• Aug 17, 2010
Wiesmann MF5 Roadster – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's not easy to build a car without an engine. Shocking news, we know, but it has major ramifications for small boutique automakers that don't have the resources to design and manufacture powerplants of their own. One such company is Wiesmann, which has historically relied on engines from German automaker BMW.

As you may know, Wiesmann's top-level MF5 borrows the same V10 engine that BMW uses in its M5 and M6. As good a choice as any other, no? Problem is, those models are currently being phased out and production has just come to an end... and that includes those V10 engines we were just talking about.

And without an engine... well, you know the rest. It's not entirely clear what Wiesmann is going to do moving forward – and our trusty Google Translator is having a hard time deciphering exactly what our German source is trying to say – but it seems the specialty car company may either cancel its MF5 entirely or attempt to switch over to BMW's new twin-turbo V8. We'll see.

*Update: Wiesmann reports back the following: Yes we stop producing the MF5 with the V10 engine but we will not stop the MF5 model. We are currently in discussion which engine we will take. It will surely be BMW but the details have not been decided yet.



[Source: Focus.de]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It says they'll build 8 more, which will give the total run of the MF5 100 cars.

      It doesn't say anything regarding the future other than stating BMW's shift to turbo'd V8s
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's alright. this car is too ugly to be put into production. tarantula-looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, if they need a v10 Toyota would probably welcome the business. Otherwise drop in a ZR-1 motor and call it a day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        An LS9 engine would be to heavy for that car, a Ford sourced supercharged 5.0 or a 5.4 would work better here i think.

        Of course, they could always just go to Mercedes and say "I can has V12?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota has a 5.0L V10 that could fit,... especially given the low volumes required here
      • 4 Years Ago
      None of the German sources (Autohaus online, Automobilwoche, Focus, etc.) say anything about the succeeding engines. "Multiple units are open for discussion" says Wiesmann spokesman Frank Schuetz. But I think they will stick to German engines and BMW in special, so it will be a downsized M5/M6 mill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not use the Ford 5.0? American power on a German chassis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why switching to a japanese engine if they can have many different more powerfull n/a V10 from a other German car maker? You need to be a JDM fanboy to get such ideas!!!

      Audi produce all V10 engines build in the Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Gallardo in their engine plant in Gyor.. the engine from the LP570(570hp/540Nm) has more hp and much more torque than the LF-A engine(560hp/480Nm)... or they could use the 560hp /540Nm V10 from the Audi R8 GT same hp than the Lexus LF-A but more torque... or the firebreathing V10 twinturbo from the Audi RS6 with 580hp and 640Nm ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think they gonna go for anything not german. There's "Made in Germany" writen all over their website. The Focus article doesn't say anything about the future engine of the MF5, but that this wiesmann model will phase out like bmw's V10.

      It's most likely they'll come up with a new model (MF6?) using the new bmw V8s.

      Anyway, one of these has a place in my dream garage... imho the best retro-styled car which actually delivers decent technology.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the technology on these things is more than just decent. it's all the best bits from the BMW M cars on a much lighter, more focused chassis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, I've seen some on the road... they also sound nice! One regulary parks around the corner, it's an mf3 and I would surely trade my alfa and my mother-in-law for it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know the name of the wheels this is wearing? I love these, and I'd definitely consider these for my next ride. I've also seen these being worn by the WIP 2011/12 BMW M5 in spy shots.

      If anyone can offer any help that'd be great!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lamborghini/Audi V10?
      VAG V10 TDI?
      • 4 Years Ago
      760li motor?!?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Twin turbo V-8 anyone?
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