Fans rejoice at BMW’s M Performance Adjustable Coilovers

Tuning | November 6th, 2015 by 8
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BMW has long offered additional M Performance parts for a variety of new cars. It’s no uncommon to see a BMW M3 or M4, or …

BMW has long offered additional M Performance parts for a variety of new cars. It’s no uncommon to see a BMW M3 or M4, or even a standard 3 Series for that matter, have some added M touches that don’t exist on the standard cars. This is because BMW knows that it has a large enthusiast fan base that like to customize their cars ever so tastefully. And instead of having many of them buy parts that simply aren’t good enough from aftermarket companies that don’t know what they’re doing, BMW allows customers to buy things like aerodynamic parts, wheels and exhausts to improve their BMWs with genuine BMW parts.

There are many aftermarket companies that produce fantastic parts for BMWs, but not all customers know what to buy or where to buy it from, so it makes sense to buy them from BMW. Plus, there’s a lot of BMW fans out there that want to customize their Bimmer, but only a bit and want to keep it looking relatively stock while still being different from the standard car. This is where BMW M Performance parts come in.

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For a long time, BMW M Performance parts were largely cosmetic. Sure, they’d have an exhaust upgrade for certain cars and some brake upgrades, but never anything very dramatic. There’d be aerodynamic upgrades, like subtle wings and rear splitters, and interior upgrades, like shift knobs, pedals and steering wheels. But now, BMW finally offers something that enthusiasts have been begging for and first displayed it at the 2015 SEMA auto show — a manually adjustable coilover suspension upgrade for the M2 and M4.

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The adjustable M Performance coilover kit comprises of a KW spring kit with a manually adjustable perch that goes over the standard car’s shocks. The purpose for keeping the same shocks is to insure the quality and dependability of the suspension. Along with the springs, the BMW M Performance coilover kit comes with specifically tuned spring rates, bumpstops and other various hardware to maintain reliability. If bought through BMW and installed by a BMW technician, the car will retain is full manufacturer’s warranty. The coilover kit is able to lower the car from anywhere between 5mm and 25mm. The M2 at the SEMA auto show was shown with a 20mm drop.

For the M4, specifically, the coilover kit retains the EDC (Electronic Damper Control) shocks if they are equipped with the car. That was another reason for the coilover kit only including springs, as BMW wanted its customers who chose the EDC shocks to be able to adjust the damping from inside the car as per usual. So you get the stiffer, lower suspension, but the same range of damping as the standard car. With the kit, BMW will also provide recommendations for certain height adjustments for certain circumstances, such as track use or street use.

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If you’re someone who’s looking to lower your M4 or M3, BMW’s M Performance adjustable coilover kit might just the best possible option. Most coilover kits cannot retain the same level of quality damping that BMW can provide, so you end up messing up the car’s handling when using them. But with BMW’s kit, the stock dampers remain, which is a good thing, and can still be adjusted for various uses. This seems like the best of both worlds for anyone who wants to upgrade their BMW, as it appeals to the more stock oriented crowd as well as the tuning crowd. With this coilover kit, you get the ability to lower your car as much as you want without compromising on BMW’s famous quality or losing the manufacturer’s warranty. For the tuning crowd, this sounds like a dream come true.

[Photos: Bimmerpost]

8 responses to “Fans rejoice at BMW’s M Performance Adjustable Coilovers”

  1. evoiii67 says:

    For the coil over kit that works with the M3/M4 EDC, I hope BMW also changes the EDC software. Shocks and Springs work as a System, change one and should you change the other to obtain the best results. Sure, the BMW Performance coil over can drop the ride height so te car looks “cool”, but other tan that I don’t see much benefit.

    Yes, I know a lower car means a lower center of gravity, but I rather have a spring/shock combo that’s better at the track as a system. For BMW to keep the standard shocks and even the standard EDC ones without reprogramming the EDC SW, it means the spring rates are about the same, which isn’t much beneficial in terms of performance.

    To me this looks more than a cosmetic part rather than a real performance part, which is in lime with most of BMW’s Performance parts.

  2. LucyPup says:

    Did not know the EDC needed to be recalibrated. I do am thrilled that BMW has engineered the suspension bits; I, as the author noted, am one who wants my car to be completely BMW – well-engineered, integrated, and tasteful.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Let me know what questions you have exactly and I will ask BMW just to make sure. Maybe I misunderstood the whole EDC thing.

      • LucyPup says:

        I have been finishing the look of my car with some M Performance parts, and am taking a look at the suspension. My M4 has EDC. In your article above you wrote ‘So you get the stiffer, lower suspension, but the same range of damping as the standard car.’
        I would like to know, does the ride quality degrade (i.e.: is it stiffer, sharper, with more jounce/rebound, etc) on the street? The last thing I want is for the car to be less comfortable for daily use. Even at the track I use ‘comfort’ setting to maintain compliance, rarely even ‘sport’ and never ‘sport plus’.
        Some tuners, Dinan for instance, advertises his suspension kit as having ‘improved’ comfort for street driving.
        Have you learned any more info since your original article was written?

        • RgR says:

          Don’t be naive, any coilovers or lowering of the car will ALWAYS make the car stiffer/bouncier/harder ride. It’s just physics. Lowering the car = squeezing the suspension, what exactly do you think that entails?

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