German automaker Weismann, known for those quirky, retro-styled roadsters, could be returning from the grave after a spokesman for the company confirmed to Autobomilwoche that British-based Indian investors Roheen and Sahir Berry have ponied up to acquire the rights to the business. Part of the acquisition includes the company name and the company’s “gecko” logo.
The same spokesman also said that the new owners plan to restart production of Weismann’s fleet of models as early as 2016 at the company’s headquarters in Dolmen, Germany. There’s also been discussion by the company’s brass on the possibility of building right-hand drive models to complement the traditional left-hand drive versions. The rationale behind this appears to be the owners’ intention to bring Weismann to its home country of India where sports cars are slowly beginning to gain traction in that particular market. That’s a big reason why the new owners are also considering to slash the prices of the cars. Instead of the entry-level model fetching as much as $175,000, the new objective appears to involve dropping that entry-level price tag closer to the $100,000 range. Finally, a few modifications in the cars could also be in the pipeline as the company attempts to modernize its offerings to cater to the younger automotive markets.
The latest twist in the saga of Weismann’s life could finally bring the company back from the ground. Remember, the company went out of business in 2014 and its owners have spent that time searching for new investors. Now it appears it has a pair of brothers that are determined to reinvent the brand according to their vision. All that’s left to officially finalize the deal is to get the approval from creditors. That could happen as soon as December 2015 when creditors and an administrator overseeing the bankruptcy sale meet to determine whether to give the thumbs up on the acquisition.
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All this bankruptcy talk has left a bitter taste in our mouths. Fortunately, one of the companies that filed insolvency proceedings earlier this year has managed to get itself back in order.
Wiesmann took the step of filing bankruptcy back in August. Anytime something like this happens, the first thought immediately goes to the future of the company, or whatever future it has left.
But after a few months of being relatively quiet, Wiesmann has announced that it has filed an application to dismiss its bankruptcy filing, putting an end to what would’ve been a pretty sad end to the German specialty marque.
The company’s management has scheduled a meeting with creditors on December 16 to talk about the company’s future, something we hope is a lot brighter now than it was back in August.
Hopefully, more news of this sort comes out of all those other troubled brands. At least Wiesmann was able to get its act together; here’s to all the others following suit.
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In an obviously disappointing turn of events, Wiesmann, the manufacturer of those highly attractive MS5 Roadsters, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy.
The filing, which was made in the Münster District Court in Germany, didn’t specify the type of financial straits the company is under but the fact that the courts not only found Wiesmann insolvent, but it was also compelled to appoint one Dr. Norbert Küpper as Wiesmann’s preliminary insolvency administrator. These two things definitely casts a pall of gloom on the future of the 20-year old company.
It’s a huge shame that it’s come to this for Wiesmann. Sure, it never established the kind of traction it would’ve hoped with its retro-futuristic models, but the ones that it built, specifically the pocket rocket that was the GT MF5, definitely deserved a whole lot more love than it received.
We’re really hoping that this whole situation is ironed out and Wiesmann isn’t forced to fade into the sunset. But that’s the harsh reality of doing business in an insanely competitive industry. If you don’t have the proverbial horses to keep up, you’re going to be left behind in the cold.
And in Wiesmann’s case, it might end up costing the company its very existence.
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Many of you likely have no clue what or who Wiesmann is and to be honest, we had to look them up too. Hailing from Germany and known for putting out some of the most unique-looking and rare supercars on the planet Earth, Wiesmann is obviously not a manufacturer to be taken lightly. And when it is set to debut a new model, we had all better take notice.
Wiesmann’s newest addition to its lineup will be the GT MF4-CS, which made its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. According to the Germany-based automaker automaker, the new GT MF-4 CS combines "measurable performance-oriented motorsport on the one hand and a car that can also be driven on public roads on the other hand." If the name looks familiar to you Wiesmann enthusiasts, it should, as it released the GT MF4-S back in 2009 and this is the club sport variant of said model, hence the “CS.”
The GT MF4-CS will be limited to only 25 units, so get your checkbooks ready! To get it you will have to pay a total of 193,193.28€- or about $250,000 at the current exchange rates.
