Matt Robinson profile picture Matt Robinson 6 years ago

Here's A Demonstration Of Why Your Old Sports Car Needs A Suspension Upgrade

The 18-year-old suspension components on this 996 Porsche 911 were holding it back, so it's unsurprising to see just how much difference new coilovers, bushes and anti-roll bars made

Remind me later

Time is not kind to your suspension components. Over the years, bushes will perish, springs will weaken and shock absorbers will degrade. So if you’re running something like this 18-year-old 996 Porsche 911, you should think about giving your suspension a refresh, and maybe even a little upgrade while you’re at it.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that suspension technology has come a long way over the last few decades, and performance cars of yesteryear were on the whole a lot softer. In the case of the 996 - as mentioned in the above video - it was set up to understeer on the limit to make it a little less lairy to drive than its predecessors. So, it’s no surprise that an overhaul featuring things like Ohlins Road and Track dampers makes a massive difference to the way it drives.