11 April 2008

Wies guy, eh?

BMW M5's V10 finds a new home in Wiesmann new GT sports car

Wiesmann GT MF5

This is the Wiesmann GT MF5. We presume 'MF' refers to something rather naughty because this car offers insane performance. How does 0-60mph in around 3.9seconds and 193mph flat-out grab you?

The MF5 is the latest Wiesmann - a German-made sports car with Austin Healey-esque styling and BMW engines. Following on from the six-cylinder M3-powered MF3, the MF5 has a whacking-great BMW V10 from the M5 under the bonnet.

Wiesmann has wiesely (sorry) resisted the urge to tune this motor, meaning 507bhp and 383lb/ft of torque. In a car weighing just 1,380kg, no wonder the acceleration is of the eyeball-spinning variety...

Underneath, the Wiesmann's is pretty high-tech. There's an aluminium monocoque chassis, proper energy absorbing crumple zones and ABS and DSC. The M5's seven-speed fancy-pants paddle-shift gearbox is standard.

How much for all this long-bonnet lunacy? Around £150,000.

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