60% Retired and
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Sports Suspension and Shocks
It really is very good. I commute, enthusiastically, 40 miles each way to work and back mainly on A and B roads in Central Scotland. To put it in perspective, with my previous Alfa 156 (Veloce spec. suspension) cars the suspension bushes had to be replaced regularly. The suspension bottomed out regularly and the plastic 'sump guard' made regular contact with the ground. When it hit the bump stops you certainlt felt and heard it! Latterly the last car became very wobbly and the CD would jump in sympathy with the jolting and the traction control light.
With the 166 on Konis (with regular ride height, 225/45x17 tyres) the car seems to handle all the bumps much better. On the few occasions where the suspension has hit the bump stops the impact has been absorbed quietly and progressively. The sump guard has rarely touched tarmac - only once I think.
The car handles like a sports saloon i.e. it goes round bends with very little roll and soaks up bumps without any wallowing. It handles mid corner bumps much better with only an occasional jump from the rear end.
Although I'm a bit older and more sensible, I don't think I'm driving any slower - sometimes it just feels that way because of the increased refinement and reduced noise.