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Mercedes-AMG C63 all-wheel drive ruled out

There will be no all-wheel drive version of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63.
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Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told CarAdvice at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show that all-wheel drive has been definitively ruled out for the performance version of the new-generation C-Class.

“No,” he said of the potential for an all-wheel drive version of the high-performance model.

“C63 – come on, you like rear-wheel drive cars,” he said, speaking specifically of the Australian taste for rear-drive performance cars.

The C63 shares its main hardware with the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT sports coupe (pictured below), which CarAdvice is attending the launch of this week in the US.

Mercedes-AMG GT (C 190) 2014

Moers said there's plenty of shared elements, including the fact both are powered by the same high-output 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and both have rear-wheel drive only.

“In the C63 there’s a big piece of [the new Mercedes-AMG GT]. And you don’t [lack] the traction on the C63, I promise you.

“C-Class and sports car is, for us, dedicated [rear-wheel drive],” he said.

However, Moers did suggest that the brand could consider an all-wheel drive version in the future, and the company has previously stated its line-up will be dominated by AWD models in the coming years.

“You never know what will happen in the future, but today and for the near future, we will stick with a rear-axle driven car,” he said.