WIESMANN GT MF5
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Inspired by older British cars, the Wiesmann brothers produced cars for petrolheads with deep pockets and a real need for speed attitude backed up by driving skills.
The German car manufacturer was established by two brothers: one engineer and one businessman. They started in 1993 when their first roadster left the workshop. Later on, the small company launched other products in convertible and coupe shapes. But there was one thing that remained constant: the powertrain carried over from BMW, and the MF5 was the most powerful version produced by the small, Dulmen-based enterprise.
Designed as a sporty British coupe from the ’60s, the MF5 was packed with modern technologies. Its rounded shapes of the bodywork and ample front wheel fenders were part of the retro-style design. The round headlights with clear lenses were far better than the ’60s best headlights. As for the bumper, well, there was none. The crash-protective elements were well hidden behind the front fascia. Wiesmann believed that a true, hard-core sportscar had to feature a minimalist design, and that’s how it did it. In the back, the carmaker installed four LED taillights grouped by two. An impressive wing adorned the trunk lid, and it wasn’t there just for the look.
The interior was manually crafted, and there was even an iPhone connection cable in the armrest. There was only a small cluster in front of the driver, where the car showed the gear and a few lights. The speedometer and other gauges found their place on the center stack, tilted toward the steering wheel.
Under the hood, Wiesmann installed a twin-turbo V-8 engine from BMW. It produced 555 hp, which transformed the beautiful and elegant coupe into a rocket since its weight was just 3,241 lbs (1,470 kg).
The German car manufacturer Wiesmann introduced the GT MF5 in 2008 and launched the production in 2009.
While the world financial crisis still affected more potential customers, Wiesmann had to fight harder for any penny. Instead of closing their shop, the two brothers that started the German brand tried a different approach: they launched a new model, the MF5. They offered it in two shapes: a coupe named GT MF5 and a roadster.
The design team took their inspiration from former British sports cars from the ’60s and installed a heart-shaped grille at the front that resembled the Jaguar XK120 with a chromed surrounding and black vertical slats. On the wide fenders, the carmaker placed four round headlamps. There was no visible bumper on the car. That was behind the front apron, which covered all the lower area. At the bottom, it sported two wide grilles to help to cool the massive V-8 installed under the hood. Wiesmann placed a vent on each front fender to extract the hot air from the engine bay. The curved lines of the bodywork and the sloped roofline enhanced the car’s dynamic look, while at the back, a wing ensured a better grip for the wide tires.
Inside, the leather-clad interior spoiled its owner with exclusive materials. Wiesmann installed an LCD in front of the driver, complemented by seven other dials and gauges from the center stack. The high-bolstered bucket seats featured adjustments to fit the occupants in the best possible way.
Under the hood, the carmaker installed a 5.0-liter V-8 carried over from BMW M5 along with the seven-speed automatic gearbox. It sent the power to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential.