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2017 Lexus GS F and RC F gain Adaptive Variable Suspension

By David Bonnici, 17 Nov 2016 Car News

Lexus RC F

Lexus’s high-performance sports sedan and coupe gain high-tech suspension with 30 electronic damper settings.

Lexus has upgraded the Lexus GS F sedan and Lexus RC F models to include its latest Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) technology, to further improve ride, handling and comfort.

Already included in the mid-spec GS and RC F Sport and Sports Luxury models, the AVS system electronically monitors and controls the damping force at all four wheels simultaneously, based on road-surface conditions and driver preferences.  

Lexus RC F

And not only does it boast 24 more levels of damping force than the outgoing RC F and GS F – for a total of 30 – the AVS system is able to switch between those settings automatically without driver input,  regardless of which driving mode is selected.

In corners it applies increased damping force (stiffer suspension) in response to steering input, yaw rate and vehicle attitude, ensuring better handling and reduced body roll.

On rough surfaces, it reduces damper force (softer suspension) to help absorb vibrations to maintain comfort. It also instantly tightens to control the car’s body pitch during hard acceleration or heavy braking.

Lexus GS F

The AVS is linked to the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) and Drive Mode Select Control to manage ride comfort and stability across Eco, Normal, and Sport S modes. In the high-performance Sport S+ mode, the AVS focuses on handling stability to help you manage the 318kW generated by the 5.0-litre V8.

In line with the update the GS F gains a new grey exterior paint colour option while RC F gets black paint added to its limited colour chart as well as a new seven-spoke alloy wheel design.

The updated models are now available with starting prices up by $2750 for the RC F and $2025 For the GS F, which now retail from $138,240and $153,540 respectively.