KW develops Solid Piston Shocks for North Americas car of the year: KW coilover suspension Variant 5 for Corvette C8 Stingray available

30 November 2020

Starting in the summer of 2021, the new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray will also excite European automobile enthusiasts. For the mid-engine sports car with its 502 hp 6.2-liter eight-cylinder engine, KW automotive already offers the 4-way adjustable KW Variant 5 coilover suspension. For the new coilover suspension, KW adapted its successful GT3 motorsport Solid Piston Technology for the road. In comparison to conventional suspensions, the KW Variant 5 coilover suspension dampens more precisely and sensitively. In addition, the shocks can be fine-tuned for the low-speed and high-speed compression and rebound stages, each with 13 clicks, separate in terms of handling, ride comfort, tire grip and everyday use. Within the scope of the parts appraisal, a continuous lowering of up to 25 millimeters is possible with the KW Variant 5 coilover suspension on the Corvette C8 Stingray. For more information, please visit

As a result of the high demand, the suspension manufacturer KW automotive is developing and producing more and more ultra-high performance aftermarket shocks and coilover kits for super sports cars and sports cars. For the new Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray, which will also be released outside North America in summer 2021, KW automotive offers the KW Variant 5 coilover suspension. The KW Variant 5 unleashes the Corvette C8 Stingray and enables excellent handling on all roads enhancing ride comfort. "The Corvette C8 was already sold out before its market launch in the U.S.," says KW Brand Manager Jonas Ehrmann. "According to U.S. registration statistics, the C8 was in a neck-and-neck race with the Porsche 911 during some quarters in 2020".

KW Variant 5 coilover suspension is based on the KW Solid Piston Technology from the GT3-Sport

In comparison to its predecessors, the Corvette C8 Stingray with its mid-engine is a completely new car. "Just as car manufacturer Chevrolet departed from its roots with the new C8, we have abandoned commonplace design principles with the KW Variant 5," explains KW Brand Manager Jonas Ehrmann. With the KW Variant 5 coilover suspension, the suspension manufacturer adapted its solid piston damper technology, successful in GT3 motorsport, for the road. Since the working piston in the damper is not overflowed, completely different damping forces and damper characteristics can be generated. "This type of suspension design gives us much more freedom in the overall layout, and even with low spring travel we achieve perfect damping." Due to the solid piston construction, KW Variant 5 shocks provide better support for the body structure. This technology advantage also allows the use of springs with lower spring rates without any negative performance effects and improves ride comfort. "With KW Variant 5, we have achieved the perfect balance between comfort and driving dynamics," says Jonas Ehrmann. Variant 5 offers the option of further tuning the driving behavior separately in four parameters low-speed rebound, low-speed compression, high-speed rebound and high-speed compression. The damping of each valve can be adjusted with just 13 clicks, so that the damping can be tailored precisely to the individual driving sensation. When the rebound stage is opened, driving comfort is enhanced. When the rebound valve is closed, the body's pitching and rolling movements are significantly reduced. Handling becomes even more dynamic than in series production. The compression stage enables further influence on steering behavior, grip level and rolling comfort. Put simply, the task of the rebound stage is to connect the chassis to the road, while the compression stage impacts the compression and supports the body structure. “We also use solid piston technology for active and semi-active damping systems.” For more information, please visit

About KW automotive:

The KW automotive GmbH group of companies includes KW suspensions as well as the brands ST suspensions, ap Sportfahrwerke, LSD Doors and RaceRoom. With its immense chassis portfolio, state-of-the-art production technology, development and test center, KW has been successfully operating in all markets for over 25 years. In the past years, KW automotive has developed more than 16 different damping technologies in order to meet its own claim "The right suspension for every demand". In addition to its core business, the development and production of manually and adaptively adjustable coilover suspensions and other suspension components for the aftermarket, as well as the accessory program of various automobile manufacturers in the premium segment, the business field of original equipment of special models and super sports cars of the automobile industry is developing extremely positively for the Swabian suspension manufacturer. KW has established itself strongly in customer motorsports in the past years and produces homologated racing dampers and suspensions for more and more racing cars of various car manufacturers. Worldwide, successful racing teams rely on the patented valve technology of KW Competition suspensions of the multiple overall winner of the 24h Race Nürburgring (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, 2020), winner of the 24h of Dubai 2017, ADAC GT Masters 2018, ADAC TCR Germany 2018, Spa-Francorchamps 24h Race 2015, 2019 and 2020, the Bathurst 12h Race 2019 and 9h Race Kyalami 2019. The group has seven international subsidiaries in the most important markets worldwide, including Belgium, China, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA. Of the 450 employees worldwide, about 300 work in Germany. Further business lines are software and hardware solutions as well as events for virtual motor sports under the roof of KW automotive's subsidiary RaceRoom.

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