The Mitsubishi Evo, in its much-vaunted ‘X’ guise, has now entered the pure ‘performance bargain’ territory – with early examples of the car now available for around £12,000. A very capable car in standard trim, the Evo’s superb chassis responds well to a little intelligent tuning and enhancement. Lucky then that BILSTEIN – the respected German suspension manufacturer – has released details of its B16 coilover kits to offer to owners looking to achieve truly sublime handling the chance to make the Mitsubishi’s chassis perform even better than when new.
The BILSTEIN B16 kits offer factory levels of fit, finish and ride quality, coupled with significant improvements in handling. Designed and produced entirely in-house in BILSTEIN’s cutting-edge German production facilities and each unit is of a superior monotube design and finished in BILSTEIN’s unique Triple-C-Technology® surface technology. Both the spring plate and locknut are precision manufactured from a special aluminium alloy and both kits utilise high-quality sport springs for a long and durable life – even for cars that are ‘enjoyed’ on a very regular basis.
Thanks to precision-machined threaded steel bodies, the BILSTEIN kits offer 20mm of ride height adjustment from a lower starting point, which equates to a drop of between -30mm and -50mm. This is regarded by most engineers to be the most that it is possible to lower a vehicle before handling becomes adversely affect and safety is compromised.
The BILSTEIN B16 kit represents the pinnacle of suspension performance. Each damper unit has ten steps of adjustment, with bump and rebound being changed together in a carefully pre-set ratio to ensure that the car retains impeccable manners. With a damping range that offers either near-limo smoothness, track control or indeed, anything in-between, the BILSTEIN B16 kit truly allows you to have two cars in one.
As with all BILSTEIN performance products, these kits have been extensively proven. Not only in BILSTEIN’s cutting-edge laboratories, but as you might expect from one of motorsport’s leading suppliers, at both the legendary Nordschleife and the world-renowned Papenburg test facility – where BILSTEIN have their research centre. Here, both kits were ‘shaken down’ by real, live test drivers, to ensure that these upgrades don’t just work well in a computer simulation, but can offer ride quality and peerless handling whether fully loaded or on the poorest of surfaces.
As one of the World’s leading original equipment manufacturers and the supplier to many Japanese manufacturers at factory level, it comes as little surprise to learn that these kits carry full TUV approval and 12 months warranty.
Mitsubishi Evo X – B16 kit:
48-227186 £1814 plus VAT RRP
For more details, please visit www.BILSTEIN.com or call the UK office on 0116 247 8930.