Though the latest BMW four-cylinder models are already agile cars from the factory, a minor tweak or two goes a long way. Hotchkis Sport Suspension recently released a new line of swaybars for the 2012+ BMW 3-Series F30, 2014+ 2-Series F22, and 4-Series F32 4-cylinder which turn a competent road car into an accurate cone-carver. As power isn’t these BMWs strongest suit, getting the most from their famously refined suspension setup is the most sensible route toward getting a respectable time.
The pointy feeling coming from having a short engine sitting behind the front axle is increased with the addition of Hotchkis’ hollow chrome-moly bars. With three settings to select from, its 32mm front bar allows for 170-, 195-, or 225-percent more stiffness than the stock bar. That means an increased grip, reduced roll, and quickened steering response are all within reach with this simple addition.
Even with the added agility these bars offer, they don’t compromise civility much. For street usage, these bars can be used with the factory BMW end links for a quiet ride. Meanwhile, track-oriented cars can use Hotchkis’ adjustable, competition-proven rod-end link kits (sold separately). Either way, the bars are designed for smooth operation, thanks to their high durometer polyurethane bushings and robust brackets.
Of course, any added front stiffness should be balanced with a compensatory stiffening of the rear end. With both ends of the car balanced nicely, these bars will give a driver improved confidence and feedback in their car, better precision through the slalom, minimized roll in the faster corners, and the sense that they’ve found the potential of their BMW with just a few minor modifications. Check out Hotchkis Sport Suspension if you are looking to improve your BMW.