BILSTEIN BMW Z3 B12 Pro-Kit Chassis Upgrades

BILSTEIN, the respected German suspension manufacturer, has released details of its much-vaunted BILSTEIN B12 matched spring and damper package for the entertaining – and now bargainous – BMW Z3 in its many forms. With Summer just around the corner, and prices at an all-time low, many petrolheads are looking to the Z3 to provide big thrills for small bills.

The BILSTEIN B12 packages consist of four Eibach Pro-Kit springs and four matched BILSTEIN dampers, making for the ultimate ‘real-world’ handling upgrade that balances unparalleled ride quality with exemplary handling and poise. The well proven set-up offers a drop of approximately 30mm at the front and rear. Two kits are available; one to cater for the lighter 1.8 and 1.9 engined variants and a more heavily rated kit for the 2.0, 2.2, 2.8 and 3.0 versions. A damper upgrade is available for lucky owners of the 3.2 engined ‘M’ model.

The BILSTEIN dampers that come with the kit draw heavily from the firm’s motorsport heritage and are carefully matched BILSTEIN B8 units, using BILSTEIN’S pioneering design and gas pressure technology. After full dyno analysis, each kit application has been signed off by BILSTEIN test drivers and engineers at both the Nürburgring as well as the industry-leading Papenburg test facility – hence the reason that the BILSTEIN B12 kit offers such a peerless ride and handling balance.

The four springs have been pre-stressed, shot peened and tempered, before receiving a two-stage zinc-phosphate and electrostatic epoxy coating for a long and durable life. The kit comes with a comprehensive 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty. As one might expect from BILSTEIN, full TÃœV approval for every single application comes as standard.

The combined effect of the complete BILSTEIN B12 kit is a car with less body roll that corners with vastly improved dynamics. Thanks to reduced squat and dive, acceleration and braking characteristics are also enhanced.

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