Updated 03/06/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Wiesmann GT MF4-CS.
Debuting at the turn of 2011, the Wiesmann Spyder Concept promised to be the most extreme Wiesmann offered to date, despite its long life of 18 years. At the time of the unveiling, Wiesmann was predicted to be pushing the Spyder Concept towards the production line, but since then the economic meltdown in the Eurozone subsequently put all those plans on the backburner.
Originally created as a design study upon the request of many loyal Wiesmann customers, the Spyder Concept debuted with a 4.0-liter BMW-sourced V8 engine producing 420 horsepower. When combined with a total weight of under 2,200 pounds, the Spyder Concept promised to hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds before topping out at a top speed of 180 mph.
However, despite the strong interest in the car, Wiesmann has yet to confirm or deny if the Spyder Concept will ever reach the production line, but in saying that, the firm has also yet to rule out any possible favorable decision for the future.
The biggest hurdle facing the small company is the simple fact that production of the Wiesmann Roadster MF3, for which the Spyder Concept is based upon, recently ended after 18 years and it’s likely that the firm would prioritize developing a successor to the MF3 over any possible swan-song, final edition of the sports car.
Nevertheless, we’re still holding out hope that the Spyder Concept may see the production green light in the coming months, but in saying that, we’re doubtful.
Let us know in the comments section below if you think the Spyder Concept should go into production!
The Wiesmann Roadster has had a good run, that much we can be sure of, but just like Atari and SpongeBites, all good things must come to an end. So 18 years after we first saw the Roadster MF3], the German sportscar is being prepared for its swan song with a collection of special edition models that Wiesmann is building in collaboration with luxury brand, Sieger.
To commemorate its 18-year run that began in 1993, the German automaker will be rolling out 18 unique models of the MF3, with each model carrying their own special color schemes, to go with fancy-pants nicknames that include Panther, Ivory, Swiss Blue, and Mountain Mobile. One of the special edition models was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, giving the attending crowd the first look at the last set of MF3 Roadsters to carry the Wiesmann badge.
The MF3 Roadster Final Edition is powered by a 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 338 horsepower - an increase of 13 horsepower from the standard model - and 269 lb/ft of torque. The car is mated to a number of gearbox options, including a five- or six-speed manual as well as an optional six-speed SMG transmission. All told, the MF3 Roadster Final Edition can clock in a 0-62 mph time of 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 158 mph.
UPDATE 03/07/2012: Weismann’s Final Edition MF3 Roadster, specifically the Scuba Mobil version, made its way over to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in all of its psychedelic glory! Check out the images of this colorful ride in the picture gallery!
We know that this really isn’t so much of a race as it is a clear show of superiority for the out-of-this world Ariel Atom V8, but it’s still pretty cool to see how a car like the Wiesmann MF3 Roadster can hold up against the mighty Atom, even if it’s relative to the number of car-lengths the latter can have over the former.
This video shows us exactly how powerful the Atom V8 really is. Make no mistake, the MF3 Roadster is far from a lightweight considering that it’s powered by a 3.2.-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 343 horsepower and 269 lb/ft of torque. But when you put those numbers up against the Atom V8 and its 3.0-liter V8 engine that chalks up 500 horsepower, it’s about as competitive as LeBron James participating in a dunk contest against Verne Troyer.
That’s not to say that this video isn’t entertaining. After all, it’s always fun to see the Ariel Atom V8 lay the smack down on any car that tries to cross its path.
If you’ve never heard of German tuning company, SchwabenFolia, then you’re not alone. Having said that, they sure did a heck of a job introducing themselves to the tuning world with a unique program for the Wiesmann MF5 V10.
The exterior work done on the car underscores the name it was given - Black Bat. It is highlighted by a matte black finish with foil covers on the door panels, inner hood, engine room, and trunk. The stealthy finish on the exterior of the MF5 V10 is further complimented by a new set of 20" forged wheels painted in black wrapped in high performance tires with 6-piston calipers and discs on the front and 4-piston calipers and discs on the rear from Brembo.
