Mercedes Planning Audi R8 Killer

Rumours are building of a Mercedes supercar to rival the forthcoming R8 from Audi.

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German publication Auto Motor und Sport have released this rendering of what they think a possible Audi R8 killer will look like.

The article speculates that Mercedes could unveil the new mid-engined model sometime around 2010, with the entire production taking place at its AMG plant.

If we were Mercedes and wanted to build something to rival a Lamborghini based supercar, we’d ask McLaren to build it.

[Source: eMercedesBenz]

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  1. 1. 13th April, 2007 at 14:40 by Minty

    I do not think this will beat the R8.

  2. 2. 30th April, 2007 at 13:40 by mercedes such

    a great car and i have the same name as the make the car is brileant and i would defentley have 1

  3. 3. 12th May, 2007 at 18:21 by

    sounds great!

  4. 4. 17th May, 2007 at 17:35 by Nas786

    hey guys…

    i dunno bout this new merc….

    it just looks like its trying too hard…i have a sl65 and wouldnt trade it for that….

    take care.

  5. 5. 27th June, 2007 at 02:21 by donovan

    this car is sick, you are a god if you own one of these.Its 007 meets the pimp

  6. 6. 1st July, 2007 at 00:15 by federico

    i think the mercedes looks great but wont outperform the r8.

  7. 7. 19th July, 2007 at 14:27 by

    Exotic CAR!!!

  8. 8. 31st July, 2007 at 00:59 by Manaj


  9. 9. 7th August, 2007 at 13:34 by tardoen

    how much that car… me, i want buy it…thanks

  10. 10. 25th August, 2007 at 16:01 by bob

    that would smoke the R8 and Bimmer and its 10x sexier mercedes4ever

  11. 11. 25th August, 2007 at 16:03 by mcmerc

    Bobs right its the best “mercedes4ever” is very much true too

  12. 12. 6th September, 2007 at 08:47 by sam

    it looks awsome but the SL is much sexier this looks like a chicks car to small for me just like the slk I’d much rather keep my SL but i would buy it given the chance above all its a BENZ!!

  13. 13. 9th September, 2007 at 18:42 by greg

    this car sucks.

  14. 14. 9th September, 2007 at 22:05 by n0c

    Greg, you’re gay and everyone on the internet hates you.

  15. 15. 15th September, 2007 at 17:07 by Benz4life

    This car is awesome i would so buy it.

  16. 16. 15th September, 2007 at 17:08 by Benz4life

    This car is awesome i would so buy it. Audi has it coming…

  17. 17. 18th September, 2007 at 22:29 by H


  18. 18. 18th September, 2007 at 22:52 by H man


  19. 19. 23rd September, 2007 at 16:41 by derren

    never gonna beat the r8 this is nothing

  20. 20. 23rd September, 2007 at 16:42 by derren

    this is never gonna beat the R8 this is nothing

  21. 21. 6th October, 2007 at 17:02 by audirules

    holy god this car sucks. I have an R8 and it is SOOOOOOOO nice. All mercedes could do is mess it up by making sure you need to take in to get “fixed” every month and jack up the price about 50k (R8 starts at about $105,000… )
    In all honesty, I would rather drive a prius.

  22. 22. 15th October, 2007 at 20:25 by tim

    dis car is made up, my bruvz m8 wrks at da head office of daimler chrysler uk in milton keynes n i or any one else aint heard anythin about this car

  23. 23. 16th October, 2007 at 12:46 by Manny

    Just remeber that Mercedes Benz create’s ridiculous power output engines….Can they outperform audi in terms of power yes…..Now the styling is something they need to work on…..I’d rather the Mercedes Benz Clk GTR raw styling anytime…..than this boring design I’m looking at…..

  24. 24. 16th October, 2007 at 15:23 by hussein ballouz

    i think this car is really the best car in the world

  25. 25. 21st October, 2007 at 09:31 by Louis

    merc is taking a chance calling it the R8 killer, but 2010 is a long way ahead. Audi move fast and will probably come out with something better than its R8 by then so good luck to merc.

  26. 26. 2nd November, 2007 at 08:02 by yves

    franchement cette voiture est trop belle et class je la payerai sans hesiter.

