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by George Skentzos

Adding to the list of obscure and exotic sports cars most thought would never make it to our shores, preparations are well underway to introduce the Wiesmann MF4 and MF5 into Australia and New Zealand.

With the Wiesmann GT MF4 Roadster expected to make its first public appearance at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March, the brand has also announced the addition of an S-spec model to the MF4 line-up.

It’s no coincidence that a gecko represents the Wiesmann trademark, having poured countless hours into engineering a capable and dynamic platform which belies its retro styling.

“The success of our concept is to create a synthesis of nostalgic design and ultramodern technology”, says Mr. Wiesmann.

This has been perfectly complimented by the usage of some of the world’s best engines, with a range of BMW approved powerplants at its fingertips.

Wiesmann set for 2009 Australian debut

The new MF4 GT-S gains the 4.0-litre V8 engine currently employed in the E92 BMW M3 range, which is more than capable of delivering staggering supercar performance in such a competent chassis.

While performance figures have not yet been released, the standard GT MF4 accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds using the previous 270kW V8 engine from BMW, with a top speed nudging almost 300km/h.

Wiesmann set for 2009 Australian debut

The S-spec model also benefits from the choice between a manual transmission or dual clutch gearbox, ensuring the purists and realists are both catered for.

The GT MF5 is the current flagship of the Wiesmann range, boasting a high-revving BMW V10 engine which it shares with the M5 and M6, delivering a staggering 373kW – it completes the sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds from a standstill.

“With the MF5 we are primarily addressing the wishes of many GT enthusiasts who want to express their individuality through even more power and sportiness,” says Friedhelm Wiesmann. Martin displays similar enthusiasm for the new Wiesmann model: “The GT MF5 represents the ideal model with which we round off our range at the top end, and it is certainly the most exciting sports car that Wiesmann has ever presented to the public.”

Overall, every Wiesmann sports car reflects the individual character of its owner, with customers able to individually outfit their own Wiesmann to their exact specification including all available automobile paints from a matte black to a special three-later metallic.

Wiesmann set for 2009 Australian debut

Driver and passenger airbags are now included as standard on all Wiesmann cars, with the final stages of development for right-hand drive models almost complete, bringing the cars one step closer to local sales.

RamSpeed commented that it is well on target to bring the cars into Australia in 2009.




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