It seems Mercedes-AMG's shift to all-wheel drive isn't going to end with big sedans like the E63 and AMG GT 4-Door. The feature could soon begin to appear in most cars in its lineup. , and he revealed just how interested AMG's customers are in four driven wheels.
When asked by Autocar whether he thinks purely rear-wheel drive vehicles will eventually die out in the future, Moers used his buyers to provide some perspective.
“Customers have given us the answer, and most want four-wheel drive," Moers told Autocar. “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," he added.
Currently, the E63 can only be had with all-wheel drive, though thanks to a dedicated drift mode, the car can send 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels only.
AMG's flagship, the One hypercar, uses an all-wheel drive system using F1 tech at the rear and two electric motors—one for each wheel—at the front. But its mass-production sports car, the GT, sends power only to the rear. Autocar asked Moers about the possibility of the GT going all-wheel drive in the future, and again, he used customer feedback to provide an answer.
"When I ask customers about the GT, they ask me about all-wheel drive," Moers told Autocar. "Regarding our competition, this is the downside of the AMG in terms of usability. People in Munich, for example, always, always ask for four-wheel drive—I think it’s for safety and stability.”
Moers also confirmed to Autocar that the next generation SL will be developed by AMG, and share its platform with the next AMG GT—something we first heard about in 2016. If the next AMG GT is all-wheel drive, then presumably, the SL might be as well. Only time will tell.