TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - 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 Lexus LS series redefines the prestige sedan with
a vehicle that showcases the Lexus vision of contemporary luxury. 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(R) 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.
"The AWD system is designed to ensure excellent traction performance and
driving stability for our Lexus guests, regardless of the climate and road
conditions," noted Tony Wearing, Managing Director at Lexus of Canada. "As
with all Lexus vehicles, we provide a total driving experience that combines
seamless anticipation, simplicity and elegance."
The AWD LS 460 and LS 460 L are powered by a 4.6-litre 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.
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 Suspension (AVS).
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 Canadian dealerships in
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