It was last week when Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that every new model of the company from 2021 will be electrified. In addition, all state-of-the-art AMGs will have a four-wheel drive layout, because that's what customers are requesting.
In a recent interview for BusMoers has confirmed that pure RWD cars are no longer the primary choice for customers and it does not make sense to invest money in the development of these vehicles. "Customers have given us the answer, and most want a four-wheel drive," he told the British publication. "In the days when we had an AMG E-Class as rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive as an option, more than 90% chose the 4WD. In the new E63 with drift mode, you have a real rear-wheel drive car, but with four-wheel drive too. "
And, yes – if you're going to ask about the AMG GT division's main supercar, it's also following the same path to the next generation model. That's because customers in this niche segment also ask about four-wheel drive.
"When I ask customers about the GT, they ask me about four-wheel drive," explained Moers. "Regarding our competition, this is the downside of the AMG in terms of usability. People in Munich, for example, always ask for four-wheel drive – I think it's for safety and stability. "
Moers also reaffirmed that the V12 engines will soon be a thing of the past for the Mercedes-AMG. The latest 12-cylinder model of the brand is the S65 Final Edition and Moers said that even the V8 is having problems for some of the smaller cars of the AMG brand, such as the C63.
"We are still responsible for the V12s – maybe Maybach will use them in the next generation of the S-Class, but not the AMG. Having a high-powered V12 would be a new engine and in the new times there is no room for that."