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Lexus Offers All-Wheel Drive
Performance on its LS 460 and LS 460 L Flagship Luxury Sedans
Torrance, CA - Lexus has announced
the addition of all-wheel drive (AWD) versions of its flagship
luxury sedan, the LS 460 and long-wheelbase LS 460 L. The 2009
model year expands Lexus' AWD lineup, making the LS 460 the
fourth luxury sedan to offer AWD performance following the IS
250, GS 350 and LS 600h L.
The AWD versions of the LS 460 and
LS 460 L will utilize a drivetrain almost identical to their
hybrid counterpart, the LS 600h L. The AWD system features a
highly compact center TORSEN® Limited-Slip Differential (LSD)
that distributes drive torque between the front and rear wheels.
In normal driving conditions, the front and rear torque
distribution ratio is set at a rear-bias 40:60, but it can
instantly and optimally vary between 30:70 and 50:50 depending
on driving conditions, thus helping to ensure excellent traction
performance and driving stability.
The AWD LS 460 and LS 460 L are
powered by a 4.6-liter V8 mated to the world's first eight-speed
automatic transmission, identical to their rear-wheel drive
equivalent. The AWD versions will produce 357 horsepower and 344
lb.-ft of torque and can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about
In addition to the luxury,
convenience and safety features found on the current LS 460,
both AWD versions will come standard with air suspension,
Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS), and Adaptive Variable
The computer-controlled AVS system
continuously adjusts shock-absorber damping rates to help
provide comfort and handling precision. The VGRS system selects
the steering gear ratio according to vehicle speed, enhancing
responsiveness and driver control. VGRS also partners with the
Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system, making
minor steering adjustments to help improve control during
challenging road conditions.
The AWD models will also come
standard with 18-inch wheels with all-season tires, a wood and
leather-trimmed heated steering wheel and power rear sunshade
for added luxury.
The 2009 LS AWD models will be
available in dealerships in October 2008.
(August 28, 2008)