Bentley has been making a pretty penny selling twelve-cylinder models with all-wheel drive and it appears Mercedes-AMG has finally taken notice.

Bentley has been making a pretty penny selling twelve-cylinder models with all-wheel drive and it appears Mercedes-AMG has finally taken notice.

In a recent interview, Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told Car & Driver the company will eventually offer an all-wheel drive system on models equipped with the twin-turbo V12 engine.  The executive also revealed the V12 engine will become more powerful as he wants to create a "meaningful" power gap between the V8 and V12 engines.

Besides talking about engines, Moers confirmed the next-generation E63 will be equipped with a new nine-speed AMG Speedshift automatic transmission.  The executive also said the car will be available with an electronic rear differential that is offered on the C63 S Coupe.

Last but not least, Moers suggested the upcoming C-Class Convertible will receive a high-performance AMG variant.  This isn't terribly surprising as our spies caught the model undergoing testing earlier this month.

The C63 Convertible will be heavily influenced by the coupe and should feature a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine with outputs of 476 PS (349 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque as well as 510 PS (375 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.  Despite offering the same engine as the coupe, the convertible variants are expected to be a tad slower and heavier.

Source: Car & Driver

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