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Next Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to go AWD

The current W212 E63 AMG is available with AWD in left-hand drive only.

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG will get all-wheel-drive grip and close to 450kW of power from a super-high output version of the twin turbo 4.0-litre V8 used in the C63 AMG.

The new generation E63 is still at least two years away but the German car maker is in the middle of development.

In the US, the E63 is sold exclusively with all-wheel-drive and in Germany, where both rear-drive and all-wheel-drive are available, more than 90 per cent of customers opt for all-wheel-drive.

“Where we have both (rear-drive and all-wheel-drive) on sale, the demand is so tremendous that we have 94 to 96 per cent all-wheel-drive,” said the boss of Mercedes-Benz AMG Tobias Moers, speaking at the European media preview of the new C63 AMG.

“In the US we just have the (all-wheel-drive) system and it was a story of success, and if we see what happened in Germany, where we had both variants in the market, then you have to move business-wise into one variant.”

He said this meant “there is no argument to have both variants any more”.

There is no argument to have both variants any more.

But he said fans should not worry that the next E63 will lose its character.

“If we have a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system in the car which provides a nice drifting behaviour then it’s ok,” he said. “All-wheel-drive systems are getting better and better … we have a lot ideas for the future.”

Previously, all-wheel-drive versions of the E63 were not available in Australia as it was developed for left-hand-drive only.

“The future architecture is feasible for right-hand-drive all-wheel-drive,” said Moers.