All-wheel drive: Fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive

Dec 3, 2017

The LHD version of the S 63 4MATIC+ Coupé and Cabriolet come as standard with fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive. This intelligent system combines the advantages of different drive concepts: The fully variable torque split between front and rear axle, another first, not only ensures optimal traction, but the driver is also able to rely on high handling stability and a high level of safety under all conditions, in the dry, in the wet or in snow. The transition from rear-wheel to all-wheel drive and vice versa is seamless, because the intelligent control is integrated into the overall vehicle system architecture.

An electro-mechanically controlled clutch connects the permanently driven rear axle variably to the front axle. The best possible torque split is continuously computed according to the driving conditions and driver's input. This means that the Performance Coupé and Cabriolet are infinitely variable from traction-oriented all-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive only. Cross-fading takes place continuously based on a complex matrix.

Alongside traction and lateral dynamics, the all-wheel drive also improves the longitudinal dynamics for even more powerful acceleration.

The RHD versions of the S 63 Coupé and Cabriolet are equipped with the new engine and the new transmission. They are available only with rear-wheel drive. The S 65 Coupé and Cabriolet also have rear-wheel drive.