Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that the next-generation E63 will drop the rear-wheel drive version. The decision is a purely market-based one as over 90-percent of the car’s buyers in Germany are opting for the all-wheel drive version of the car.

The high take-rate on all-wheel drive is not all that surprising. It’s a trend in the industry in just about every market as people like the concept of being prepared for the occasional harsh winter. There’s no question, though, that ditching rear-wheel drive on the hot rod E-Class is slightly disappointing for performance car purists. The only silver lining here is that Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has confirmed that the next-generation E63 will launch a new, advanced all-wheel drive system. Details, of course, are being kept under wraps until the car’s official debut.

Moers also confirmed that the next E63 will feature an updated version of AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. While the same base engine in the C63 and GT R revealed last week, the E63 will have many unique components. The unique components are allegedly going to be good for about 600 horsepower to funnel through an automatic-only transmission option.

Further details on AMG’s latest badass will be revealed in the coming weeks online. After that a full reveal can be expected at the Paris Motor Show.