Skip to main content

Could the next Mercedes E63 AMG be AWD-only?

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is set to arrive in 2016, and the range-topping E63 AMG could possibly lose its rear-wheel drive option abroad.

AMG Chief Executive Tobias Moers told Motoring that the luxury sedan will likely equip 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard in right-hand drive markets like Australia, which could mean the dissolution of the rear-wheel drive option altogether.

The new model will ride on Mercedes’ MRA platform, which is very versatile in its ability to accommodate multiple wheelbases and packages. Still, when asked if RWD would be axed for the E63 AMG’s fifth generation, Moers said, “We are in discussion about that. That’s open.”

“If we can manage it then we have a nice all-wheel drive system in the car which provides a nice drifting behavior,” he continued. “Then it’s OK. The success of the all-wheel drive [in] the left-hand markets is tremendous.”

Moers also added that 4MATIC-equipped models have proven to be much faster in racetrack testing, and they also sell in much higher numbers.

The E63 AMG may benefit from the added traction of standard AWD, because the new car will feature the 4.0-liter M178 V8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT.

The engine is 1.5-liters smaller than the twin-turbo V8 from the current car, which produces 550 horsepower, but Moers says the dry-sump V8 from the GT has a very high power ceiling.

“It’s a really capable engine,” he said. “It is not in a big stress level now with 375kW (503 hp). The technology in that engine is really great and there is lot more room for more horsepower and more torque.”

Editors' Recommendations

Andrew Hard
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Andrew first started writing in middle school and hasn't put the pen down since. Whether it's technology, music, sports, or…
Mercedes downsizes its plug-in hybrid tech with the new A250e sedan, hatchback
mercedes benz a250e plug in hybrid



Read more
Mercedes-AMG teaches the tech-savvy 2020 CLA 45 how to breathe fire
2020 mercedes benz cla keeps design led styling gets more tech ces 2019 amg 45 s 4matic

Mercedes-Benz traveled to CES 2019 to introduce the second-generation CLA. It was a fitting venue for a car that's considerably more high-tech than its predecessor. In Las Vegas, the German firm put a greater emphasis on connectivity than on horsepower. That changed at the 2019 New York Auto Show, when it unveiled a more powerful, mid-range variant of the sedan developed by in-house tuner AMG, and the lineup grew again in July 2019 with the addition of a fire-breathing model named CLA 45 fitted with the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world.

The CLA remains the design-led member of Mercedes' growing family of compact cars. Stylists took its front end in a more aggressive direction by giving the headlights and the grille a more angular design. The rippled hood -- a styling cue that helped the original CLA stand out -- returns on the second-generation model. When viewed from the side, the CLA boasts a fastback-like roofline reminiscent of the third-generation CLS and frameless doors. The rear lights are also CLS-like. To us, the 2020 CLA looks more mature than its predecessor.

Read more
Mercedes-AMG GT 73 plug-in hybrid will unleash 805 hp, report says
2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is already pretty fast, but Mercedes may be planning an even faster version. Autocar reports that the GT 4-Door will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain anchored by a twin-turbocharged V8 that makes an impressive 805 horsepower. The British magazine published purported spy photos of this car, expected to be dubbed Mercedes-AMG GT 73 4Matic, undergoing testing. AMG may have other high-performance plug-in hybrids in the pipeline as well.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain could be a production version of the one used in the original GT concept from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, according to Autocar. That car married a plug-in hybrid system with the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 used in numerous current Mercedes-AMG models. It also had all-wheel drive (4Matic, in Mercedes speak) so the production version will likely have that, too. Autocar predicts an electric-only range of 31 miles, although that's likely based on the European WLTP testing cycle, not the U.S. EPA cycle.

Read more