Bilstein shock absorber production process is a proven design technology utilizing superior manufacturing process and a commitment to quality control. At Bilstein over 40% of the production personnel are involved with quality control to maintain their industry-leading level of shock absorber efficiency and long life performance.
For over 50 years, Bilstein has been a world leader in gas pressure shock absorber development and manufacturing. They were the first to apply the patented gas pressure principle to controlling ride characteristics on automobiles and introduced the world’s first monotube gas pressure shock absorber to provide stability through resistance to lateral forces. Today, Bilstein continues to be the leader in monotube gas pressure shock absorber technology.The Bilstein name graces not only monotube gas pressure shock absorbers, but also single and twin tube McPherson strut style suspensions. Utilizing the same technological design advantages as their monotube gas pressure shock absorbers, Bilstein’s twin tube strut assemblies are designed to withstand maximum loads while providing high durability. Both Bilstein shocks and struts are built to meet the fitment and performance needs of specific vehicles. And their patented design reduces the need for a compromise between ride, handling and control. The rising rate valving of the Bilstein shock absorber provides the necessary damping to react quicker to road conditions without sacrificing ride comfort. This combination of valving and high-pressure nitrogen gas keeps the tires in constant contact with the road helping to enhance safety through improved control.Rigorous development, testing and attention to detail combine to provide exceptional handling and ride comfort for your vehicle and a product that will out last and out perform Original Equipment shock absorbers. Additionally, with Bilstein’s aftermarket lifetime warranty, you can be assured they’re built to last.From racing and testing in Formula 1, NASCAR, SCCA, Rally and Off-Road to Original Equipment placement on BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, GM, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles, Bilstein performance ride control products are proven to be among the best.
What the Mazda MX-5 does, the Abarth does better. Rear-wheel drive (as is the MX-5, of course), but a more sophisticated suspension set-up, mechanical limited slip differential, four piston Brembo brakes, Bilstein shock absorbers, four-cylinder turbocharged 1.4-litre engine (more on this later). There’s even a choice of a slick six-speed manual or a six-speed auto with paddle shifters (which wasn’t available for us to test at the launch). And the looks, initially appearing perhaps a little front heavy, pick up on design cues from the original Fiat/Abarth 124 Spider that was one of Pininfarina’s great designs (and was itself a reinterpretation of the beautiful 1964 Ferrari 275 GTS).