All-paws and ef­fect

The all-wheel-drive Lexus LS460 is ideal for those head­ing to the snow, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

AN ALL- PAW Lexus could be­come the musthave win­ter ac­ces­sory for next ski sea­son in Aus­tralia.

The LS460 has just been re­vealed and, de­spite a win­ter far less se­vere than Europe or Ja­pan, it has jumped to the top of the lo­cal Lexus shop­ping list.

‘‘It’s un­der dis­cus­sion for Aus­tralia, but there is no de­ci­sion yet. We want it, but it’s a de­ci­sion that will be made in Ja­pan,’’ Lexus spokesman Mike Breen says.

‘‘We have re­quested it and we are wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion from Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion.’’

The 460 AWD has just been un­veiled at the Moscow Mo­tor Show, where Lexus was over-run by lux­ury-car buy­ers keen to get some­thing spe­cial to com­bat Rus­sian win­ter weather.

The car is al­most iden­ti­cal to the reg­u­lar LS, apart from an all­wheel-drive sys­tem that picks up the me­chan­i­cal pack­age fit­ted to the hy­brid LS600hL. This uses a Torsen lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial to split torque be­tween the front and rear axles.

‘‘It’s an­other op­tion for a ve­hi­cle in that seg­ment of the mar­ket. Our com­peti­tors have all­wheel drive and we’d like to of­fer our Lexus cus­tomers the op­tion,’’ Breen says.

Sev­eral other LS up­grades are be­ing con­sid­ered for Aus­tralia’s LS460, in­clud­ing an elec­tric Ot­toman that puts a busi­ness classstyle air­line seat into the back of the LS be­hind the front-seat passenger. It is al­ready pop­u­lar with LS600hL buy­ers here.

‘‘Other up­grades are be­ing con­sid­ered, but we have noth­ing yet to an­nounce,’’ Breen says.

Snow go: the Lexus LS460, re­vealed at the Moscow Mo­tor Show, uses a lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial to split torque be­tween the front and rear axles.

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