KW introduces iPhone adjustable suspension


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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  • em177 20 Oct 2012

    Itsallicanafford said:
    ...this is a great shed, I'm not a great haggler but let's say £550 cash for this. eBay the rear spoiler (accord type r?) for £40.00. eBay the wheels (will they fit the civic? If so somebody will have them) wait for the proper wheels to come up and this then should be a straight swap. Then a full service, sort out any minor niggles and this thing will give you another 100k. The fact it's not a Vti is great, it never would have been thrashed. Best she'd ever, IMO.
    Erm... what!? lol

  • Itsallicanafford 20 Oct 2012

    ...this is a great shed, I'm not a great haggler but let's say £550 cash for this. eBay the rear spoiler (accord type r?) for £40.00. eBay the wheels (will they fit the civic? If so somebody will have them) wait for the proper wheels to come up and this then should be a straight swap. Then a full service, sort out any minor niggles and this thing will give you another 100k. The fact it's not a Vti is great, it never would have been thrashed. Best she'd ever, IMO.

  • 996cab 10 Oct 2012

    The KW DDC unit is similar in part to the semi-active dampers such as EDC; PASM; DDC and MagneRide. I waited for it for ages however opted to keep the semi-active unit on my car as the KW unit mimics it in operation.

    I have a MagneRide equipped car which, once understood and setup correctly with suitably matched springs, makes a passive setup so one-dimensional / restrictive in use especially for a car that is driven to track as opposed to put on the back of a trailer.

    The passive / semi-active arguments noted here is irrelevant...automation is the way forward IMO...Ohh, who here still has the following and prefers it...;
    - Central locking and via remotely operate key as opposed to individual locking / non-remote key?
    - Manual wind-up windows as opposed to electric...?
    - Manual gearbox on an SUV as opposed to auto?
    - Manual garage door as opposed to auto (bit snobby I know but...)?
    - Manual door mirrors as opposed to electrically operated?
    - Hand written letters as opposed to send electronic mail (e-mail)?
    - Manual labour as opposed to office based pen pushing job?

    Answers on a hand written postcard pls sent to No. 1 The Old Post House, Manual Lane, Village-Middle-Of-Nowhere, MAN 8UL...

  • arkenphel 01 Jun 2012

    Awesome bit of kit!

    Is it just me or there a lot of thickos and wet blankets of this thread?

    Kudos to aussieinlondon for the gentlemanly replies to those obviously making comments just to put him (and/ or the kw kit) down in order to justify their pathetic existence. I wish I could have his restraint.

  • dooka 31 May 2012

    Awesome, me want on the van smile..

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