Lexus' new Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) has been added as standard to its 5.0-litre V8-powered RC F coupé and GS F saloon models.
Lexus says the technology has been revised, tuned and integrated 'with precision so that its maximum potential can be realised'. The driver-selectable, electronic AVS monitors and controls the damping force at each wheel, adjusting 'instantaneously' to ensure handling stability and ride comfort according to road conditions and the driver’s preferences.
The system uses sensors which constantly monitor parameters such as G-forces, yaw rate and vehicle speed. Based on this data, the AVS can adjust the level of damping force through 30 levels, ensuring optimum control on all road surfaces, says Lexus.
When cornering, the AVS applies increased damping force in response to steering input to provide 'pinpoint handling' and suppress body roll through the turn. On rough surfaces, damping force is reduced to help absorb vibrations and keep the ride smooth and comfortable. In all, the system has seven damping force control strategies that include anti-dive and anti-squat and also works to keep the car composed under heavy braking and acceleration. Linked to the cars’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) and Drive Mode Select control, the instrument display has been revised to show when the driver has selected Sports AVS.