Mercedes-AMG is Reportedly Working on a Bugatti Fighter

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A Mercedes-AMG Bugatti fighter is reportedly under development.

With the Mercedes-AMG GT R having been officially introduced, rumors are spreading that the German automaker has something even more serious coming up. Called R50, the megacar is set to take on the likes of the Bugatti Chiron and other exotics from Lamborghini and Ferrari, weighing around 2,900 pounds while packing 1,300 horsepower. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough, the R50 reportedly uses a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a pair of electric motors.

To get all the power to the ground, it will have a sophisticated four-wheel steering system along with an adaptive suspension to make it a true track warrior.

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Digital Trends, citing German publication Autobild, says that the new model will borrow styling cues from the CLK GTR and you can expect to see a huge carbon fiber rear spoiler for aerodynamics.

It will be interesting to see if a turbocharged four-cylinder engine can really help provide a 1,300-hp total system output when combined with two electric motors that will make 150 hp a piece. That means the turbo-four engine will be tuned to around 1,000 hp, and while that isn’t totally out of the question, it’s not an easy thing to do reliably.

The good news is, we might not have to wait long to see if these rumors are true. The R50, if it is indeed real, will make its official debut next year to coincide with AMG’s 50th birthday. Estimated pricing is around $2.2-million to $3.3-million, making it quite the exclusive, limited edition car.

[Source: Digital Trends]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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