We recently lowered a 2016 – 718 Boxster S using Vogtland Sport Lowering Springs. These powder coated high quality springs use specially hardened Chrome-Silicon and Chrome-Silicon-Vanadium alloys so they stay strong and sag resistant for much longer. There’s no denying the visual appeal of a lowered car; but lowering your vehicle can also improve the handling of your ride.
There are two main drivers of ride improvement. Firstly, lowering leads to a vehicle having a lower centre of gravity, now sitting closer to the ground you’re likely to experience a reduction in body roll and more stability as you go through turns. As a result, the less the car leans over, the more contact and weight the tyres maintain on the road, potentially delivering more grip.
In addition, with the car sitting closer to the ground you may also see improved aerodynamics as there is less air going underneath the vehicle creating drag. This could result in improved fuel efficient and less risk of high-speed lift.
With any suspension decisions there is always compromise and lowering your car undoubtedly increases its visual appeal, however there are some downside that should be considering before making the move.
Reductions in car roll and improvements in grip may be offset by a ‘bouncier’ ride quality, but this does depend on how well your shocks and struts match your lowering springs. The main downside of lowering is the ease with which you may find yourself ‘bottoming out’, contact with the ground can cause damage ranging from wear marks on the front or rear bumpers, through to damage to the exhaust system or the underside of the engine.
Weighing up the pros and cons, many can’t resist the visual appeal of a lowered Porsche. If you’re tempted, the price tag associated with lowering this 2016 – 718 Boxster S was $2,150 which included lowering springs, wheels spacers, wheel bolts and labour.