Suspension gurus H&R have released their lowering kits for the Audi RS5 and BMW 5 series touring models.
As newer model cars are launched, research and development in the area of aftermarket parts needs to keep up with newly implemented technology, more so in the luxury segment. The design engineers at H&R have worked tirelessly to ensure the new suspension products work, in certain applications, better than their OEM counterparts.
Barely a hundred of these road rockets have been delivered worldwide and already there are a plethora of aftermarket parts available. The latest of which is a new suspension kit from H&R that lowers the stance and stiffens the body of the menacing RS5. The kit comprises of new, thicker anti-roll bars and lowering springs in either 15 or 25 millimeters - depending on your preference. For serious drivers, they have also developed a fully adjustable coilover system, although if fitted will negate the fancy factory electronic setup.
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More of the same can be found for the 5-Series Touring, albeit not as hardcore as the Audi. The spring package for the BMW lowers the chunky estate by a massive 35 millimeters in front and 15 in the rear. The setup itself is guaranteed to work with the OE self-leveling system and Adaptive Drive of the 5-Series without any additional modifications. Another worthwhile investment for the Touring are H&R billet wheelspacers that widen the track for better road manners and smoother looks, by reducing the gap between the arch and the wheel itself.
The biggest benefit from these products are gains in the handling department, making both cars more competent in the corners with less body roll. Whether ride comfort has been sacrificed completely or not is the burning question. They claim to have not "perceptibly" altered the quality of the ride - something one can only be sure of after a road test.