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There are automakers and then there are automakers. There are the Chevrolets and Toyotas of the world that offer huge model ranges and sell thousands upon thousands of vehicles each year and then there are specialty boutique brands.
German niche sports car maker Wiesmann’s doors are closed.
German automaker Wiesmann has filed for insolvency and is currently seeking strategic partners and investors.
As if Wiesmann’s MF5 wasn’t rare enough with just 30 vehicles ever made, tuning firm SchwabenFolia decided to one-up the MF5 by creating a totally menacing Black Bat version. Wrapped completely in matte black, the MF5 Black Bat also features 20-inch BBS wheels, chromed emblems, Brembo brakes and some styling accessories.
Powered by a BMW M5 V10 powerplant, SchwabenFolia wasn’t content with the stock output of 507-hp from the Wiesmann MF5. They went straight to work with an ECU reflash, intake and exhaust. The result is 600-hp, 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed just shy of 200-mph.
All-in-all, we’re pretty impressed with how great the MF5 looks in matte black, one of the few cars that completely transforms with just a color change.
GALLERY: SchwabenFolia Wiesmann MF5 Black Bat
Wiesmann will be bringing four new models to the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, all packing more punch than its previous renditions. The GT MF4 Coupe, GT MF5 Coupe, Roadster MF4 and Roadster MF5 will now sport BMW’s 4.4L V8 twin-turbo powerplant underneath the hood.
Previous to this announcements the Wiesmann MF4 and MF5 both used the 4.0-liter V8 from the BMW M3.
Performance will differ between the MF4 and MF5 with the MF4 delivering 407-hp while the MF5 will push out an incredible 555-hp. With the differing horsepower output, the MF4 will hit 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, while the MF5 does it in a blistering 3.9 seconds.
The combination of BMW’s potent twin-turbo V8 powerplant in the MF5 makes it the most powerful vehicle Wiesmann has ever released.
[Source: GT Spirit]
Wiesmann has confirmed that they’ll switch over to BMW’s new 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine on all new models. Weismann previously used an older V8, as well as BMW’s M Division V10 engine.
The new V8 will be shared with the X5M and X6M and help the new Wiesmann MF4 hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. The Weismann MF5 will get a 555 horsepower version of this motor, and reach the same speed in 3.9 seconds. Sadly, none of Wiesmann’s gorgeous creations will be available here.
A day prior to the MF5 Roadster’s unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show, bespoke German automaker Wiesmann has released a single teaser image of the powerful sports car.
Much like the MF5 coupe, the Roadster is powered by the same 5.0-liter V10 engine found under the hood of the BMW M5 and M6. Making 507hp, Wiesmann estimates a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 192 mph.
Other than being a drop-top we don’t expect much else new and the MF5 Roadster promises the same sort of goodies, including air bags, ABS and stability control – which you’re bound to need.
Only 55 versions of the MF5 Roadster will be built at an asking price of 189,500 Euros (roughly $250,000). Wiesmann also offers an MF4 Roadster powered by new M3′s 4.0-liter V8.
We’ll be sure to bring you more info and plenty of images on the MF5 with live coverage from the Frankfurt Auto Show starting September 15th.
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