Geneva 2011: Wiesmann Spyder proves minimalism isn't always pretty

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We're not going to call it attractive. And it's far from revolutionary. But the Wiesmann Spyder concept ticks off all the right boxes for the minimalist speed freak.

The styling – supposedly cribbed from the Wiesmann brothers' earliest designs – won't stand your hair on end, but everything attached and hidden underneath the blue amorphous bodywork adds up to an uncompromised driving experience.

Wiesmann claims the Spyder comes in under 2,200 pounds and can accelerate to 62 mph in a scant four seconds before topping out at face-melting 180 mph. There's no windscreen, no doors and nothing but a steering wheel-mounted LCD to keep tabs on the 420-horsepower front-midship V8.

Wiesmann is calling this a design study for now, but word is that a production model could go on sale as early as 2012, with yet another BMW powerplant under-hood. Follow the jump for more official details, and examine this thing from every angle in our high-res galleries below.

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Wiesmann showcased the design study of a two-seater, extremely purist, convertible sports car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. More than anything, this car was designed for maximum
driving enjoyment.

Powerful, ultra-light and purist, the Wiesmann Spyder is the essence of Wiesmann's philosophy. With a kerb weight of less than 1000 kg, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h less than 4 s and
makes a top speed of approx. 290 km/h. The two-seater has no doors or windscreen and is the
most extreme Wiesmann ever built.

The Wiesmann Spyder design study is based on the Wiesmann brothers' early designs, though it also incorporates their many years of experience in sports car construction. It demonstrates the sports car manufacturer's receptiveness to trends because many Wiesmann fans have approached the company founders in recent years with requests for an extremely purist model.

Wiesmann has not yet decided whether to put the Spyder into production. If it does go into
production, this won't be before 2012.

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