• Aug 30th 2006 at 4:01PM
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Audi appears to have set off a chain reaction with its forthcoming R8 sports car. The automaker's primary competitors, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, are both cooking up their own new sports cars. Auto Motor und Sport reports that BMW is busy working on the Z9 for 2010. The front-engined Z9 would eschew the Z8's retro themes for a more current look, and be powered at first by a version of the M5/M6 V10 making 500+ horses. That engine could possibly be joined by a 400+ hp V8 after the car's initial release.
Meanwhile, at Mercedes, speculation abounds regarding the rumored 2010 supercar, which, based on previous reports, will be driven by a 750-hp twin-turbocharged version of the AMG V8, sport gullwing doors and be developed entirely by AMG mad scientists. Auto Motor und Sport reports that said powerplant will be mounted amidships, and the rendering above is the German mag's theory of what this AMG sports car could look like. We think it looks just fine.

Let the rumor-mongering continue!

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      That german site is NSFW, nudey girl on the right for the photoshoot. Small, but some people may get in trouble for stuff like that.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it just me or is BMW planning and producing a LOT of models these days? Back in the day BMW was known for producing very few models very well. They weren't for everybody but they were fantastic. We'll see if BMW's traditional refinement, focus and quality can keep up with the exploding lineup. No one needs another Ford/GM/Chrysler!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just saw the full picture of the future Mercedes supercar and from that pic it looks much nicer and wider then the current SLR.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I just don't see how BMW building another front engine sports car with the 5 liter V10 is all that different from the M6 or how whatever Mercedes comes out with is all that different from the SL class, especially in the face of an R8 with a Gallardo engine. The R8 just seems to be clearly superior in this situation.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Audi R8 is coming along very nicely and quickly. It wont be long before we see them running around on the roads out there!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Probably the mid-engine Merc (mini SLR) that we've been hearing about for the last year or so... if that's the case, could the anticipated success, or actual success, of the R8 be the deciding factor?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Audi is the new BMW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Isn't a part of what is striking about the R8 that it is a mid engine set up. In all the car magazines they talk about how mid engine is the best set up. What keeps BMW from building the ultimate driving machine? What makes it so Lotus and Toyota have been able to build them, but BMW doesn't want to? What distinguishes a front engine Z9 from anything else in the field or an M6 or an M5 or any other BMW? It can't be that hard and BMW would seem like the people who could do it.
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