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LEXUS UPGRADES GS F AND RC F WITH AVS

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 luxury brand's 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, 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 quad-cam V8 delivering 351kW of power through an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission.

Lexus has also upgraded the dynamics of the RC 350 Luxury and Sports Luxury, adding a front performance body damper previously exclusive to RC 350 F Sport.

The F Line suspension upgrade comes as Lexus passed 7,000 sales in the first nine months of a calendar year for the first time, selling 7,018 cars and SUVs - a 6.6 per cent improvement compared with the same period last year.

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 machine-finished alloy wheel with seven pairs of spokes.

Prices start from $138,240* for RC F and $153,540* for GS F.

PRICES*:

Model

Grade

Price

RC F

 

$138,240

RC F

Carbon

$158,837

RC 350

Luxury

$68,390

RC 350

F Sport

$77,240

RC 350

Sports Luxury

$88,280

Premium paint: $1,500

GS F

Alcantara trim

$153,540

GS F

Semi-aniline trim

$156,500



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*Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.



 
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Lexus has added driver selectable AVS to its premium GS F sports sedan and RC F sports coupe (2016 Lexus GS F shown).