New Mercedes-AMG E63 will have four-wheel drive and drift mode
Company chairman, Tobias Moers has confirmed that 2017’s Mercedes-AMG E63 performance car is set to have 4Matic four-wheel drive as standard. To guarantee it continues with the established rear-wheel handling characteristics of its earlier incarnation, a newly developed drift mode will also be included, as well as other features.
The new E63 will be debuted in January at the Detroit Motor Show. Speaking at last week’s similar event in Paris, Moers revealed that, “It is four-wheel drive and we’re going to have a Drift Mode,”
The combination of 4Matic four-wheel drive and Drift Mode, which was first released with the Latest Ford Focus RS, will take the handling of the E63 to a whole new level.
“It’s faster on the (Nürburgring) Nordschleife than ever,” said Moers. “It’s going to be under 7min 50sec [when fitted with] the standard tyres.”
The current E63 had the option of either rear or four-wheel drive. Moers dropped hints that at least one edition of the new E63 line-up will be capable of more than 600bhp.
“It’s going to be below and above 600bhp,” he said, indicating the new Audi RS6 and BMW M5 rival will follow the lead of other recent AMG models by offering two different states of tune for its new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine.