2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG spy shots
While we've even seen AMG make all-wheel drive standard on its latest 2014 E63 AMG for customers in the U.S., adding the option to other models, like the next-generation C63 AMG, is not a foregone conclusion.
The new C63 AMG has already been spied testing in prototype form and is expected to debut next year as a 2015 model.
Speaking with Auto Express, AMG powertrain engineering manager Jorg Gindele revealed that an all-wheel-drive version was under consideration and that a prototype had already been built.
Gindele went on to reveal that a final decision on an all-wheel-drive C63 AMG would need to come from Mercedes' board of management. Given the excitement surrounding the new all-wheel-drive E63 AMG, we figure the car will be given the green light.
AMG’s version of 4MATIC all-wheel drive for front-engined, rear-wheel-drive configurations features a permanent 33-67 front-rear torque split. The beauty of the system is that it only adds around 150 pounds to the weight of a car.
For its front-wheel-drive-based models, like the new A45 AMG and upcoming CLA45 AMG, the torque split is 50-50 and most of the time full torque is sent to the front wheels only. This is in order to improve fuel economy.
One other tidbit revealed in the interview was the possibility of a Black Series version of the E63 AMG towards the end of the current model’s life. With the regular model already producing up to 577 horsepower in its S-Model trim, expect any E63 AMG Black Series model to be pushing close to 600 horses--just the kind of insanity you’d expect from any vehicle badged a Black Series.