Toronto, Ontario – Lexus has announced the addition of all-wheel drive (AWD) versions of its luxury flagship sedan, the LS 460 and long-wheelbase LS 460L. The 2009 model year expands Lexus’ AWD line-up, adding the LS to the IS 250, GS 350 and LS 600h L models.

The AWD LS 460 and LS 460 L models will use a drivetrain almost identical to that of the hybrid LS 600h L, featuring a compact centre Torsen limited-slip differential that distributes drive torque between the front and rear wheels. In normal driving conditions, torque distribution is set at 40/60 rear bias, but the system can instantly 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,” said 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.”

As with the rear-wheel drive LS models, the AWD LS 460 and LS 460 L use a 4.6-litre V8, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The AWD versions will produce 357 horsepower and 344 lb-ft of torque, and will come standard with air suspension, variable gear ratio steering and adaptive variable suspension. The 2009 AWD models will be available in Canadian dealerships in September, 2008.

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