The BMW E30 is now a sought after car in all its many forms and engine configurations, the sky-high price of the M3 and 325i variants having had a knock-on effect further down the range. This means that there are now more people than ever before carrying out serious restoration and tuning work on the four cylinder cars that served as the ‘opening course’ of the range when new, namely the 316i and 318i. The upswing in interest these cars are currently enjoying has inspired BILSTEIN to develop and sell a B12 Sport Kit specifically for them.
Long considered one of the most balanced ranges offered by BILSTEIN, the B12 Pro Kit manages to blend out-and-out road and track performance with everyday usability and comfort. A matched spring and damper package that promises massive improvements in handling and road holding, BILSTEIN’s B12 Pro Kit features Eibach’s progressively wound springs and gas pressure dampers, a setup that’s proved its worth under the arches of countless race and rally cars. This, combined with the firm’s Professional Cornering System (PCS), results in dramatic improvements in damping performance.
BILSTEIN’s world renowned mono-tube/Upside-Down, gas pressure technology plays a massive part in the B12’s broad spread of abilities, as does the comprehensive development and testing process that all BILSTEIN products undergo before being released for sale. Designed and made in Germany, the 316i/318i B12 Pro Kit has full TUV approval, Germany’s famously stringent version of our own MOT, so E30 owners can rest assured that they’re buying a stunningly engineered product.
The all new B12 Pro Kit will lower any E30 it’s fitted to by between 30mm and 40mm, enough to improve handling thanks to a lower centre of gravity and to make the car in question look more purposeful, but not so far as to cause issues when driving on the UK’s patchy road network.
BILSTEIN’s all new B12 Pro Kit looks set to be one of the most significant products for the four-pot E30s for some time, and one which has the potential to transform the handling traits of these already tight and focussed cars.
Price: 46-000118 – £538.08