KW Classic suspensions for Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201): In compression and rebound damping adjustable KW coilover kit available

11 April 2019

As part of the extension of the KW classic delivery program, KW automotive has developed the new KW classic coilover kit Variant 3 for the Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201). Compared to other suspension solutions, like for motorsport use, the new KW suspension has not to be converted to MacPherson struts at the front axle. As part of the technical component report, the coilover kit allows a continuous lowering of up to 65 millimeters via a height-adjustment directly at the KW springs. The KW dampers made of stainless steel, of course, can be adjusted separately in compression and rebound stage, either more comfortable or more sporty on request. More information at

For more and more young classics, classic cars and historic cars, KW automotive, the suspension manufacturer, develops adjustable dampers and coilover kits. For the Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201), offered between 1982 and 1993, we now have a KW classic suspension kit available. Back then the Mercedes-Benz 190 was the first sedan that the automobile manufacturer has developed with a modern 5-link rear axle. The front axle was designed without a MacPherson-construction. For this reason, also at the front axle, the struts and the helical springs of the KW Classic suspension kit are a separated, or divorced setup. So, on the W201, the continuous lowering on the drive axle as well as on the front axle is directly adjusted via the height-adjustable spring perch. The lowering can be adjusted on the front axle from 40 to 65 millimeters and between 35 and 60 millimeters on the drive axle.

Suspension technology from the Mercedes-Benz AMG Black Series for the Mercedes-Benz 190 (W201)

Many fans of young classics not only decide to get a KW classic suspension because of the possibility of a continuous lowering, but they also want an improvement of ride quality and driving dynamics. A Mercedes Benz 190 (W201) upgraded with a Variant 3 kit, benefits from the modern KW damper technology. So the sedan hardly rocks over the longitudinal axle even with a comfortable driving behavior and it hardly nods over the lateral axle during acceleration and braking. This positive driving characteristic is possible by the two-stage construction of the compression and rebound valves in the KW dampers. „A Mercedes Benz 190 equipped with a Variant 3 is driving much more dynamically than with a suspension that was considered state of the art more than 35 years ago. The Mercedes Benz 190 - drivers get the suspension technology of the Mercedes Benz AMG Black Series models, so to speak, with our KW classic suspensions”, says KW Product Manager Johannes Wacker. KW adjusts the recommended basic setup of the KW suspension as stiff as necessary and comfortable as possible. „While the valves cannot be further adjusted in their high-speed characteristics, all drivers have the option to further adjust the dampers individually in the low-speed range.” So, the rebound stage that is relevant for the handling can be configured with 16 clicks either stiffer or more comfortable. For the compression stage, to support the body structure, a personal suspension setup can be selected with twelve exact clicks. On poor roads or when driving over speed bumps, the pre-configured high-speed valves ensure that the damper valves open all channels within a split-second and this way the harshness of the uneven road is diminished. Find out more at

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KW automotive is market leader and innovator of individual suspension solutions for the street and racing applications. Sporty drivers rely on KW coilover kits with its five damping variants, as well as on the Nürburgring Nordschleife tested KW Clubsport coilover kits, which are street legal and have a technical component report. Worldwide successful racing teams rely on the patented valve technology of KW Competition suspensions, the seven-time overall winner of the 24-hour Race Nürburgring (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018) winner of the ADAC GT Masters, ADAC TCR Germany 2018 and Bathurst 12-hour Race 2019. With its large portfolio of suspension kits, modern production technology, development- and test center, KW has been succeeding for more than 20 years in markets around the world.

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