Alfaholics V6 Handling Kit – 916 GTV / Spider 3.0
£495.00 – £725.00 GBP (ex vat)
GTV3001 | GTV3001/1
A fabulous new suspension upgrade developed by Alfaholics for owners of 916 series GTV & Spider!
We have spent the last 12 months developing and refining a suspension kit to improve the handling of 3.0 V6 GTVs and Spiders, which suffer as standard from poor body control and excessive understeer, partly due to the heavy V6 engine up front. We used the Alfaholics GTV as the development car, already upgraded with the superb Koni sport front dampers, and set about evaluating a range of different setups to improve body control during direction changes and on-limit behaviour, without affecting the ride quality and the day to day usability of the car.
After an extensive process, we have recently signed off the final set-up. It turned out to be just as challenging (and time-consuming!) as the GTV exhaust development, as we worked to achieve an optimum handling balance and feel in both wet and dry conditions.
The result? In a word.. awesome! The car is utterly transformed – feeling vastly more capable and accomplished when attacking roundabouts or a series of corners or indeed the race track. The uprated anti-roll bars have improved turn-in to the point where the steering feels much more responsive and direct, as less of the steering inputs are absorbed and lost through excessive body roll. Whereas the standard car would rapidly reach its limits and wash into understeer, the modified car tacks into turns positively with higher grip levels, inspiring greater driver confidence and enjoyment. Such is the improvement, a standard car now feels vague and wallowy by comparison!
We have also tuned the anti-roll bars to provide better throttle adjustability on the limits of grip, making it easier to adjust the line, especially in instances where a corner tightens or there is a surface change. This is particularly noticeable in the wet where the car feels superbly balanced and can even be made to break into mild and manageable oversteer if provoked. We have developed the kit with an adjustable rear anti-roll bar, allowing owners to fine-tune on-limit behaviour according to driver preference.
One of the best features of the kit is that there are no unwelcome trade-offs. As many GTV owners will testify, the ride quality is already stiff enough (especially on UK roads these days!) so we elected not to increase the spring rates – thereby preserving the car’s usability and long distance comfort.
The kit consists of uprated front and rear anti-roll bars finished in black powder-coating, special laser cut aluminium mounts, poly bushes and all new nuts and bolts to fit the kit. We have now gone one step further and added and upgraded kit including springs and droplinks at a discounted price.
Final track testing at Castle Combe – fast and composed!
Testimonial from one of our Australian customers on the handling kit.
“What impressed me greatly was the improvement to steering feel: before, it felt loose and very old-Japan-esy. After, it is tight (stiffer), better weighted and more direct. And the car certainly feels better balanced and quicker on roundabouts. Comparisons are based on 105 ownership – many examples – since 1970, and currently a 156 JTS. Again, thanks for the prompt help and a good product – ooh, and my mechanic (Autotech Services, Canberra) was impressed by the fitting inclusions!