Engineering brothers Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann founded the Wiesmann car company in 1988 to construct and sell hand built convertibles that could be customised to requirements. It was a grand idea that ultimately failed in 2014 but was bought out by a new team – hopefully the new range of cars are just as good as the earlier ones.
I first came across these cars at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010 and instantly wanted one – the stance of the car and the feeling of quality throughout has put the Wiesmann MF4 on my list of cars I absolutely have to own.
It took until 1993 for the first car to be sold, a MF30 roadster. These cars utilised BMW’s M54B30 6 cylinder 3.0 engine and corresponding transmission to produce 230bhp and cover the 60mph sprint in 5.9 seconds. The cars were given a gecko logo – the marketing blurb stated that the cars stuck to the road like geckos to a wall!
MF4 / MF4 GT
The MF4 GT was launched shortly thereafter and had the distinction of being the first coupé designed and built by Weismann.
Wiesmann MF4 GT (2007) – Vital Statistics
|Power||270 kW (367 bhp) @ 6300 rpm|
|Torque||490 Nm (361 lb/ft) @ 3400 rpm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)||4.6 seconds|
|Maximum speed||291 km/h (181 mph)|
|Fuel consumption (average)||12.3 l/100km (23.0 mpg)|
|Fuel type, tank capacity||Petrol, 70 litres|
DOHC, Double VANOS,
Variable valve lift,
Aluminium engine block,
Aluminium cylinder head,
Continuously variable length intake manifold
|Cylinders and valves||V8, 32v|
|Transmission||6 speed sports automatic|