The first version of the retro German sportscar was the MF3, the six-cylinder model that is now being discontinued in favor of bigger engines after nearly two decades of service. But before bidding goodbye to the car that put it on the map, Wiesmann has teamed up with luxury brand Sieger to send it off with a special run of eighteen unique models.
Each of the blogger's dozen (yeah, we just made up that term) gets a completely unique color scheme both inside and out, and only one of each will be made, bearing names like Panther, Rocket and Chocolat.
One will be displayed at the rapidly approaching Frankfurt show, and we'll have more for you then, but in the meantime you can delve into the press release after the jump for more details and check out the full spectrum by clicking the quartet above.
Wiesmann Roadster MF3 final edition by SIEGER
18 years after the first Wiesmann Roadster MF3 wowed the automotive world, an era is now drawing to an end. The last models with the high-torque in-line 6-cylinder engines are currently under production at our sports car plant in Dülmen. We have developed a special highlight to accompany the last Wiesmann MF3 Roadster – working with SIEGER, we will create 18 spectacular cars whose style and individual personalities are so memorable that we will always have something to smile about when we think back to the MF3 era.
The Wiesmann Roadster MF3: 18 years of history
The sports car world was electrified when the Wiesmann Roadster MF3 made its debut in 1993 after five years of development. Freed of every single superfluous detail, it brought the essence of classic sports car design back to the road. The Roadster MF3's looks, structure and style all paid homage to one clear concept: driving pleasure at its very purest. And it all paid off. For 18 years, we have produced the Roadster MF3 without making more than a mere handful of changes. Its lightweight body houses a high-torque in-line 6-cylinder engine (252 kW / 343 HP), the source of the Wiesmann Roadster MF3's tremendous power, its unique dynamic qualities and its sensational drive. No other model has made such a lasting impression on the Wiesmann brand, and the Roadster MF3 is the car that has formed the cornerstone of our company's success. Continuous technological refinement has turned the sports car into what it is today: a prize-winning example of real automotive art.
Saving the best for last
Winding up production of the high-torque, in-line 6-cylinder model inspired Wiesmann to do something special. Something that only Wiesmann is capable of. Something nobody in the sports car world has ever seen before. As managing director Friedhelm Wiesmann put it, "Our basic idea was to create an amazing design that would make the last cars even more desirable and valuable."
It didn't take long for the Dülmen plant to find the ideal partners for this undertaking. Using the notion of "classic with a twist" as a starting point, SIEGER took the Wiesmann Roadster and created cars whose breathtaking design is bound to capture the imagination of sports car lovers the world over. 18 years, 18 models, 18 personalities, 18 stylish statements. Bearing names such as Panther, Rocket and Chocolat, these special-edition models epitomise the purest of sports car design. Managing director Friedhelm Wiesmann: "SIEGER is known the world over as a premium brand, and its designs have earned it international attention and admiration. It is the ideal company to match our ambition to combine beauty and technical perfection as one." SIEGER's special colour palette and taste for the exceptional mean that it does much more than just make products: SIEGER's creations are designer objects that fulfil a practical end. Which is what makes it the perfect partner for Wiesmann.
The joint project
The parallels between the two companies are striking. The two managers are brothers. Both brands are at home in the Münsterland region. Both companies create beautiful, stylish luxury products. Wiesmann and SIEGER are, in short, made for each other. The final 18 cars show both companies' talents at their best. Wiesmann contributes the experience it has gathered during its 18 years and more of sports car construction – flawless technical solutions and perfection down to the very last detail, all the result of painstaking labour dedicated to creating a sensational driving experience. To this, SIEGER brings is unique colour concepts so that every model acquires a personality of its own and becomes a true individual. Michael Sieger says, "The Wiesmann Roadster MF3 final edition is an unparalleled project in automotive history." A creative idea has given rise to a compelling concept, one that is unique in each and every detail.
A totally new colour concept
The 18 special-edition cars all differ from each other while retaining an unmistakable similarity. The flowing lines of their revamped exterior design harks back to the style of the classic roadster. The stripes leading from the radiator grille to the tail of the vehicle and the harmonious paintwork on the car's flanks use colour as a visual expression of the power of the Wiesmann Roadster MF3. This leitmotif reappears on the inside too. The doors, seats and steering wheel have been completely redesigned for the final edition, while special tyre rims and door sills are yet more details that illustrate the cars' exclusive appeal. The final edition will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show from 13-25 September 2011. With its 18 different designs with extra-special flourishes, the reimagined in-line 6-cylinder Wiesmann Roadster MF3 is available as of now.
The final edition of the Wiesmann Roadster MF3 will be present at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show from 13-25 September, on display at stand B26 in hall 5. The Wiesmann stand will cover 340 m2 and display a host of information about the company's plant and range of products. Two years ago, Wiesmann was one of the stars of the Frankfurt Motor Show, scoring a hit with the spectators when it built a sports car live, in front of their eyes, at the trade fair. This year's special feature will be the final edition of the Wiesmann classic.
Detailed information about the models, the Wiesmann plant and our partners in Germany and abroad is available at www.wiesmann.com. If you would like to learn more about the final edition, take a look at www.wiesmann.com/finaledition.
Wiesmann is the leading manufactory of purist sports cars, combining classic design with state-of-the-art technology. Since its foundation by Friedhelm and Martin Wiesmann in 1988, Wiesmann stands for the manufacturing of individual sports cars whose every detail is crafted by hand. The premium features are designed according to the customers' personal preferences, so every Wiesmann is a truly unique car and one that creates an exclusive driving experience for the individual unlike no other.
The SIEGER brand is characterised by a love of aesthetics and the extraordinary. In 2005, the label was launched by the brothers Christian and Michael Sieger – one marketing director, the other designer. Their menswear, tableware products and furniture are signified by a contemporary and valuable design which promises to provide top quality at the same time. All designs are developed in the Münsterland region, at Harkotten Castle, a place of inspiration and a cultural foundation for cultivating the brand as a whole. Four core values constitute the company's philosophy: luxury, quality, culture and style. In order to do justice to its uncompromising belief in aesthetics, functionality and impeccable workmanship,SIEGER works together with manufacturers that make use of traditional, artisan methods.The ready-to-wear clothing is precision-made in Germany whilst the accessories are
crafted either in Germany or by Italian-based artisans.