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Retro-styled sports car brand has signed a supply contract with BMW for M-car engines
Jimi Beckwith
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12 October 2017

German retro sports car brand Wiesmann is to return in 2018 with a new model, powered by a BMW M division-sourced V8 engine.

The brand made the announcement on its website, following an announcement earlier this year about the appointment of a new CEO, Mario Spitzner. 

The only details of the new model to be announced relate to the engine, and that it will spawn a relaunched Wiesmann brand, with more than one model in the pipeline. 

Wiesmann also announced that the pre-development phase of the car has been completed. An accompanying video of the brand’s rebirth tells viewers to “expect the unexpected”, while showing glimpses of what could be the first car of the brand’s new era. 

“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 the BMW Group.”

In its previous era, Wiesmann used BMW six-cylinder engines to power its MF models, until the introduction in 2003 of the GT MF4, which used BMW's 4.8-litre V8, and the MF 5, which used the M5's 5.0-litre V10, before the company shut its doors in 2014. The brand’s partnership with BMW began in 1993. 

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12 October 2017

Is it a Jag? Is it a Jensen? Is it a Healey? Is it an AC? Is it a TVR?  Only a mother could love it.

12 October 2017

I'm sure Weismanns will once again be fantasically designed and engineered using proven and well developed BMW parts, but the styling has long been questionable.

As BMW doesn't appear to be interested in builing a MINI sports car, I'm really hoping that Weismann will produce something that looks close to the MINI Superleggera Concept.

12 October 2017

Whilst trying to see if there was fixes for my car which were less than the value of the car, and failing, I stumbled upon faults with the M5's V10 engine.


Two main.   Firstly, injectors would remain open filling the cylinder with fuel.   This most often destroys the engine as you have 9 cylinders working against one.


Second fault was excessive wear on the crank shaft.


I wasn't even looking for the M5 V10 engine problems, just think what you could find if you were really trying?   VW had emissions, BMW just too fragile.


13 October 2017

about BMW engines is very dull. Why don't you take it upwith your dealer?

13 October 2017
johnfaganwilliams wrote:

about BMW engines is very dull. Why don't you take it upwith your dealer?


I'm glad the message is getting through to you.


Dealer?   They and BMW left me high and dry.   Faults that in the USA they would have repaired, but for Europeans it's get stuffed!


12 October 2017

Don your fighter ace goggles and fly. The world would be a poorer place without the great but flawed low volue sportscar manufacturers and therefore it is always great to see a returner. I hope their first model is a little more exciting than the upcoming TVR. 

12 October 2017

Jaguar phoned.

12 October 2017

First TVR are back from the dead and now this... Anything happening over at Bristol?

14 October 2017

Well, the Bristol website is still really poor.

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