Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
OK, I've now got the Novitec springs and Bilstein B8 dampers installed on the Brera so I thought I would post an update of my thoughts.
Firstly, and if anyone's curious, the Novitec springs are a progressve rate spring. I know that was one of the things that I couldn't find any information on.
So, what are the Novitec and Bilstein combination like on the Brera? In one word: AWESOME!
Now I know everybody has different needs and wants when it comes to performance, ride and handling but for me, I was after suspension the had a firmer/sportier feel and was much more dialled in. This combo delivers in spades.
Before I purchased the Novitecs, the one thing that put me off was the fact that the majority of people on the internet forums seemed to go for the Eibach Pro Kit and regarded the Novitecs as too hard/stiff. Now that I have got them installed I have to disagree. Obviously this is my opinion only but I am glad that I got them because the Novitec/Bilstein combo suits my driving style and what I was hoping to achieve perfectly. I'm actually glad I didn't go with the Eibach Pro Kit now because if what I have read is true, and there is plenty of info around about the Eibachs, then that combo would have been too soft for me. As it stands, the Novitec/Bilstein combo has completely transformed the car.
Now it may be the case that the Bilstein dampers are really good and they take a lot of the harshess out of the Novitecs or the two married together are a really good combination and work really well but I don't find any of the hardness over bumps that people seem to talk about. In fact I would say that in normal driving conditions in a straight line, the ride is firmer but just as comfortable as OEM, without all the OEM bounciness. When they are pushed is when they really come in to their own because these things are really dialled in. I can chuck the Brera about now like there is no tomorrow and I haven't noticed any under/oversteer. That said, I haven't had it on a track and really pushed it to it's limits. It hasn't bottomed out/hit the bump stops and it passes the speed-bump test fine. It actually handles the speed-bumps better than OEM.
Are they too stiff? I don't think so, no. In fact I am now having a hard time understanding why people say they are too stiff. I think it is entirely doable to drive long distances with this combination without any driver fatigue or a bruised arse.
Would I buy them again? Without doubt.
Would they pass the Mrs test? Unless she is a particularly delicate flower I don't see why not. If she does complain then it's time to find a new Mrs.
Quality Control? Well I have it on good authority from Alfisti that the Novitecs are manufactured by Eibach so I would expect Eibach quality.
OK, now on to the supercharger...