The Honda S2000 has now entered pure ‘performance bargain’ territory, with early examples of the car now available for well under £5k. A very capable car in standard trim, the S2000’s superb chassis responds well to a little intelligent tuning and enhancement.
Lucky then that BILSTEIN has released details of its B14 and B16 coilover kits to offer to owners looking to achieve truly sublime handling the chance to make the Honda’s chassis even better than new.
The two kits offer factory levels of fit, finish and ride quality, coupled with significant improvements in handling. Both have been 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 B14 kit comes with a pre-set damping rate, allowing the owner to fine-tune the ride height and stance to suit their own needs, whilst 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 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, both of 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 both kits carry full TUV approval and 12 months warranty.
B14 units priced priced at £1030
B16 units priced at £1974
For more details see www.BILSTEIN.de