3 Best Coilovers for Porsche 997 Carrera. Which Kit Is Right For You?

The Porsche 997 is the sixth iteration of the Porsche 911 sports vehicle crafted and distributed by the esteemed German automaker Porsche from 2004 (designated as model year 2005) to 2013.

Production of the 997 Carrera and Carrera S coupe started in early 2004, Carrera 4 and 4S in November 2005, Turbo and GT3 in late 2006, GT2 in 2007.

The 997 was an evolution of the prior 996, with the key changes in interior and exterior design, notably replacing the 996's fried egg headlights with the classic, well-loved round units.

The 997 boasts larger 18-inch wheels as standard, alongside various engineering enhancements that deliver a slight power boost; yet, it remains faithful to its predecessor with subtle yet numerous revisions.

Introducing the new S version, boasting additional power from a slightly larger engine, sports suspension, and sports exhaust.

In 2009, Porsche refreshed the 997 line-up with new styling, an upgraded engine featuring direct injection, and the debut of the innovative 'PDK' dual clutch transmission.

Subsequently, the refreshed 997 models exhibited superior speed, reduced weight, and better fuel economy compared to the previous 996, along with upgraded maneuverability.

The 997 received mostly positive reviews from the worldwide motoring press; even British motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson, a known hater of Porsche, noted that the 997 will "make love to your fingertips and stir your soul."


At MGC suspensions we provide shoppers with a variety of coilover options to help them find the kit that is perfect for them. 

From basic height adjustable kits to 3-way damping adjustable setups with external reservoirs and top mounts.

Be sure to read all our blog content for more information and ideas. 

If you need coilover suggestions for your car use our Suspension Builder guide. Personalized product suggestions based on your goals and budget.

In this short article we wanted to share our experience selling Porsche 997 coilovers and which kits get the best reviews and are most popular. 

Here are 3 Porsche 997 coilover kits we will always recommend. 

Are you looking to take your Porsche 997.1 Carrera to the next level? One of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of your beloved sports car is by upgrading to a set of high-quality coilovers.

But with so many options on the market, how do you know which kit is right for you? Let's explore the top 3 coilover kits for the Porsche 997.1 Carrera to help you make an informed decision.

1. KW Variant 3 Coilovers

The KW Variant 3 coilover kit is a popular choice among Porsche enthusiasts for its superior performance and adjustability.

With stainless steel construction and independently adjustable compression and rebound damping, this kit allows you to fine-tune your suspension to suit your driving style and preferences.

Whether you're hitting the track or cruising the streets, the KW Variant 3 coilover kit offers a perfect balance of comfort and performance.

This is KW's top of the range coilover kit designed for street cars.

Separate, 12 way compression and 16 way rebound adjustability to fine tune the ride exactly to your preference, or to optimize modifications like weight, tires, or additional bracing.

Individual compression and rebound adjustment dials make setting the response quick and easy.

Right out of the box, the dampers are preset for you to baseline response settings determined by KW, as an optimal starting point for your vehicle.

Micro tuning from that point to meet any need makes this V3 kit extremely versatile.

Variant 3 coilovers work within an approved lowering range that maintains proper suspension function and travel after lowering, usually 10-50mm.

Ride height adjustments are ultra smooth using dirt repelling, trapezoid shaped shock body threads and collars.

This means even after dirt and debris make their way into the shock body threads, the height adjustment collars will still turn freely with minimal effort.

Spanner wrench, adjustment dial, and instruction/setup manuals are included.

All corrosion resistant parts are mounted to stainless steel struts for a lifetime of performance, even in harsh weather conditions.


2. Bilstein PSS10 Coilovers

Bilstein B16 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Front and Rear Performance Suspension System - MGC Suspensions

Known for their high-quality products, Bilstein delivers with the B16 PSS10 coilover kit for the Porsche 997.1 Carrera.

This kit features 10-stage adjustable damping settings, allowing you to customize your ride for any road conditions.

The threaded body design of the coilovers makes height adjustment a breeze, giving you the flexibility to achieve the perfect stance for your Porsche.

The Bilstein B16 (PSS10) kit is one of the best selling coilover kits ever.

10-click compression and rebound damping adjustable with the easy turn of one dial.

10 preconfigured stages change the feedback from soft to firm. 

Inverted, gas pressurized mono tube dampers are matched with progressive rate coil springs for superior handling at any ride height.

Zinc based, triple coated corrosion resistance coatings are used for trouble free performance year after year. 

Finely threaded shock bodies and a supplied spanner wrench make height adjustments fast and easy.

Complete suspension control from one affordable coilover kit by Bilstein.


3. Ohlins Road & Track Coilovers


Ohlins 2005-11 Porsche 911 Carrera 997 (Including S Models) Road & Track Coilover System - MGC Suspensions

If you're looking for a coilover kit that offers race-inspired performance with street comfort, the Ohlins road & track coilover kit is the perfect choice for your Porsche 997.1 Carrera.

With its dual-flow valve technology and adjustable ride height, this kit provides exceptional handling and control without sacrificing ride quality.

Whether you're tackling tight corners or enjoying a leisurely drive, the Ohlins road & track coilover kit delivers a smooth and responsive ride.

Want the best coilovers for your Porsche 997 Carrera?

Ohlins is arguably the only answer.

The Ohlins road and track series coilover kits feature the latest in single tube technology that uses both through-rod damper technology, and Ohlins exclusive Dual Flow Valve (DFV) technology, which allows you to change the stiffness of the shock absorbers.

These coilovers are light-weight, corrosion resistant, and fully rebuildable for a lifetime of performance, and come with a two-year limited warranty.

Ohlins dampers also feature one knob that operates individual compression and rebound adjusters that are pressure balanced, and have preload adjustability.

Adjusting the knob changes all four areas in the damper; low and high speed compression and rebound damping.

Ride height is easily changed with finely threaded shock bodies and smooth moving collars so you can set the stance exactly where you want.



When it comes to upgrading your Porsche 997 Carrera with coilovers, the options can be overwhelming.

Consider your driving style, performance goals, and budget when choosing the right kit for your sports car.

You may realize that coilovers are too much for your daily driving style. A set of high quality lowering springs and sport tuned shocks may be more fitting for you.

No matter which coilover kit you select, expect improved handling, enhanced performance, and a more exhilarating driving experience in your Porsche 997.1 Carrera.


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