Hotchkis Sport Suspension debuts new adjustable sway bars for VW’s hottest hatch
The 2012-13 Volkswagen Golf R is the culmination of 30-years of fun “hot hatchbacks” that started with the original Rabbit in 1974. Built as the ultimate version of the sixth generation Golf, its more powerful engine, all-wheel-drive system, and aggressive, race-inspired styling really set it apart from the average Golf. But even with its lowered stance and performance-oriented suspension, the Golf R still exhibits noticeable body-roll during cornering. The suspension experts at Hotchkis now offer a solution for this with new bolt-on, adjustable sport sway bars that allow drivers to precisely tune the handling of their car for maximum control and minimal roll.
The engineers at VW wanted the Golf R to appeal to hardcore driving enthusiasts, but because it is based on a front-wheel-drive platform, the Golf R still exhibits inherent understeer and considerable body roll that cause slow transitions and an overall vague feel. Looking to minimize this body roll, neutralize the understeer, and increase overall driver control, Hotchkis engineers spent hours on the track and the street developing upgraded sway bars that work as well on a stock vehicle as they do on a modified one.
The front 1-inch (25.4 mm) tubular bar features two settings that increase roll stiffness by 65% or 100% over the stock bar. The 1-inch (25.4 mm) rear bar has three levels of adjustment that increases the rear roll stiffness from 55% all the way up to 145% over stock. With so many different settings, these bars allow the driver to tailor the roll stiffness to match their car’s tires and suspension, as well as their own driving style. Both front and rear sway bars also feature welded on centering rings as well as greasable polyurethane bushings and heavy duty brackets with built-in Zerk fittings for easy maintenance.
Hotchkis Sport Suspension sway bars for the 2012-13 VW Golf R are manufactured in the USA, come with all necessary hardware, and are finished in a special “Anthracite” powder coat that is exclusive to the Golf R. These bolt-on upgrades can transform your car in a single afternoon and are the ultimate way to unlock the true potential of the Mk6 Golf R. For more information visit the Hotchkis Sport Suspension website at www.hotchkis.net.
About Hotchkis Performance
Founded by former professional racecar drivers and national champions, Hotchkis Performance was one of the first to design and track test performance suspension for muscle cars. Nearly two decades later, Hotchkis remains dedicated to high-quality, track-tested, suspension that is Made in the USA with domestic materials for American, European and Japanese vehicles. Dare to Compare: Hotchkis offers complete bolt-on systems that are designed in-house and rigorously track tested for maximum performance, strength and value. Each system is tuned for high performance handling, a sporty yet comfortable ride and improved traction on the street and track. Don’t settle for pieced-together systems or foreign sourced parts. The Hotchkis Philosophy is simple: Buy it once, bolt it on, and have fun! To preview the entire line of Hotchkis Sport Suspension parts and components, please visit www.Hotchkis.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Hotchkis Performance, 8633 Sorensen Ave, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670, 877-4-NOROLL.