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AMG, the performance arm of German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz that is best known for its tail-happy tyre shredding cars is set to make the switch to all-wheel-drive due to low demand for rear-wheel-drive cars. This was revealed to British automotive publication Autocar by the CEO of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers.
Speaking to Autocar, Moers revealed that the demand for rear-wheel-drive cars was waning, something that saw AMG send the new E63 performance sedan to the road with all-wheel-drive. However, in the AMG E63, the performance arm of Mercedes had fitted a drift mode, which allowed owners to send all the power to the rear wheels to engage in the rear wheel drive hooning that AMG cars are best known for.
However, those days of going sideways around a bend in an AMG-tuned Mercedes looks set to end as the power crazed fans of the Affalterbach based brand are opting for a more safer and stable all-wheel-drive car. According to the AMG boss, customers who choose to purchase the AMG GT sports car are also keen on getting the all-wheel-drive setup, instead of the sports car's current rear-wheel-drive.
More bad news is around the corner for AMG purists as the German performance car brand is set to go fully hybrid in the coming years (you can read more on that story here). This is due to stringent European Union emissions laws that go into effect in 2021. These new rules mandate that every car produced by Mercedes, including those wearing the AMG badge are set to count towards the overall 101g/km of CO2 average target set for Daimler by lawamakers. If Diamler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz dies not meet the new average emissions target, it could face heavy fines.While there is speculation about the next-gen C63 switiching to a six-cylinder turbo engine, Moers told Autocar that there was room for speculation there.
In the meantime, AMG is not being lax with its actual duty of building cars. Moers confirmed that AMG would be in charge of the development of the the next-generation of the SL roadster. Moers confirmed that the next SL would share the smae platform as the second-generation AMG GT.