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Friday 25th May 2012

KW introduces iPhone adjustable suspension

Is the new app for KW's Golf R coilover package genius or a step too far?



Considering that, as a general rule, we at PH HQ tend to view adaptive damping packages with grave suspicion, you'd think that the e-mail that dropped into the PH inbox with the subject line 'iPhone App controls adaptive coilover kit for Volkswagen Golf 6 R' would fill us with dismay.


And yet the gadget fiends in us can't help but find the idea of adjusting your car's suspension via your mobile deeply appealing.

Basically the idea is that, when you buy the KW DDC ECU coilover kit, you get a free app for your iPhone that allows you to configure the dampers to 'comfort', 'sport' and 'sport+' modes with a swipe of your finger, and to lower the ride height between 5mm and 35mm.

There's also a more advanced mode that allows the user to make more complicated adjustments.

So, iPhone-adjustable suspension: brilliant gadgetry or unnecessary gimmickry? We honestly can't decide...

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RichTBiscuit

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Awesome!

Clever stuff, and looks very useful.

993RSGT3

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Brilliant idea for track days. Just hope the security settings are robust enough though - you could have hours of fun changing the settings on your mate's car!

leon9191

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Thats quite interesting really, not my cup of tea normally but if it works would bring addaptive dampers to be used in older car which could have pretty good results. Again if it works and is any good.

STiG911

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Brilliant idea, until someone hacks it wink

Jamesp24

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Great idea,least untill my mates get hold of my iphone.
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telecat

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"No Officer I wasn't making a call. I was adjusting my Suspension".

Carl_Docklands

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Very cool !

DanDC5

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A PH'er already has the same system on his 1M.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Fire99

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Definitely the best (well technically worst) part of this is the potential to hack your mates car and give them somewhat 'unusual' suspension settings. biggrin

rob.e

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RichTBiscuit said:
Awesome!

Clever stuff, and looks very useful.
+1

Any idea on price?

PetrolAholic

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So can you get 30 iPads in a golf now?

Gumstabber

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And what if you have an Android phone? Do they give you an iPhone free??

stolenink

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...and the problem with a switch / dial is what exactly...???

JonathanLegard

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stolenink said:
...and the problem with a switch / dial is what exactly...???
The Golf doesn't have one?

cocopop

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Gumstabber said:
And what if you have an Android phone? Do they give you an iPhone free??
Presumably that scenario won't ever happen - people with Android phones have style, people with iPhones buy Golfs! biggrin

veevee

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JonathanLegard said:
stolenink said:
...and the problem with a switch / dial is what exactly...???
The Golf doesn't have one?
Provide one. It's not hard.

Otispunkmeyer

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Gumstabber said:
And what if you have an Android phone? Do they give you an iPhone free??
I assume the connection is BT? does the iPod Touch have BT? Could just have one of those. Much cheaper!

BBS-LM

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I think it's a great idea, and for older cars is a good upgrade. Like it.

gck303

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For reasons of balance I feel the need to offer an alternative opinion:

In what way is this anything other than a stupid idea and marketing gimmick?

Imagine when your phone runs out of battery and it is stuck on 'race mode' and you actually have to drive it. Still, what with 20 inch low profile wheels that this car will have I am sure the ride is ranges from terrible to dreadful anyway.

I am, though, please to see the car in question is in white. And I expect it has privacy glass too.

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RemarkLima

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So all the thousands of hours of ride and handling development, tuned and tweaked by numerous experts can be undone with the swipe of a finger, and turn your car into a understeery tyre destroyer... At least you can swipe it back wink
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