There’s A New Wiesmann Coming Next Year

Remember Wiesmann? The German niche manufacturer went under a number of years ago. But it’s back, and it’s working on a new sports car.

“Wiesmann is the last thoroughbred European sports car built in Germany and I am very happy to play a part in creating its exciting future,” Wiesmann Managing Director Roheen Berry said in a statement cited by Motor Authority.

Though details are few and far between at this early juncture, the new model is set to debut sometime next year. And it’s reportedly being designed with more global markets in mind. That means both right- and left-hand steering setups – which could be worthwhile for the Japanese market alone – but we don’t know if it’ll be certified for sale and use in the United States.

The bigger question is how closely, if at all, the new model will be based on previous ones. Wiesmann GmbH first emerged in 1988 and started producing its retro-styled sports cars in 1993. Everything it made until its collapse in 2014 was based on that same design, offered as both a coupe and a roadster with various engines sourced from BMW.

The MF5 model (pictured) packed the 5.0-liter V10 from the E60-generation M5 (and E63 M6), sending 547 horsepower (408 kW) and 502 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic for a 3.9-second 0-62-mph (100 k/h) time.

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that gives the new M5 its 591 horsepower (441 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque could be just the ticket. But we’ll have to wait at least a little while longer to find out what the reborn Wiesmann has cooking, what specs it will boast, what form it will take, how much it will cost, and where it will be sold.

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  • fabri99

    It makes me so happy that so many of these niche sportscar makers are coming back. First Spyker working out the whole Saab debacle, then new TVR, now Wiesmann… What’s next, Artega?

    • Mark Hawthorne

      But it was always so terribly styled – a fake Jaguar for those Polo playing central Europeans with fake nobility. I read test reports that said it drive OK, but the styling always made me cringe so hard….it’s so achingly unoriginal.

    • Somehow Spyker hasn’t deliver a car yet, they claimed they had some orders. As a Spyker fan I love them but something is wrong with how they run their business.

      Artega sort of exist tho… first we got that German company that build 1 million Euro electric Artega (What happened to those). And we got Chinese company making Artega badged as Saleen S1, with US sales also impending.

  • Earl Scheib

    Very cool design. I like.

  • Six_Tymes

    I wish them the best of luck, and looking forward to seeing the new designs

  • Great news, always love the Wiesmann, they are quite a technical marvel as well, and the BMW engine is good. The design is divisive but I like it.

    Talk about the RHD, the main investors behind the new Weismann come from UK, I can assume they want the RHD version. They would do well in Asia/Australia/South Africa.

  • Steve Hatton

    That thing looks like someone too a Porsche a jaguar and a TVR and did a cut and shut it looks hideous !

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