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2003 Audi A6 Sport suspension spec

Discussion in 'A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)' started by Barretti, Oct 21, 2009.

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    [Oct 21, 2009]
    Hi, I have a 2003 A6 1.9TDI sport.

    does anyone know what the 'sport' specification was as opposed to the SE and standard models. It has the 17" 9 spoke alloys, sports seats & colour coded bumbers.

    Does it have 'sports' suspension? I am thinking of fitting Eibach springs which lower it by 30mm over the standard 1.9tdi, but was wondering if the 'sport' came with slightly lowered suspension as part of the spec, can anyone advise.

    Also whats the chassis code for this model? (C5 or C6?)

    Regards, David
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    The Sport model (which I think was introduced as part of the mid-lifecycle refresh in 2001/2) came with 17" 9 Spoke alloys with 235/45 Profile tyres, Sports seats and colour coded bumpers - SE and Std had grey lower parts to the bumpers regardless of body colour - and sill extensions. It did also come with Sports suspension which if I recall correctly lowered the ride height by 20mm as well as being firmer.

    The chassis code for all pre 2005 A6's is C5. C6 denotes the current model chassis which was introduced in 2005 (2006 for Avant)
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    thanks for that...

    therefore if i fit the Eibach springs .......in theory is would be 10mm lower than currently, which is enough for me... I have been told the Eibach springs although being lower will probably give a better ride.

    Ta, David
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    Ride quality is a mix of springs, dampers and tyres. I see from another post that you have gone to 18" wheels with 40 profile tyres, this will tend to make the ride harsher as there is less flex in the tyre wall. I recently sold my 2003 1.8T Sport and now have a 2010 2.0TDie SE Avant and whilst the new car has the sports suspension (not S-Line) it also comes with 55 profile tyres and the ride is definitely better than the old car, but having said that I would not say that I found the sport suspension on the 1.8T particularly uncomfortable unless you hit a really bad piece of road. You of course also have to remember that these are big saloon/estate cars and not nimble sports cars and set expectations on ride and handling accordingly
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    yeah i was aware that going to the 40 profile would make the ride a little harsher... although i have not noticed that much difference... it felt harsh on the 17's with the 45's.... the down side is i live london, terrible roads combined with hundreds of speed ramps !!

    A couple of different people have recommended the Eibach springs as a good and fairly inexpensive option.

    Thanks again

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    ps. with 55 profile tyres what size wheels are they on your new A6?
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    17"
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