for some exceptionally dynamic handling backed by 161 bhp.
Those seeking some serious horsepower could opt for the A4 S-Line model, which continued to be offered throughout all five generations of the A4. The first generation S-Line featured a Biturbo 2.7L 30V V6 that could lay down an impressive 261 bhp and 295 pound feet of torque. B6-series S-Line A4s sported a massive 4.2L 40v V8 engine that produced and astonishing 339 bhp.
Subsequent generation S-Lines came similarly equipped with the big V8, but with a continuously variable transmission and often the quattro all-wheel-drive system. B8 and B9-serie S-Line A4s stepped down to a lighter turbocharged 3.0L TFSI V6 that actually put out 349 bhp, making the A4 a 4.4 second 0-100 km/h car for more recent iterations of the S-Line.
Currently on the fifth generation B9-series, Audi has continued to build on the performance of recent 2.0L TFSI I4 turbo and 2.0L TDI ultra engines, producing 249 bhp and 187 bhp respectively. Updated safety features and improved driving assist technology have all continued to move with the times, but the A4 remains one of the best value saloon cars that doesn't sacrifice fun and performance for utility and function. The facelifts and design improvements may have made it sleeker, safe and lighter than its predecessors, but the A4 is still a fast saloon car for making your daily drive as much fun as a weekend at the track.
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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