Mercedes-AMG Is Killing Rear-Wheel-Drive Models, Sticking With AWD Moving Forward: Report

Future Mercedes-AMG hot rods will feature electrified V8 engines and all-wheel-drive drivetrains.

byChris Tsui| PUBLISHED Apr 29, 2019 12:00 PM
Mercedes-AMG Is Killing Rear-Wheel-Drive Models, Sticking With AWD Moving Forward: Report

It's time to start saying goodbye to rear-wheel-drive-only Mercedes-AMG cars, because going forward, all hot Benzes will come with all-wheel drive standard—AMG GT included. In an interview with Autocar, Mercedes-AMG chairman and CEO Tobias Moers said purely RWD cars will be going the way of the dinosaur because AWD is just what people want these days. 

"Customers have given us the answer, and most want four-wheel drive," Moers told the British publication. "Back in the days when we had an AMG E-Class as rear-wheel drive and with four-wheel drive as an option, over 90 percent chose 4WD." 

Mercedes-AMG E63 S., Mercedes-Benz USA

Those looking to participate in sideways AMG shenanigans aren't completely screwed, however, because Moers reminds people that the AWD system in the new E63 happens to come with on-demand RWD. "In the new E63 with drift mode, you have a real rear-wheel-drive car but with four-wheel drive also."

Speaking specifically on an AWD AMG GT, Moers told Autocar, "When I ask customers about the GT, they ask me about AWD. Regarding our competition, this is the downside of the AMG in terms of usability. People in Munich, for example, always, always ask for 4WD—I think it's for safety and stability."

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro, Mercedes-Benz USA

In the same report, the AMG boss confirmed that the brand's signature V8 engines would soon get hybrid assistance saying, "we are not going to push the performance output of the V8 in future." Specifically, this would involve a plug-in hybrid system with an electric rear axle debuting on the AMG GT 4-Door. If that layout sounds familiar, that's because Porsche offers a very similar product in its mind-bending Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

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