Following an essential Q2 upgrade (the gearbox has already been replaced once after diff exploded and punctured the gear housing at <15k), I was amazed at the GT's transformation. Following the above upgrade, the feel of the car has been transformed yet again. The Koni FSD \ Eibach combination is well-documented around the site. Here are just my own impressions of the suspension upgrade. In a word, impressive. As ever, Ned and the team at Autolusso did the work, and nicely done it is. Cheers! (Sadly no loan of the 156 V6 this time round, but the Peugeot's got a nice sun roof).
a) No nosedive, smooth and more controlled braking to stationary position
b) Car accelerates more directly, and smoothly, there is no frequency resonance of the body between acceleration\ deceleration - it is more composed.
c) The crashyness drive on your typical B-road has been removed. It feels well planted over bumpy roads, and you don't get undue vibration in the cabin. You'll be taken back by how quickly you accumulate speed.
d) I can drive over road humps at 30mph
, where previously I had to slow down to 20mph (in both scenarios with the engine's under-tray fitted and still intact) - this is a real plus as all GT drivers are no doubt aware.
e) Even better control on cornering (Q2 acknowledged as significant improvement). The tighter feel to the car accentuates feedback through the steering column, leading to a more confident drive.
f) Poor road surfaces feel better (a lot more bearable) and as a result less (total loss) of the soundtrack accompaniment of rattling and creaking of various components of the interior fittings.
g) In terms of the hung height of the car's shell, it appears to have dropped at the back by at least 25mm, whereas the front is perceivably a lot less of a difference, but still has dropped by a few mms. See below picture for comparison between two GTs, same 18"s and engine, (no difference other than standard v. Koni\ Eibach)
h) Overall, yes, it's a bl***y good job, and well worth it. You can catch sight of the springs just over the top edge of the tyre in the wheel housing, and I have to say the springs are so much larger than the stds fitted. i) Lastly just to add I have probably understated the transformation given these comments above.
I guess this is number two on the essential list of upgrades after Q2...especially if you have got those bush creaks on your GT (which will probably have circa 40k+ on the clock).
So here it is cleaned up after its first new suspension week with a wash, polish and wax. (no clay bar, just microfibre cloth). I’ll be monitoring the body’s height and feel as the setup wears in.