Yamaha Performance Damper

/// Development

Body is always moving/vibrating when it is running
Never end the vibrating

Mr. Sawai determined that if he could increase the decay rate of these vibrations inside of the structure, he could improve many elements of the vehicle. It took him only one year to take the concept of chassis damping from an idea into an actual working prototype.


Following a half year of testing, the first application of the PD came about in 2001 on the limited Toyota Crown Athlete VX with only 300 produced for the Japanese domestic market. Toyota decided to expand the use of the PD equipping select models globally with the Corolla XRS, Matrix SE and TS (in Europe). In 2004 another Japanese manufacturer bought into the performance damping concept with the introduction of the limited edition Subaru - S204. This proliferation of Yamaha technology in the automotive sector gained wide attention within the industry earning Yamaha several prestigious engineering awards in 2006 including Japans 'auto accessory of the year'.


In 2007 Nissan's top performance division, Nismo, introduced Performance Damper on the NISMO 350 / RS 380 as a premium handling feature. And in 2010; Toyota added the PD into its luxury line with the CT200h, Lexus RX F Sport and later the HS250h sedan. Today there are over 14,000 vehicles a month and counting, being produced with the Yamaha Performance Damper as standard equipment and its application is becoming further wide-spread with availability for many other vehicles as an 'accessory kit' through COX, TRD and Nismo suppliers. Yamaha realized the benefits of chassis damping was not something exclusive to automobiles and developed an option for the T-MAX super-scooter. This variation of the Performance Damper named the 'Power Beam' has seen wide acceptance in the European markets where the T-MAX rules supreme in the hotly contested scooter market.