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German Sports Car Maker Wiesmann Plotting Big Comeback

The the company will continue to use BMW power.

German sports car maker, Wiesmann, never sold cars in the US, so you may not have noticed that the company declared bankruptcy in 2013. Wiesmann did stage a comeback in 2015, but it was unsuccessful. When Wiesmann was still making cars, it borrowed engines from BMW. Past Wiesmann models used a 3.0-liter M54 inline-six. The MF5, the newest Wiesmann, borrowed the S63 V8 from the F10 M5. Now the company is staging yet another comeback fueled by a new partnership with BMW.

Mario Spitzner, CEO of Wiesmann Sports Cars GmbH, announced a new product development and supply contract with BMW that is past the pre-development phase. “Signing this contract with our preferred partner BMW is a milestone for Wiesmann Sports Cars." said Spitzner. "In the pre-development phase, which has now been concluded, we worked together extremely well and we are delighted to be able to collaborate with our reliable top partner BMW Group." Wiesmann will borrow the 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V8 from the new F90 M5. This engine produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in the current M5.

Wiesmann hasn't announced what its new model will be called, or what changes the company will make to the M5-derived engine. This news comes at a good time as one of Wiesmann's key competitors, TVR, has also announced a big comeback. Now we get to see the German boutique automaker go toe-to-toe with its British rival once again. Expect to see the new Wiesmann model in European markets during the first half of 2018.

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