If you start thinking a little bit, it's almost staggering how many high-performance vehicles are using all-wheel drive set ups.

There's nothing wrong with that.

With so much power being put into street cars, the added traction keeps cars gripping and improves performance -- albeit with a bit of a weight increase -- from a stop and on the track.

The latest news hitting the wires it that Mercedes-Benz has actually decided to move forward with an E63 AMG 4MATIC.

Yes, you heard right.

While we don't expect the AMG's party to be ruined, as the vehicle's power will still have a rearward bias, it certainly seems to show where everyone's going in terms of technology.

That means the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Audi RS6, and -- of course -- the Mercedes will all feature all-wheel drive. So, where does this leave BMW?

Remember when rumors were circling about a possible all-wheel drive M5 before it made its official debut?

What say you? Will BMW's next move be an all-wheel drive set up for the M5 or will it stick to its rear-wheel drive roots?

Mercedes-Benz is going to introduce the refreshed 2014 E-Class this January at the Detroit Show. That of course means a new E63 AMG is coming, both sedan and wagon...

We're obviously not the only folks noticing this trend, as AMG CEO Ola Kaellenius invited yours truly down to get a preview of the new E63 AMG 4Matic. Yup, for the first time ever, a non-SUV AMG product will come complete with AWD. And I got a day in the passenger seat...

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