The new Wiesmann's exterior looks like the company's earlier models, but the model reportedly rides on a new platform.
Wiesmann is back after experiencing some business troubles a few years back, and the company's first new model is going under the codename Project Gecko. The production version may follow the company's old model nomenclature and wear the MF6 moniker. These shots are our first look at the new coupe without having a sheet hiding the body. Our spies reported that this one was on a flatbed truck leaving a BMW test facility.
Gallery: Wiesmann MF6 Spy Shots
The Project Gecko's styling looks a lot like previous Wiesmann products. It has a vaguely retro aesthetic with a long nose and arching roofline to create classic sports car styling. Bulbous fenders and smooth sculpting provide a classic appearance. A fixed wing attaches to the rear deck, and the exhausts integrate into the bumper. There is a rumor that some of the body panels are carbon fiber to keep the weight down.
While the body has a similar appearance to older Wiesmann models, the Project Feco rides on a new platform that offers a 50:50 weight distribution. There's also an adjustable double-wishbone suspension. Six-piston brake calipers in front clamp onto vented and drilled rotors.
Gallery: Wiesmann Project Gecko teasers
The company already confirms that Project Gecko uses BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and an eight-speed automatic driving the rear wheels. Wiesmann isn't revealing how much horsepower is available from its tune of the familiar powerplant, but it's apparently enough to hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds. The top speed is reportedly 199 mph (320 kph).
Wiesmann intends to have the Project Gecko on sale in 2020. A date for the official unveiling isn't yet available, but a debut in 2019 seems very unlikely at this point.