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Epic Cosworth Showdown: Bugatti Tourbillon Vs. GMA T.50

Despite featuring high-revving naturally-aspirated internal combustion engines, find out why both these supercars are destined for different paths

by Amreetam Basu on July 1, 2024, 07:00

The all-new Bugatti Tourbillon is here as the successor of the iconic Chiron hypercar. This beast of a hypercar, named after the intricate mechanism in mechanical watches, was unveiled in June 2024, and it’s got everyone talking. Why? Well, for starters, it’s Bugatti’s first-ever hybrid! That’s right. This monster combines a massive 8.3-liter naturally aspirated V16 engine developed with Cosworth with three electric motors, and boom: total system output is a whopping 1,775 horsepower!

Interestingly, the Tourbillon isn’t the only supercar to benefit from Cosworth’s engineering prowess. The 2023 T.50 supercar from Gordon Murray Automotive, the spiritual successor to the legendary McLaren F1, also boasts a Cosworth-developed naturally aspirated 3.9-liter V12 that redlines at 12,100 revs. Conceived by Gordon Murray himself, the T.50 is a track-focused machine that prioritizes aerodynamic efficiency and lightweight construction. Its innovative aerodynamic features, such as the fan-assisted ground effects, add exceptional downforce and agility on the race track.

While the Bugatti Tourbillon aims to shatter top speed records with its luxurious cabin and immense power, the T.50 focuses on delivering an unadulterated driving experience on the racetrack. So, how will this brand-new Bugatti compare to Gordon Murray’s iconic creation? Will the Tourbillon’s hybrid power and luxurious interior beat the T.50’s track-focused design and screaming V12? This is going to be one epic showdown.

Key differences: 2026 Bugatti Tourbillon vs. 2023 GMA T.50

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While both the Tourbillon and the T.50 are engineering marvels, they take vastly different approaches to performance and design. The T.50 is all about aerodynamics. It’s got a distinctive fan-assisted ground effects system that sucks the supercar to the road, generating insane amounts of downforce and grip in corners. It also features other active aerodynamic elements like the rear winglets, and spoilers, which constantly adjust to optimize downforce and drag depending on the driving conditions.

While sleek and aerodynamic in its own right, the Tourbillon doesn’t go to the same extreme lengths as the T.50 does. The Bugatti is more focused on brute force and top speed, which need better slipperiness rather than creating downforce. Also, the Tourbillon has a bigger footprint than the T.50 and sits closer to the ground.

Step inside, and the differences are even more apparent. The T.50’s cabin is a minimalist’s dream. It’s stripped out, focused, and features a central seating position for the driver, like a fighter jet. This seating layout might be illegal on American roads, but it gives the driver a better visual connection to the tarmac, like an F1 car, flanked by two more bucket seats, elevating practicality.

The Tourbillon, on the other hand, is pure luxury. It’s all leather wrapped inside, with crystals and aluminum trim, all that gives out a sense of luxury as if you’re inside a grand tourer rather than a 1,775-horsepower hypercar. Its instrument cluster, developed in partnership with Swiss Watchmaker Concepto Watches, is a work of art featuring intricate dials and mechanisms mimicking the movement found in mechanical watches.

2026 Bugatti Tourbillon 2023 GMA T.50
Exterior Features LED lights, 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels, iconic Horseshoe grille, dihedral (butterfly) doors LED lights, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, dihedral doors, carbon fiber body panels
Interior Features Fully analog instrument console with watch-like mechanism, two-spoke steering wheel, crystal glass and aluminum center console, deployable touchscreen, full leather upholstery with power-adjustable seats Center driver seat flanked by two passenger seats, Analog rev counter, 10-speaker audio system, three-spoke carbon fiber steering wheel, carbon fiber seats
Aerodynamic Features Power-adjustable rear wing, carbon fiber diffuser, air ducts under the fenders, vents near the windscreen 15.7-inch ground-effect fan, dual rear spoilers, V-Max Boost Mode with increased RAM intake raises power to 690 hp, carbon fiber diffuser
Chassis Features T800 carbon composite chassis, aluminum multi-link suspension, carbon ceramic brakes with brake-by-wire technology,  Carbon fiber monocoque with F1-style "passenger safety cell", forged aluminum double wishbone suspension, rack-pinion steering with low-speed power assistance, carbon ceramic brakes
Cargo Capacity  TBA 10.2 cu.ft
Price  $4,000,000+  $3,000,000+

Performance: 2026 Bugatti Tourbillon vs. 2022 GMA T.50

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The Bugatti Tourbillon is a hybrid monster, packing a massive 8.3-liter naturally aspirated V16 that screams to 9,500 rpm. Supplementing the V16 are three e-motors: two in the front axle and the other at the rear. The result? A jaw-dropping 1,775 horsepower and 1,691 pound-feet of torque. That power is channeled through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox mounted behind the engine, and a 25 kWh battery pack sits snugly between the seats. This translates to a 0-60 mph in a mere two seconds and a top speed of 276 mph, which is electronically capped, of course.

Now, let’s talk about the GMA T.50. This track-focused beast is powered by a 3.9-liter naturally aspirated V12, but here’s the twist: it’s a flat-plane crank V12, which gives it a unique, high-pitched wail compared to the Tourbillon’s cross-plane crank roar. Despite both engines being developed by Cosworth, the T.50’s V12 produces only 654 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque. However, there’s no automatic gearbox mated to the engine: a lightweight six-speed manual gearbox derived from Xtrac. It sends power only to the rear wheels. That’s it! No hybrid gizmos and powertrain complications.

While the T.50’s 0-60 mph of around 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 226 mph might not match the Tourbillon’s, the T.50 is a different kind of animal. So, which one’s better? Well, in a straight line, Tourbillon’s raw power and hybrid technology are unbeatable. But on a twisty track, the T.50’s lightweight construction, racecar-like dynamics, and that sweet manual gearbox could make it a more enjoyable and ultimately faster car. Ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for: brutal speed and luxury or pure driving bliss and track-focused performance.

2026 Bugatti Tourbillon 2023 GMA T.50
Engine 8.3-liter nat-asp V16 w/ 3 e-motors 3.9-liter nat-asp V12
Horsepower 1,775 hp 654 hp
Torque (lb-ft) 1,691 lb-ft 344 lb-ft
Gearbox 8-speed DCT 6-speed manual
Drive Type AWD RWD
0-60 (mph) 2.0 seconds 2.9 seconds (est.)
Top speed (mph) 276 mph 226 mph
Curb weight (pounds) TBA 2,198 lbs. (dry weight)
Amreetam Basu

Amreetam Basu

An ardent automotive journalist with a fondness for German cars. Deeply immersed in the auto world, I strive to convey the art and science of vehicular marvels to fellow enthusiasts. Read full bio