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Basic Shock & Spring vs. Coilover Comparison

Basic Shock & Spring vs. Coilover Comparison

What is the Difference?

In the automotive industry, cars have suspension systems that differ depending on car type, manufacturer, and/or modifications. The most common discussion is between coilovers versus the typical shock and spring layout. While shock and spring is pretty straight forward, some may be confused about how coilovers work. But, let’s review shock and spring setup first, due to simplicity. For a shock and spring system, the spring sits atop the shock. This is the typical suspension seen in cars such as the Audi S5. Most cars come with this system, but many mod enthusiasts decide to replace it with coils.

When people replace springs on a car, it simply lowers the car via spring height. But, it also places more stress on the shocks. It is best to replace both the shock and spring, unless budget is an issue. Struts can be replaced as well, allowing for even more improvement. But, coilovers still offer a ton more adjustability overall. Let’s dive a bit deeper into coilovers below!

A Bit More Info on Coilovers

Coilovers - Front & Rear - Cameron Chapman of Wikimedia - EuroDrift

Coilovers – Front & Rear – Cameron Chapman of Wikimedia – EuroDrift

Coilovers on the other hand, are a bit different. As an auto suspension device, similar to the MacPherson strut, a coilover has a spring encircling a damper. This is different as it does not simply sit atop, such as the spring and shock system. Furthermore, this setup allows for greater range of adjustability. These include altering ride height, spring preload, shock damping, and rebound. Also, for anyone who doesn’t know, coilover is short for “coilover shock absorber”. Lastly, for your info, high-end coilovers are usually lighter than a typical system and increase handling.

If You Don’t Know, Now You Know!

Lowering Springs vs Coilovers – Presented by Andy’s Auto Sport – AndysAutoSportRV – YouTube

If you didn’t know the difference, now you know! Coilovers are usually highly appreciated by auto enthusiasts over the typical manufacturer shock and spring layout. The more expensive the coilovers, usually the better they are. Prices for coilovers can begin in the low $1,000 range with H&R and go up into the multiple thousand range, depending on performance levels. In coilovers, it is easier to dampen movement of the spring and stop oscillation, hence less bouncy rides. Lastly, one final note – a shock and a strut ARE NOT the same thing! They cannot replace each other. The strut is a structural part of the suspension system whereas the shock is not. Hopefully, this article was helpful in understanding the differences!

Note: The featured image is from Max Pixel.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster: Limited to 750 Units

AMG GT R Roadster is the “Top Model”

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner with No Convertible Top - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner with No Convertible Top – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

For the 2020 model year, Mercedes-AMG is bringing the GT R Roadster to the market. With a limit of only 750 units, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster will be quite rare. This version of the AMG GT has a soft-top convertible with the Mercedes-Benz Airscarf. At the peak of the AMG models, Mercedes calls this car the “top model”. This vehicle boasts the most power of the AMG GT line-up. Furthermore, simply letting the top down will allow the driver to listen to the mean roar of the V8. This car is basically the crème of the crop of the AMG GTs.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Front Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Front Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

4.0-Liter Twin-Turbo V8 Engine

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Engine Bay - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Engine Bay – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. This motor boasts 577 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Furthermore, the engine works in combo with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. As per performance, this car has 27 more horsepower than the GT C and GT C Roadster. Moreover, there is a gain of 62 horsepower over the GT S and GT S Roadster. Finally, there is a 108 horsepower gain over the base GT and GT Roadster. That is quite a lead of power in the lineup. To top it off, this car has active aerodynamics, active rear steering, adjustable dampers, and a coilover suspension. Phew!

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Crème of the Crop AMG

Check Out the New AMG GT R ROADSTER! | FIRST LOOK – Shmee150 – YouTube

Overall, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster is truly the crème of the crop as per AMG models. Even Mercedes thinks so. And, on top of the amazing engine and performance features, there’s more! As per aesthetics, this car starts with an AMG Night Cosmetic Package. Secondly, it includes an AMG Performance Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel. Furthermore, the top layer of the frame includes a triple layer of aluminum, magnesium, and steel. These features on this car make it stand out among its siblings. In conclusion, the AMG GT R Roadster is one of the company’s peak vehicles.

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster - Rear Corner in Motion - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster – Rear Corner in Motion – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

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