Project Gecko is a go!
Ever since we heard that German roadster car brand Wiesmann was being revived, we've been excited to see what would transpire. Weismann's first roadster debuted in 1993, but the carmaker filed for insolvency in August 2013 before it could begin exporting to the US. Wiesmann is set to relaunch in 2020, and Project Gecko is the working title for the Wiesmann MF6, the successor to its MF5 model that was powered by the S85 V10 from the E60 chassis code BMW M5. The MF6 name is not set in stone, but we assume that Weismann will continue its naming convention.
Weismann has traditionally used BMW engines, so it's not a big surprise that our spy photographers caught the MF6 leaving a BMW facility. It's been confirmed that the MF6 will use the BMW M division's 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that's capable of delivering 600 horsepower and also found in the new M5. That will be connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, probably from ZF, and, according to Weismann, should propel the MF6 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 199 mph. While it looks like the MF5, the MF6 is on a whole new platform.
According to reports, the new platform is a lightweight front mid-engined affair with an integrated tubular safety cell and a 50-50 weight balance. Matched with that technical marvel of an engine making immense power, the MF6 should be one hell of a sports car once it has been fine-tuned.
It's also been reported that Wiesmann's new generations will be offered in both left and right-hand drive, opening them to global markets. Whether it will come to the US remains to be seen, but we have our fingers firmly crossed as it should be a larger market for Weismann, and one they have wanted to tap before.