_The light lies in the dark.

Let’s be honest, a car in black is a statement. It’s also the maximum distance from peaches-and-cream colours. Today we have a BMW X4 that doesn’t want to be seen in the dark.

Missing rainbow link. There are plenty of wonderful and beautiful colours in a rainbow, though black isn’t one of them. For some black shouldn’t even be considered as a color, although the absence of light and the complete absorption of light is a marvellous thing. And when you take a closer look, you’ll notice that not only black cars are hip. 

Makeup for example. Black never fails to work its magic! Eyeliner, lip liner, mascara, and other things look great and make a huge statement in the makeup world. Black often gives a lot of definition to the shape of the eye that makes women come off as fierce. And what about photography? Black and white photos are amazing to look at. There’s so much more under the surface that we can discover when we are given less to focus on. Many pictures even seem to be more profound and more beautiful when all colour is striped away. 

Taste is not for sale. But we are deviating from our subject, this BMW4-series sedan on steroids. Remember when BMW launched their first generation X5? It was literally a seriously lifted 5-series station wagon. Nobody liked it, except those who bought one. And since then BMW has come a long way with their SUV range, because today the full range starts with the X1 and ends with the X7. 

Let’s kick in an open door. When you are driving, you are sitting on the inside of the car. At least, that the general rule. So the only outside part you see is that of the hood. So would it be fair to say that we choose an outside color with in the back of our mind the question what will other road users think of my car? With no doubt that will count for many people out there, while an other big part is concerned about the resale value after four or five years. So they work hard to buy a new car, and already before they paid for it they are on pins and needles of the value within five years. Well, to be honest, we had the same problem with the misses at home, so that’s we signed up for a trade when she turned 40. And today we are doing just fine with those two in their twenties.

So what’s really going on here? Well, all and nothing. The car is pretty stock on the outside, except for a fresh set of wheels and suspension. Wheels are a personal matter of taste, but you can’t really go wrong with a classic, in this case double, 6-spoke design. Suspension wise is a different story, since the options there are limited. And when in doubt, go for the brand that doesn’t has to prove a thing anymore, but keeps doing it. And of course we are talking about KW automotive.

Going down smoothly. The approved adjustment range allows a continuous lowering of 30 to 50 millimeters at the front axle, while the X4 has and adjustment of 40 to 70 millimeters at the rear axle. The adaptive KW DDC plug&play coilover kit is the intelligent retrofit solution for all BMW X4 (F26) models with optional adaptive shocks. This enables the KW suspension to adapt to the driver’s style as well as to the road conditions. With other aftermarket suspension kits, the BMW X4 drivers have to make do without the conveniences of the adaptive damper control.


Suspension Tech Info: Since 2011 KW automotive, the suspension manufacturer has been developing the adaptive coilover suspension kits which, make damping more comfortable or firmer within milliseconds thanks to electronic damper valves which are compatible with different suspension control systems from the automotive industry. With the uncomplicated installation of the KW DDC plug&play coilover kit, the original damper control does not have to be deactivated like when retrofitting sport suspension. This is without a doubt the perfect solution for the enthusiastic driver looking to drastically improve their car’s handling performance and ride comfort without sacrificing any of the factory features.

// KW DDC plug&play in detail:

  • compatible with factory adaptive suspension control
  • electronic adjustable damper valves
  • different driving modes
  • realtime adjustment of damper modes
  • Made of stainless steel
  • Linear and progressive springs
  • Stepless and approved lowering range (BMW X4, Typ G02) 35 – 60 mm on both axles

For more information: https://www.kwsuspensions.net/products/coilovers/ddc#ddc-pnp