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While the decision to make the A45 AMG all-wheel-drive may seem obvious (sticking with the donor A Class’ front-wheel-drive system would be intolerable for AMG), there’s actually more to the story.
AMG already sells a number of all-wheel-drive models based on the ML, GL and G Class SUVs, but the Affalterbach tuner is keen to offer more of its regular models with the added traction of all-wheel drive as it continues to offer ever increasing amounts of horsepower and torque.
Speaking with Drive, AMG’s powertrain boss Friedrich Eichlers said his company plans to offer all-wheel drive in its sedan models as well as its SUVs and upcoming compact cars. Eichlers explained that the move is necessary to keep up with rivals such as Audi’s quattro, which offers its RS lineup exclusively with all-wheel drive. BMW is also tipped to be readying an all-wheel-drive M5.
“Next year there will be a presentation of a new all-wheel-drive concept,” Eichlers explained. “It's absolutely necessary, our competitors have all-wheel drive [cars] in the performance segment, so we have to do that too.”
Eichlers didn’t go into detail about what that all-wheel-drive concept would be, though it’s believed that the 2014 E63 AMG currently in development and due out next year will be offered with all-wheel drive. He did state, however, that being able to build luxury cars capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in around 3.0 seconds requires all-wheel-drive technology.
Fortunately, rear-wheel drive will still be around for those who prefer the dynamics of having only the rear wheels doing the driving, Eichlers stressed.