Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

The multi-disc clutch that is in­te­grated into the rear axle and is re­spon­si­ble for di­vert­ing drive to­wards the rear wheels is now ac­tu­ated elec­tro-me­chan­i­cally rather than elec­tro-hy­drauli­cally, so it’s quicker to re­spond. The sys­tem as a whole is pre­dic­tive now, too, and there­fore able to de­ter­mine ex­actly when drive should be shunted rear­wards, rather than sim­ply wait­ing for slip at the front axle, by which point it is, by def­i­ni­tion, too late.

The 4Matic sys­tem also has a Sport mode – ac­ti­vated in ESP Sport Han­dling or ESP Off – which favours the rear axle more read­ily for even more ag­ile han­dling be­hav­iour.

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