Drift modes won't only be for silly little hot hatches anymore. The chairman of Mercedes-AMG, Tobias Moers told Autocar that the next generation E63 will pack a setting for hooning as well.

The publication says that part of the reason for this inclusion is because all new E63s will be all-wheel drive, and the company wanted to retain rear drive characteristics. Of course the PR boost from including one of the most talked-about car features this year can't hurt either. The new E63 will be capable of sending 100-percent of the engine's power to the rear. American consumers won't be too concerned about the shift to all wheel drive though. Our current model is only available with four powered wheels anyway. We won't argue with more rear wheel bias though.

Moers also revealed some rough performance stats for the new E63 to Autocar, too. He said there will be versions producing less than and more than 600 horsepower. We expect this means the model will have an "entry-level" E63 trim and a more powerful E63 S trim, like with the Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S. He also said the new model will be capable of 0 to 62 mph times of under 4 seconds and can lap the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes and 50 seconds. For reference, the current US-market E63 S makes 577 horsepower and does 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds.

The last tasty tidbit the AMG chairman revealed was that we'll be seeing the new E63 in just a few months. He said the debut will be at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. With that in mind, you can count on us to bring you all the details when we're there this year.

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