The world hasn’t heard much from German sports car maker Wiesmann in a few years. Their MF series of coupes (or roadsters) were famed for shoehorning screaming BMW engines into a compact body and taut chassis, culminating in the S85-powered GT MF5 and a raw ten-cylinder soundtrack.
After a hiatus, the low volume manufacturer had previously teased a comeback, and now the Wiesmann brand has seen fit to reveal a little more about their next-generation car, due to arrive in 2020. It’s still under wraps, as you can see, but ‘Project Gecko’ carries all the same cues we’ve come to expect from them.
A rounded front end, long bonnet, broad shoulders, curvaceous belt line, and a cozy two-seat cockpit slung low to the ground. Hiding under aforementioned bonnet is, as before, an engine sourced from BMW. This time around, though, the Wiesmann gets a turbocharger. Two, in fact.
Specifically, it’s Munich’s 4.4-litre V8, the familiar motor found in such cars as the F10 and G80 M5. We know nothing about its tune, power and torque output, or any performance metrics that could be yielded. However, speculating from the numerous cars in which the same S63 is found isn’t too difficult, especially considering Wiesmann has gotten BMW’s official support as engine supplier.
Drive will be sent rearward via an "8-speed" gearbox that we imagine to only mean ZF’s venerable 8HP automatic. And while it is lamentable that we’ve been robbed of yet another potential manual transmission sports car, it would allow the Project Gecko to have a far broader appeal than any of its predecessors.
Its torque converter transmission might also lend it much more to being a cruiser in a way that its forebears we never capable. However, those thinking that the move portends a slower, less serious sports car only need be reminded of its claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of under “3.5 seconds” and its top speed “over 320km/h”.
Wiesmann will be constructing the Project Gecko by hand in Dülmen, Germany, with almost everything fashioned in-house, from the double monocoque structure to its lightweight aluminium body to the cabin’s bespoke upholstery. Despite the retro styling and BMW engine, a Morgan this is not.