With such big shoes to fill, the F56 Mini is a new car that really needs to live up to the legend of its forebears. Lucky then, that’s it’s a superb car in all areas. That said, its crisp handling can still be taken up a couple of notches, and for those owners looking to give their Mini the kind of sure-footedness and poise that Paddy Hopkirk would be proud of, the latest BILSTEIN B14 and B16 perfomance coilover kits are the very thing.
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 BSILETIN’s technical gurus as 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 of their Mini 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. Both kits have been configured to work well with any variant of the new Mini chassis.
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 other German manufacturers at factory level, it comes as little surprise to learn that both kits carry full TUV approval and 12 months warranty.
Article number: 47-244412, RRP: £692.00 + VAT
Article number: 48-244428, RRP: £1461.00 + VAT
For more details, please visit www.BILSTEIN.de or call the UK office on 0116 247 8930.