All Future Mercedes-AMG Models Set Be AWD
By the sounds of things, all next-generation models from Mercedes-AMG will feature four-wheel drive as standard, including the AMG GT supercar, according to AMG boss Tobias Moers.
Speaking to Autocar, Moers said in response to the idea of pure rear-wheel drive dying out in the future: “Customers have given us the answer, and most want four-wheel drive.
“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% chose 4WD. In the new E63 with drift mode, you have a real rear-wheel-drive car but with four-wheel drive also.”
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. Regarding our competition, this is the downside of the AMG in terms of usability. People in Munich, for example, always, always ask for four-wheel drive – I think it’s for safety and stability.”
Moers also confirmed that AMG is instead focusing its resources on the next-generation SL, which will be developed by the performance division and share its platform with the next AMG GT.
“We are focused on SL for the future,” he said. “Totally different car – It’s a sports car. The company has been running at full throttle for two years on that programme. It’s a shared platform between GT and SL.”