  27. 27. 3rd November, 2007 at 21:33 by ison

    sa po len shkurt o shpirt kir makin kaq te bukur tregom

  28. 28. 18th November, 2007 at 16:56 by me

    I work for Merc as well and i havn’t heard or seen anything like this. Read the original comments; “rumour”, “rendering” & “possible”. It’s just someones idea of a fantasy car. Having said that, it does look superb and if Merc can get Brabus to rinse over 1,000nm torque out of the current SL’s powerplant, then i’m sure they can wipe the Volkswagen R8, sorry i mean Audi :-), off the road.

  29. 29. 25th November, 2007 at 23:01 by Adam

    obvisouly, this is a photoshop OF an R8. it has the exact same shape, and u can tell that the detail on te lights and things added are poor. looks alright i guess, but mercedes would make it look way better

  30. 30. 29th November, 2007 at 17:57 by Paul

    i like this car but why are they all challenging each other, i mean they are all german. but still i like mercedes but why could’nt they build the CL600 AMG with a clutch!!!

  31. 31. 11th December, 2007 at 16:37 by nate

    i like this ride i have only just seen it on google has it only just came out and dose it go fast i think this car is 10 out of 10
    that all i have to say thankes

  32. 32. 15th December, 2007 at 01:33 by joe benz

    this is like lamborghini gallordo its so gonna beat the r8 any day

  33. 33. 15th December, 2007 at 01:35 by joe benz

    this is like lamborghini gallordo its so gonna beat the r8 any day any time its so hot but is like $200,000,00$ dollas

  34. 34. 27th December, 2007 at 20:27 by carlos

    the front of this car reminds me the Focus… I don’t like. It need more Auto Cad or drawing table…

  35. 35. 14th January, 2008 at 06:07 by Katay

    You guy just bla bla bla… why dont u just wait to see this car side by side on star line!!!

  36. 36. 23rd January, 2008 at 14:15 by gaptoal

    i thin this is a great car its amzin ut the slr mcaren i also a reallygreatcar ithas ots o power

  37. 37. 25th January, 2008 at 19:55 by martin

    the beast

  38. 38. 27th January, 2008 at 07:11 by poon

    i think it look like CL600+SLR Mcraren

  39. 39. 30th January, 2008 at 06:02 by Riaan Naude

    I have always been a huge fan of mercedes and I think by knowing the cars and people working for them that they can make a fuge success of this car. They have all the right requirements to make it: it looks fantastic, its specs is quite brilliant and to top it all its got the right kind of support from all mercedes fans.
    Well done guys…

  40. 40. 30th January, 2008 at 18:44 by lewis pollard

    i dont think dat wud do the r8 because audi is bringin out a V10 one so not sure in 1936 there was a audi dat went 279 and hardly no tec but look at today dey must beable to bluid a car fast as fu*ck if dey felt like it

  41. 41. 11th February, 2008 at 23:52 by Scott

    We just got the new CL but i like this car.But the R8 is a seriously good lucking car,luck 4werd to seeing this merc in the flesh

  42. 42. 3rd March, 2008 at 21:04 by Shriraj

    this mercedes looks horrible. This is the result of one car company trying to copy another. I’m not even an audi fan but I can say I would take the r8 any day over this ugly mercedes. Mercedes is known for copying cars. The ugly S class interior is an exact copy of the BMW 7-series interior. If u want a real car buy the 2008 BMW M3

  43. 43. 6th March, 2008 at 02:57 by Anon.

    Holy shische people…The car is NOT REALLY A MERCEDES!!!!!!!! It’s an ARTISTS RENDERING!!!!!!!!

    You know what: forget it. “That’s an ugly mercedes…mercedes iz stoopid. audi iz da bestest carz in da worldz!!!11!!!! that mercedes could beat my audi R8…I have two audi r8s and there waaaaaayyyyy cooler than that car.”


  44. 44. 6th March, 2008 at 02:59 by Elmer Fudd

    is it a requirement that you lack spelling or grammar to comment on this site?

  45. 45. 6th March, 2008 at 08:15 by Daffy Duck

    You should started your sentence with a capital I.

  46. 46. 7th March, 2008 at 00:22 by vonz

    looks like a decent photoshop of another model … but definitely sweet

  47. 47. 7th March, 2008 at 01:04 by solo

    this could beat the R8 but who know this could just be any other car, i like Mercedes i have one but this just isn’t a good design its aero-dynamics could be better than the R8 but we will all know when it comes out

  48. 48. 22nd March, 2008 at 21:04 by anna

    this is the buisnessssss, it will be very succesful in the market..

