As AMG powertrain chief Friedrich Eichlers pointed out in speaking with Australian car news site Drive, Audi
's RS models all pack Quattro all-wheel drive, and BMW
is tipped to do the same with the M5. Even Maserati
is speculated to be preparing AWD versions of its new Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. The move could be more than a marketing calculation, though. AMG wants to continue ramping up the output of its engines, and it has evidently found it needs more traction to be able to channel all that power to the road.