Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: United Kingdom
I don't think you'll ever get the V6 to handle like the TS; the extra weight makes it virtually impossible. That's not to say you can't get the V6 to handle well. What I've done is what I consider to be the best option without spending silly money.
The rear bushes were knackered when I bought the car. Hoping I'll be keeping the car for quite a while - and the fact that OE spring pans are not cheap and don't exactly last - I had all rear bushes replaced with Powerflex, along with new OE dampers. AH Motorsport advised against fitting Koni rears, saying it would be firm enough with the Powerflex bushes and new dampers. They were correct and I'm still happy with the setup over a year on.
The front OE springs are already quite firm, so a set of Koni Sport do the trick for me personally. I currently have them set at 50% and they definitely remove a lot of the roll and bounce, although a strut brace would help if you want more rigidity.
I only experience lift-off oversteer - easily achievable in most cars - not getting any from entering into corners or powering out, as you'd expect from a FWD car.
The difference in price between Powerflex and OE isn't huge (not in the UK) but the general concensus is that the Powerflex route will last longer, possibly a lot longer.