Niche German sports car maker Wiesmann will use BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine to power its MF4 and MF5 models.
The firm had previously relied on BMW’s 5.0-litre V10 unit from the M5 and M6 models, but was left without an engine for its two flagship models when BMW axed that engine in favour of the smaller turbocharged powerplant first seen in the X5 M and X6 M models.
The MF4 will get a 402bhp version of the engine; it will be capable of getting from 0-60mph in 4.6sec and reaching a top speed of 180mph. Te new engine allows the MF4 to have lower Co2 emissions and be more economical than its predecessor, too.
The MF5, spied here testing its new powerplant at the Nurburgring, will be more powerful, running a 547bhp version of the twin-turbo V8, the same power output of the X5 and X6 M models.
It will be capable of getting from 0-60mph in just 3.9 sec and will go on to reach a top speed of 193mph, making it the fastest, most powerful Wiesmann of all time.
The entry-level Wiesmann MF3 keeps its six-cylinder 3.2-litre BMW engine, although changes have been made to make it EuroV emission regulations compliant.