Mercedes-AMG says the days of the brand having pure rear-wheel-drive products is quickly coming to an end. The brand’s boss Tobias Moers confirmed in a recent interview that all next-generation AMG products will be all-wheel-drive.
In speaking with AutoCar Moers stated consumers have spoken when it comes to the driveline layout of AMG cars, and they generally want all-wheel-drive. The executive took the comment even further when pressed on whether or not the next AMG GT would be all-wheel-drive as well, saying GT customers always ask him about all-wheel-drive.
The shift to all-wheel-drive comes as little surprise. In recent years, most AMG products have started rolling out all-wheel-drive or offering it as the only option. The competition over a BMW M have been migrating in the same direction as well.
Moers pointed out that even AMG’s all-wheel-drive cars can still send 100 percent of the torque to the rear axle when in drift mode.
The interview also confirmed Mercedes-AMG will not try to push anymore power out of its hot twin-turbocharged V-8. Going forward, Moers said, AMG will leverage plug-in hybrid systems paired to its twin-turbocharged V-8 to squeeze more power out of them. The first application of a V-8 hybrid is expected to appear in the AMG GT 4-Door, which will ultimately be a competitor to the Porsche Panamera S-E Hybrid when it arrives next year.
Also on the powertrain front, Moers confirmed AMG has no plans to leverage a V-12 engine in any future products.
Of course, one area Moers did not touch on in his remarks is how AMG engineers plan to handle all the additional mass that stems from adding a hybrid system to a V-8 or standard all-wheel-drive systems.