Auto Service World
  October 21, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Mercedes suspension

KW Suspensions has released a Variant 3 coilover solution for the Mercedes A-Class subcompact hatchback sector. This height, compression and rebound adjustable kit for independent suspension A-class (A250 upwards) models features 12 clicks of compression adjustment and 16 clicks of rebound for the perfectly customisable blend of road manners and high performance.

The W177 Mercedes Benz A-class is the fourth gen of the executive compact hatchback and saloon. With the thunderous and exceptionally capable A35 AMG included in this latest Variant 3 coilover release from KW Suspension, the performance, composure and comfort of the A-class range can truly be taken to new heights of street driven superiority.

The Variant 3 kit features an approved lowering of 30 – 50 millimetres at the front axle and 25 – 50 millimetres out back, and KW manufactures the stainless-steel struts and Inox coated shock absorber bodies in Germany for total peace of mind when it comes to build quality and longevity. This latest release is suitable for the W177 A-class including all 2WD, 4WD and IRS vehicles with electronic ADS adaptive dampers.  Part number 3522500J brings together all of KWs many years of suspension know how to offer the perfect road suspension with just enough adjustability to make it usable for the occasional track day as well.

Combining comfort, compliance and control is what KW Suspensions does best, so there’s no doubt in any petrolheads mind that the performance is set to be electrifying at all times. Whether you’re cruising to the beach, hitting up the local night spot, or maybe even hammering your favourite B-road into shape, the Variant 3 setup is guaranteed to serve up the required ride comfort and precision that such an effortless, rapid, little car deserves.

Even amongst a sea of technology, trusty springs and dampers still manage to keep a firm grip over the Tarmac, and despite the instantaneous onslaught of turbocharged torque that the sporting A45 AMG model is capable of generating, KW two way valving has you covered with high speed bypass valves that even when fully loaded still have extra squat in the reserve.  As a result, the Mercedes A class really can reward with precision when the KW Variant 3s are bolted into place and aligned perfectly.  Sure, the A-class can double up as a sensible family car, but that doesn’t mean it can’t drive like a well-sorted, compliant, and rewarding road car when the time demands.  With 0-62mph times of the IRS models starting from a blistering 6.2 seconds, there’s no doubting the performance credentials of these hot little hatches.

Cutting-edge motor sport derived technology for more performance on the road. With compression and rebound stage damping, that can be set separately and independently of each other, the damper setup can be customised to suit almost any driving preferences or vehicle changes such as weight, tyre characteristics or altered vehicle rigidity. True performance optimisation is only possible with this unique, patented system. Exerting this direct influence upon the steering behaviour, directional stability, tyre grip and handling characteristics makes for safe controlability at the very limit whilst having the adjustment to keep things very comfortable on the street.

The almost infinite adjustability of the Variant 3 solution means it can be tailored to suit spirited driving or relaxed supermarket meandering whenever the road demands.

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