AMG’ recent new models are all offered with optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. The E 63 AMG, CLS 63 AMG and even the S 63 AMG have all-paw options (though only in left-hand drive form), while the smaller hotshots A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG both come standard with 4MATIC technology.
That trend is set to continue, according to AMG’s new CEO and Chairman, Tobias Moers. He told Australian site Motoring that future AMG models will feature 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a core technology across the range.
Before you shout out blasphemy, it’s a demand-driven decision, with over 90% of E 63 AMG and CLS 63 AMG customers who had the choice between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive opting for the 4MATIC option. That’s damning statistics that you can’t argue with.
Moers is quick to point out that Mercedes AMG’s latest 4MATIC system has evolved so much that it can now hit all the brand’s dynamic benchmarks. It makes the cars easier to drive, without sacrificing the AMG genes. Plus, 4MATIC AMG models are still rear-wheel drive biased so the fun factor is intact, says Moers.
That’s not to say that pure rear-wheel drive Mercedes AMG models will go extinct soon, as Moers insists that there’s still be room for them within the brand’s future range. Track-oriented models – think the SLS AMG supercar, its SLC cousin and the Black Series lineup – will most likely stick to AMG’s traditional layout.
Up to the recently unveiled S-Class, Mercedes had been unable to repackage its 4MATIC system for right-hand drive models. That engineering challenge will be rectified in the next generation of both models families (Mercedes-Benz and AMG), according to Moers.