Mercedes-AMG listens to customers and says farewell to RWD Models. The first on the list to go include some favorites, the Mercedes AMG GT and C 63. The AMG GT is the automakers halo sports car, and will most likely transition to all-wheel drive. This transition is the result of demand; demand from consumers.
CEO of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers, released plans to discontinue the rear-wheel drive models, replacing them with all-wheel drive. Moers said, “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 percent chose 4WD. In the new E 63 with drift mode, you have a real rear-wheel-drive car but with four-wheel drive also.” AMG has an all-wheel drive system with drift mode, distributing 100 percent of power to the rear wheels.
The announcement of the Mercedes-AMG vehicles going to AWD isn’t unexpected. Nearly every model it offers has a variation of all-wheel or four-wheel drive. The C 63, C 63 S, SL 63, SL 65, S 65 and AMG GT models are the only rear-wheel drive models remaining. Moers explained that the S 65 Final Edition is the end of V-12s for AMG. He stated, “We’re responsible for V-12s-maybe Maybach is going to use them in the next-generation S-Class, but not AMG. Having a high-powered competitive V-12 would be a new engine, and in the new times there is no room to do that.”
The automaker will go to the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with a hybridization via an electric motor mounted in the rear. The hybrid system is expected next year in the AMG GT Four-Door Coupe. The German automaker will start transitioning from the grand tourer style towards a sportier model. The automotive industry is a competitive market, and this evolution will help solidify the future for Mercedes-AMG.
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