Monday, February 23rd 2015. | Advanced Technology, Auto & Motor, Car

Not entirely unexpected, the future generation of the Mercedes-AMG E63 may switch to a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system exclusively. The information comes from the Aussies at Motoring, who recently had a chat with Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers at the press launch of the new C63 in Portugal. According to Moers, the switch to AWD on every future E63 model in every market would be possible thanks to the versatility of the new MRA (Modular Rear Architecture) platform, which, unlike the current one, is feasible for right-hand drive and all-wheel-drive.

As some of you know, the current E63 AMG and the S-model come with 4Matic all-wheel-drive only in left-hand drive markets – standard in the U.S. and optional in Europe – with RHD countries only getting rear-wheel-drive models. Another reason to change to an exclusively AWD E63 may come from the overwhelming success for this type of drivetrain in countries where it is optional. For example, AWD versions of the E63 and its CLS63 AMG brother account for about 95 percent of sales in Germany, while the standard RWD versions are left to gather dust in showrooms.

Last, but certainly not least, the performance factor is also something to take into account, with Moers saying that the AMG-tuned 4Matic version of the current E63 AMG is faster around the track than the RWD model. Keep in mind that the all-wheel-drive system featured by the E63 and CLS63 AMG is exclusive to these models, in the sense that it has a 33/67-percent front-to-rear torque split for less Audi-like behavior at the limit.

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Mercedes-AMG E63 Could Go AWD-Only originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 23 February 2015 18:00 EST.

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