Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
November 19, 2012
Mercedes-Benz's performance arm, AMG is looking to using AWD in more of their vehicles.
"We will not only have all-wheel-drive in the SUVs and the compact cars, we will also have that in the performance sedans," said Friedrich Eichlers, AMG's of engines and powertrains.
The reasoning with going towards AWD is due to the amount of power the current crop of AMG vehicles is overwhelming the rear wheels.
"If you want to be a member of the club with cars that have 0-100km/h times of around 3.0 seconds, then you need to have all-wheel-drive for your sports cars. The traction is a little bit of a problem for us, and we can solve this problem with all-wheel-drive. It's a good idea to have all-wheel-drive. We just think about that because we won't bring the power and the torque to the road if you always lose the grip and the [traction control system] kills all the power and torque," said Eichlers.
Now AMG won't be moving all of their vehicles to AWD. There will be RWD models along with the AWD.
"I think we will have both [rear- and all-wheel-drive models]," Eichlers says. "Some people like two-wheel-drive because the steering is a little bit lighter and you can have more fun, with drift, when the rear of the car comes around. Some people like that."
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