Rare Rides: A Forgotten German Coupe by Wiesmann - the 2010 GT MF 4

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a forgotten german coupe by wiesmann the 2010 gt mf 4

Your author first heard about Wiesmann on Top Gear in the early 2000s, while watching Jeremy Clarkson drive what appeared to be a very well-constructed roadster around a track. After that particular episode I never heard of Wiesmann again, and promptly forgot the company existed.

Turns out they made more than a singular roadster. Today we learn about the Wiesmann brand — and this particular 2010 GT MF 4 coupe.

Tracing its origins back to 1988, Wiesmann was established by brothers Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann. The mission of the company was to be a provider of low-volume, hand-built roadsters for the wealthy. After the introduction of its first offering in 1993, the company slowly scaled up production. Wiesmann hit its stride by 2006, when it produced two or three distinct models, including the MF 30 featured on Top Gear.

The MF 30 was the first in the MF series. Bodied in fiberglass, the roadster was powered by a 3-liter BMW inline-six, hit 62 miles an hour in five seconds, and went on to a top speed of 143 miles an hour. The MF 30 was eventually replaced by the MF 3, which looked identical but utilized a larger 3.2-liter BMW engine. While acceleration stayed the same, top speed increased to 158 miles an hour.

Simultaneously, Wiesmann broke its roadster mold and offered today’s Rare Ride — the two-seater MF 4 coupe. Sporting familial styling, the MF 4 was about 400 pounds heavier than the MF 3 (a hefty 3,064 pounds). That meant it needed more power, so the coupe was blessed with a 402-horsepower turbocharged version of the 4.4-liter V8 from a 7 Series. The increase in cylinder count meant the MF 4 was the fastest Wiesmann, at 4.6 seconds to 62 and a top speed of 181.

Indeed the MF 4 was the fastest Wiesmann… until the introduction of the limited edition MF 5 in 2009. Powering a run of just 55 cars was a 5.0-liter V10 borrowed from the M5. In this ultimate version MF, 547 horsepower meant 62 miles an hour arrived in 3.9 seconds. The top speed was a heady 193 miles an hour.

Wiesmann continued building its other cars through the decade, struggling all the while to get its vehicles federalized for sale in the U.S. Those costs combined with poor exchange rates, challenging the profitability of the small company. In August 2013, Wiesmann started its bankruptcy filing in Germany. Four months later, the board filed a petition to dismiss the bankruptcy, as it was no longer necessary. At the time there were discussions with a British firm that was interested in obtaining Wiesmann’s assets, but talks fell through. The brand was officially closed in May of 2014.

The company’s website states the brand will relaunch with a new vehicle in 2020, “Project Gecko.” Gecko is a roadster powered by a twin-turbo BMW V8.

Time will tell if there’s a future for Wiesmann, but it’s got a real uphill battle here in The Current Year. Meanwhile, this 20th Anniversary Edition MF 4 is for sale in the UK. With right-hand drive and a baby blue quilted interior of luxury, it asks $157,000.

[Images: seller]

Join the conversation
2 of 9 comments
  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Dec 31, 2019

    Oh good, I thought I was supposed to pretend this was in any way tasteful. Similar to the Chrysler Crossfire, this looks like a dog doing an especially difficult poo. Those headlights can only be described as arachnoid, and somebody needs to get rid of the novelty glasse-with-big-schnozz look surrounding that grille.

  • NeilM NeilM on Jan 01, 2020

    Those MF's were...distinctive.

  • Jeff S Corey--We know but we still want to give our support to you and let TTAC know that your articles are excellent and better than what the typical articles are.
  • Jeff S A sport utility vehicle or SUV is a car classification that combines elements of road-going passenger cars with features from off-road vehicles, such as raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive.There is no commonly agreed-upon definition of an SUV and usage of the term varies between countries. Thus, it is "a loose term that traditionally covers a broad range of vehicles with four-wheel drive." Some definitions claim that an SUV must be built on a light truck chassis; however, broader definitions consider any vehicle with off-road design features to be an SUV. A [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossover_(automobile)]crossover SUV[/url] is often defined as an SUV built with a unibody construction (as with passenger cars), however, the designations are increasingly blurred because of the capabilities of the vehicles, the labelling by marketers, and electrification of new models.The predecessors to SUVs date back to military and low-volume models from the late 1930s, and the four-wheel drive station wagons and carryalls that began to be introduced in 1949. The 1984 [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeep_Cherokee_(XJ)]Jeep Cherokee (XJ)[/url] is considered to be the first SUV in the modern style. Some SUVs produced today use unibody construction; however, in the past, more SUVs used body-on-frame construction. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the popularity of SUVs greatly increased, often at the expense of the popularity of large [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedan_(automobile)]sedans[/url] and station wagons.More recently, smaller SUVs, mid-size, and crossovers have become increasingly popular. SUVs are currently the world's largest automotive segment and accounted for 45.9% of the world's passenger car market in 2021. SUVs have been criticized for a variety of environmental and safety-related reasons. They generally have poorer fuel efficiency and require more resources to manufacture than smaller vehicles, contributing more to climate change and environmental degradation. Between 2010 and 2018 SUVs were the second largest contributor to the global increase in carbon emissions worldwide. Their higher center of gravity increases their risk of rollovers. Their larger mass increases their stopping distance, reduces visibility, and increases damage to other road users in collisions. Their higher front-end profile makes them at least twice as likely to kill pedestrians they hit. Additionally, the psychological sense of security they provide influences drivers to drive less cautiously. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sport_utility_vehicleWith the above definition of SUV any vehicle that is not a pickup truck if it is enclosed, doesn't have a trunk, and is jacked up with bigger tires. If the green activists adhere to this definition of what an SUV is there will be millions of vehicles with flat tires which include HRVs, Rav4s, CRVs, Ford Escapes, Buick Encores, and many of compact and subcompact vehicles. The green movement is going to have to recruit millions of new followers and will be busy flattening millions of tires in the US and across the globe. Might be easier to protest.
  • Sckid213 I actually do agree that most Nissans are ultimately junk. (I also think many BMWs are also). I was talking challenging the 3 in terms of driving dynamics. Agree all were failures in sales.
  • THX1136 More accurately said, we are seeing exponential growth in the manufacturing capabilities in this market. Unless, of course, all those vehicles are sold with customers waiting until more a produced so they can buy. Indeed, there are certainly more EVs being purchased now than back in 2016. Is demand outstripping manufacturing? Maybe or maybe not. I sincerely don't know which is why I ask.
  • ToolGuy The page here (linked in the writeup) is ridiculously stupid https://www.tyreextinguishers.com/how-to-spot-an-suvLike, seriously stupid, e.g., A) Not sure that particular Volvo is killing the planet as quickly as some other vehicles we might choose. B) A Juke is "huge"??? C) The last picture shows a RAV4 Hybrid?