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December
2016

LEXUS UPGRADES GS F AND RC F WITH ADAPTIVE VARIABLE SUSPENSION

  • Driver-selectable Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) now available as standard on GS F and RC F
  • AVS greatly improves ride comfort while providing greater stability when cornering.
  • The full AVS package has seven damping-force control strategies, including anti-dive and anti-squat
  • New grey exterior colour for GS F and a new black paint for RC F are also available

Lexus has advanced the handling stability and ride comfort of its premium GS F sports sedan and RC F sports coupe by incorporating the latest driver-selectable Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

The AVS system electronically monitors and controls the damping force at all four wheels simultaneously, based on road-surface conditions and driver preferences.

Using a range of sensors - including G force, yaw-rate and speed sensors - Lexus AVS is designed to improve ride comfort and handling stability, particularly on rough roads, while also providing greater stability when cornering.

The latest AVS iteration offers 30 levels of damping force, up from 9 previously, switching automatically as required to ensure precise suspension control on all road surfaces.

When cornering, it applies increased damping force in response to steering input, yaw rate and vehicle attitude, ensuring exceptional handling and reduced body roll through the turn while also providing a smooth, comfortable ride.

On rough surfaces, it reduces damper force to help absorb vibrations to maintain a high level of comfort.

The full AVS package has seven damping-force control strategies, including anti-dive and anti-squat.

The AVS works with the vehicle's comprehensive safety systems for ideal composure, helping suppress body pitching under heavy braking or hard acceleration.

Lexus has complemented the increased suspension control AVS offers by linking it with both the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) safety technology and Drive Mode Select control.

In ECO, NORMAL, and SPORT S modes, the Drive Mode Select system prioritises ride comfort while contributing to greater handling stability, based on driving operations and the road surface conditions.

In SPORT S+ mode, the focus of the damping-force control is handling stability. In addition, the SPORT S+ mode automatically switches the powertrain, electric power-assisted steering and VDIM to Sport mode.

The meter graphics display in both F Line vehicles has been updated to show the selection of Sports AVS.

Lexus GS F and RC F share a premium driveline, with a 5.0-litre normally aspirated V8 delivering 351kW/477 DIN hp of power through an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission.

In addition to the GS F and RC F suspension upgrade, Lexus has introduced a new grey exterior colour for GS F and a new black paint for RC F.

RC F has a new alloy wheel with seven pairs of spokes.

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