  49. 49. 23rd March, 2008 at 03:12 by sasha

    its a nice car. But personally i would not buy it myself. Mercedes are not very good cars personally from my experience. And way too expensive… eww!!

  50. 50. 6th April, 2008 at 08:26 by mpm

    I’m not going to say that this car design is ugly because it has the exact same shape as an infinity G coupe and I think that they’re sexy but supercar? I think not! Anyways all of this talk about copying, well who doesn’t copy. All supercars have the same features, don’t they? Well, all but porsche and lambo do. If you want exotic go lambo if you want practical screw mercedes go BMW

  51. 51. 23rd April, 2008 at 09:11 by isak

    i like thi car
    it is beautiful

  52. 52. 30th April, 2008 at 06:23 by Nitin

    Common man y compete R8, y not Veyron.

  53. 53. 5th May, 2008 at 22:51 by FonzoB5S4

    What engine is this thing gonna rock? Are they gonna go na and use the 6.2L in all the new amg’s or the v12 bi-turbo…..maybe the na v12? anyway they do it i really doubt it’s gonna lose to the R8.

  54. 54. 24th May, 2008 at 17:31 by Lablo

    um ok if any of you idiots realized the body is the exacts same as the r8 except the front

  55. 55. 4th June, 2008 at 22:22 by rlk

    To the idiot “Me” that works at MB, remember the Audi R8 was first, so YOU are just following. And Audi will launch in 2009 (if you people at SMART haven’t heard), a V10 5.2L killing machine that will wipe your SMART MB off the track. If it wasnt’ for your cheap Ventos, and other poor excuses of cars to increase your volume numbers, Audi would be already be killing you in Europe. Oh yea, they already are. Check your sales numbers in GB for example, and go drive your SMART or your Chrysler.

  56. 56. 15th June, 2008 at 21:07 by besim kuqi


  57. 57. 19th June, 2008 at 12:12 by charlie

    aston martin are the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. 58. 10th July, 2008 at 00:13 by terek

    wow!!it wud beat the r8 and any other car that wud com in its way !MB4EVER

  59. 59. 12th July, 2008 at 11:43 by dhaval

    if this car were to be released…im pretty sure it wud devour audi R8’s for breakfast…

  60. 60. 21st July, 2008 at 02:01 by james wilson

    this car looks too much like a lambo

  61. 61. 22nd July, 2008 at 18:33 by yep

    A lot of your comments are funny because you obviously do not know much about who manufactures which cars. VW owns Audi and Lamborghini, a R8 is a Gallardo with an Audi design

  62. 62. 15th August, 2008 at 03:03 by Gear

    Looks fake, especially the lights.

  63. 63. 15th August, 2008 at 07:41 by Warren M

    Perhaps that’s because it is?

  64. 64. 27th August, 2008 at 21:22 by Me

    This car looks like it’s trying too hard to be something it’s not. I love the R8 and I would not want this car compared to the Audi. It looks kinda goofy anyway and I think the Audi R8 would kick this Mercedes in the ass dude!

  65. 65. 28th September, 2008 at 19:41 by hassan

    this is a beautiful car ,

    however i got doubts with it competeing with an r8

  66. 66. 6th November, 2008 at 06:36 by alex

    this car compared to the Audi R8 i don’t denk so er is whan car ho gane bitt the tho cars buggati Veyron

  67. 67. 5th December, 2008 at 16:13 by jack

    I thnk its a bit to much O.T.T

  68. 68. 5th December, 2008 at 16:13 by jack

    I thnk its a bit to much O.T.T

  69. 69. 5th December, 2008 at 16:15 by LYNCH

    That car alright but the R8 bullys it.

  70. 70. 13th December, 2008 at 18:52 by Carlos

    Uhmm , the car looks allright, but the R8 its way better then this one
    cuz i love the R8

  71. 71. 14th December, 2008 at 19:39 by Sonny

    Its all good and well showing this off..but there trying to compare it to a Audi R8 for god sake. Go figure.

  72. 72. 19th December, 2008 at 06:39 by prasanthsivan

    it is very cute,and sexy.

