Toyota Supra sharpened with KW coilover suspension

Suspension and chassis expert KW Automotive has developed a market-first fully adjustable coilover suspension kit for the latest Toyota GR Supra.

Designed to improve the Supra’s handling without sacrificing ride comfort, the KW Variant 3 coilover suspension features KW’s multi-valve damper technology which offers separate adjustment for compression (16 clicks) and rebound (12 clicks).

The damper technology is based on KW motorsport developments, including a similar KW suspension setup used by the Toyota Supra Gazoo Racing team at the Nurburgring 2019 24-hour race. The factory preconfigured high-speed valves enable harmonious suspension travel even with a stiff adjusted damper setup. These high-speed valves open in a flash even at maximum lowering and fast driving over transverse joints or bumps.

The adjustable dampers make it possible to adjust the already preset and recommended suspension setup for the Toyota GR Supra further for a personal driving experience for everyday use. With 16 clicks, the cross-section in the low-speed valve can be reduced or enlarged to precisely adjust the damping with every click. If the rebound valve is opened, driving comfort increases. If it is closed, the pitch and roll movements of the body structure are significantly reduced and handling becomes even more dynamic.

KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker says: “Simply put, the task of the rebound stage is to connect the body to the road, while the compression stage influences the compression and supports the chassis.”

In addition, the adjustable low-speed pressure stage can be closed or opened with 12 clicks to further influence the steering behavior and grip level of the tires.

The KW Variant 3 Coilover also allows a stepless lowering of 15 – 35 millimeters on the front axle and 20 – 40 millimeters on the rear axle.

With a weight distribution of almost 50:50, the new Supra is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine produced by BMW with outputs of 250kW and 500Nm. Paired exclusively to an eight-speed torque converter automatic and rear-wheel drive, it’ll send the Supra from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds, before pushing on to a limited top speed of 250km/h.

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