Almost half of the current Mercedes-AMG performance range consists of rear-wheel drive. However, that could change – including a recent report on the AMG GT series. That would take some getting used to, but people just want four-wheel drive instead, as far as AMG can tell.
That's according to Autocar, who spoke about the future of Mercedes cars with performance badges AMG boss Tobias Moers recently. Autocar wrote that the future certainly does not seem to be RWD, although 19 of the 49 AMG models – from the roadster to the wagons – had it right now.
Autocar reports instead that Moers wants to move to the construction of all four wheels [1
"At that time, when we had an AMG E-Class rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive, over 90% opted for all-wheel drive. In the new E63 with drift mode you have a real vehicle with rear-wheel drive, but also with four-wheel drive. "
When asked if even the AMG GT flagship would adopt such a system, Moers said," When I ask customers about the GT, they ask me about all-wheel drive. In our competition, this is the disadvantage of the AMG in terms of usability. For example, people in Munich always ask for four-wheel drive – I think it's for safety and stability reasons.
The latest E63 AMG uses a clutch-based four-wheel system that can send 100% of the engine torque for each axle until then. The drift mode of the E63 S can fully disengage the front drive shafts, allowing a conventional rear-wheel drive system if desired.
History has it that "all AMGs of the next generation" come standard with four-wheel drive, but they did not use a Moers direct quote to say that – so do not just accept it as a prophecy. Jalopnik turned to AMG to confirm this statement, and will update that story when we hear that.
But switching to standard four-wheel drive would, according to Mercedes AMG website mean the next generation of the AMG. The marked sedan SLC 43, SL 63 and S 65 together with each variation of the series C 63, C 63 S and two-door GT would shift 4WD. All these variations make up 19 different cars, as Mercedes has more car models than most of us can choose outfits.
The only choice that customers will not have in the next few years is only a good choice for RWD on their new AMG, but it sounds like most of them did not want it anyway.