  73. 73. 23rd December, 2008 at 16:45 by duval

    audi r8, start lookin 4 a place to hide…….the merc’s on its way

  74. 74. 23rd December, 2008 at 17:11 by TurkMAN94

    so quik to judge bro, you have no proof, no specs, if all mercedes needs to do is have higher specs than the audi, im sure it will beat it, but audi R8 is a great car, but remember the mercedes has been in the supercar world before and audi just came out with their first so it could potentially be anyones game bro.

  75. 75. 14th January, 2009 at 04:07 by John

    im sorry but mercedes are just not good looking cars. this car is really sad… sorry i didnt mean sad, i meant BAD. no car will beat the audi r8!

  76. 76. 24th March, 2009 at 20:13 by ronaldo

    this car will beat audi r8

  77. 77. 27th March, 2009 at 16:36 by princess

    i have this car n its mint i love it !!!! xxx

  78. 78. 13th May, 2009 at 15:17 by tanel

    s class mercedes best car

  79. 79. 30th May, 2009 at 15:40 by spenc s

    my e class 300 is fast enough but this would tear a ferrari to bits!
    i would definetly get one

  80. 80. 30th May, 2009 at 15:44 by grindy

    A lambroghini caught wiv its trousers down!

  81. 81. 30th May, 2009 at 15:46 by MR MAN

    BMW need to catch up, this car will beat a r8 anyday!

  82. 82. 30th May, 2009 at 15:49 by tizer

    i disagree with john, mercs are the finest thing since sliced bread!
    audi r8 is just a amateur because audi are only famous for tts
    merc are famous for every car!

  83. 83. 30th May, 2009 at 15:53 by spenc s

    audi looking for a place to hide?
    it should commit suicide or scrap its self when the merc comes to play!

  84. 84. 30th May, 2009 at 15:55 by toby


  85. 85. 2nd June, 2009 at 06:53 by Robert Elliot

    Audis are only famous for TTs? So, they’re not famous for revolutionizing the world of rallying with the Quattro? How about the Pikes Peak cars, too? Before Audi came along, rallying was all about Opel Mantas and Mk2 Escorts. You obviously don’t know your Audi history. Also, have you seen what Audi has done at Le Mans?

    And if you want to go back to road cars: The A8 & S8 are sweet cars, so is the S3, RS4, RS6 and of course – the R8. All cool cars.

    So, no, they’re not just famous for the TT.

  86. 86. 2nd June, 2009 at 11:10 by Peter Macormick

    The SIX comments before the last one were all left by the same person. Sad bastard.

  87. 87. 4th June, 2009 at 06:56 by fajar

    i know merc can beat the r8,,n i hope merc built it with slr’s engine,,

  88. 88. 14th June, 2009 at 15:54 by Habib

    Hmm. I have a Audi R8, but it is not that good as some of mine mercedes is. Mercedes-Benz is the best car ever!

  89. 89. 14th June, 2009 at 16:11 by John Bryans Fontaine

    If Mercedes doesn’t change the appearence of this car ( except maybe less way-out headlights ), it will be a success.

  90. 90. 11th October, 2009 at 09:40 by Aston Hammond

    Mercedes should no just make these cars except for the s-class but should also built like taking Blenin Palace and put some wheels on it.

  91. 91. 10th December, 2009 at 10:44 by krste


  92. 92. 17th January, 2010 at 10:23 by Teophil

    This is a nice look. It will defenetely beat the R8, because it is a Mercedes. I’d buy it if i had the money. But i wouldnt race it.

  93. 93. 8th April, 2010 at 01:36 by Fati Musliu

    MERCEDES the best of noo think MERCEDES ITS NR. 1 i love this car

  94. 94. 7th June, 2010 at 08:42 by zaki

    hey guys, i think this one would sure beat the R8. but i would prefer mercedes to build a car that can beat Bugatti Veyron, that would be awesome!

    TC peace

  95. 95. 14th July, 2010 at 23:25 by Guy

    My dad have an R8 and i dont think this would beat the R8, especially in styling. And i bet this would be like twice expensive than the R8.

  96. 96. 23rd September, 2010 at 14:24 by Bmakcro

    So… After so many years, Benz actually did release an “r-8 killer” and this report was correct after all — it was to be built by AMG.

    The AMG SLS!


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