Thanks for all the great comments. I looked up some info on MagneRide and it does seem to have at least a couple of advantages. It has no valve system to control damping, and therefore no associated response delay and wear. It modifies the viscosity of the fluid directly and apparently much faster than a mechanical valve system. But other than that it works in a similar way as far as having sensors, a CPU, and a computed response sent to the actuators.
A middle ground solution could be a passive system but with 2 or 3 damping settings.
Last edited by bmw_or_audi; 12-10-2012 at 09:43 AM.