As for the engine, SchwabenFolia managed to tweak the MF5 V10’s already powerful BMW-sourced 5.0-liter V10 engine, thanks to a new dual exhaust stainless steel sports exhaust system, a 3-way catalytic converter, and a reconstructed air filtration system. The result is a performance boost that saw the output of the sports car rise from 560 horsepower all the way up to 600 horsepower with a 0-62 mph time of just 3.5 seconds and an increased top speed of 201 mph.
Very impressive work, SchwabenFolia!
Wiesmann, a small German manufacturer who started their career making hardtops for convertibles, has revealed the new Spyder Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The new concept is a two-seater, extremely purist, convertible sports car that will make it to production, but not before 2012. We are not sure just yet if the production version will also be offered with no doors and windscreen. The company described the Spyder as the most extreme Wiesmann ever built.
The new Spyder concept weighs only 1000 kilos and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4 seconds, while top speed goes up to 180 mph. The Wiesmann Spyder design study is based on the Wiesmann brothers’ early designs, though it also incorporates their many years of experience in sports car construction. It demonstrates the sports car manufacturer’s receptiveness to trends because many Wiesmann fans have approached the company founders in recent years with requests for an extremely purist model.
UPDATE 03/01/2011: Check out the new images of the Weismann Spyder Concept in the gallery provided!
The biggest international auto show of the 2011 calendar year is getting closer and closer to opening its doors when the event kicks off on March 1st, 2011. Unlike recently concluded auto shows we’ve had since the calendar turned to 2011, the Geneva Motor Show is always the one that gets our juices flowing. Not that those other events weren’t any good, but Geneva brings out all the goods. All the big boys come out to play at this event, so much so that making this preview took more days than we expected because everyday, a new model was being announced as attending the event.
Now that the Geneva Motor Show is less than two weeks away, we feel like it’s time to give you a sneak peek on what cars to expect at the event. A lot of brands that routinely skip other auto shows will all be in attendance at the Geneva Motor Show, proving that without a shadow of a doubt, this Swiss spectacle is one of the most important - if not the most important - events in the automotive calendar.
Hit the jump to check out just who will be in attendance when the show opens its doors on March 1st, 2011.
Wiesmann’s MF5 GT replacement has already been caught testing at Nurburgring, and since that secret has become known, the company figured they might as well offer up some official details on some of the other future models.
In an official press release, Wiesmann confirmed that the next MF4, both GT and Roadster, would be offered with a BMW sourced 4.4 liter V8 twin turbo direct injection petrol engine that will deliver 407 HP at 5,500 to 6,400 rpm. With this new engine, borrowed from the X6 and the X5 M sports SUV, the MF4 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and will hit a top speed of 180 mph.
The MF5 will get the same 4.4 liter V8 twin turbo engine with 555 HP at 5,750 to 6,750 rpm. The sports car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, and will hit a top speed of 193.2 mph. The new engines make the MF5 model series the most powerful Wiesmann car of all time.
Press release after the jump.
With the BMW M5 being booted, it seems Wiesmann had no choice but to start shopping around for a new engine to put into their replacement for the MF5 GT. Fortunately, they didn’t have to look far as the replacement engine - BMW’s V8 Twin Turbo - is all set and ready to plop into the German roadster. Evidence of this was already caught as the replacement MF5 GT was making its way around Nurburgring. Thank goodness for those wonderful spy photographers!
While the old MF5 GT was powered by the same engine as the BMW M5, the prototype caught testing is powered by BMW’s V8 Twin Turbo, the same engine used in the X6 and the X5 M sports SUV. The result of using this engine will be a weight reduction of about 100 kilos compared to the current MF5 model allowing its top speed to reach 200mh.
In regards to design, the prototype may seem like it features the same style as the model it replaces, but a closer look will reveal larger, wider wheels - 325x25x20 on the rear and 285x30x20 on the front - wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports.
We expect the final car to have a few exterior modifications as well as a more luxurious interior when it finally gets released to the public. This debut should come a little after the debut of BMW’s new M5 set to be brought out at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.