Wiesmann MF5 Roadster

Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann told us some more exciting news during our tour of their new production facility today. They will show their new Wiesmann MF4 and MF5 roadsters at the 2009 Geneva Auto Salon.

The Wiesmann MF4 Roadster will run on the same 4.8 liter V8 from BMW that can also be found in the MF4 GT, good for 367 hp and a topspeed of 290 km/h. It’s big brother, the Wiesmann MF5 Roadster, will run on the famous BMW 5.0 liter V10 engine that made it’s name already in the M5, M6 and Wiesmann GT MF5. This is the ultimate engine for the top end roadster in the Wiesmann range. The 507 hp strong V10 is capable of pushing the Wiesmann GT from zero to 100 in 3,9 seconds and keeps going until reaching the topspeed of 310 km/h.

The introduction of the MF4 and MF5 Roadster doesn’t mean the production of the popular MF3 Roadster will be stopped. According to Martin Wiesmann the MF3 will stay in production next to the new roadsters. Wiesmann also announced the introduction of a driverairbag at the GT models and a number of modifications to the MF3.

Bad news for all the Wiesmann fans in the United States: due to the high costs involved with getting the Wiesmann’s tested, modified and accepted for the American roads and the high exchange rate, an introduction in the United States is not likely to happen on the short term. But Wiesmann will keep exploring the options for a possible introduction of one or more of their models on the US market that could boost their production to as much as 500 cars a year.

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