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    • Wiesmann utilizing BMW S63TU twin turbo 4.4 V8 power for new sports car - Project Gecko

      Wiesmann utilizing a BMW powerplant for one of their sports cars is nothing new. Before the company folded in 2013 (only to be resurrected) they purchased many BMW M engines. Well, they are back with a new sports car design called Project Gecko.


      What do we know about it? They will mate a BMW S63TU V8 to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. This will likely the lightest chassis ever paired to the beastly BMW TT V8. Wiesmann's MF5 with a BMW S85 V10 weighed in around 3100 pounds.

      50:50 weight distribution is expected as well:

      ▪ Modern take on the cult MF5 model
      ▪ A pure driver’s car with front mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout
      ▪ Powered by BMW M’s TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine
      ▪ Production starts 2020

      An updated MF5 is expected so styling somewhere along these lines:




      Think of this as the BMW twin turbo V8 powered sports car BMW refuses to build themselves. Except with greater exclusivity and better styling.

      The specs all sound nice but there is really only one thing BoostAddict is interested in here. Will they sell it in the USA? Let's hope this time around the answer is yes.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Wiesmann utilizing BMW S63TU twin turbo 4.4 V8 power for new sports car - Project Gecko started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 10 Comments
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        Make it a coupé and it will rule. Interesting they did not choose DCT. Also surprised there is not more cooling area up front.
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        It's cool but the price is insane. Probably >200,000 euros. There are not a lot of people with that kind of cash buying up cars from boutique manufacturers.
      1. BLKROKT's Avatar
        BLKROKT -
        It looks better with the cover. Give me the Batmobile.
      1. SpeedLimit?'s Avatar
        SpeedLimit? -
        They set the bar high for themselves with this last model using the engine and transmission from the e70 x5m...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by nbrigdan Click here to enlarge
        It's cool but the price is insane. Probably >200,000 euros. There are not a lot of people with that kind of cash buying up cars from boutique manufacturers.
        I like it right in that range. 991 Turbo, McLaren 570, and Lambo Huracan alternative.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by maxnix Click here to enlarge
        Make it a coupé and it will rule. Interesting they did not choose DCT. Also surprised there is not more cooling area up front.
        That design is for an S85 V10. It's the old car. The new one will be an update of this. It's just to give you a general idea and not the real thing.
      1. nbrigdan's Avatar
        nbrigdan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SpeedLimit? Click here to enlarge
        They set the bar high for themselves with this last model using the engine and transmission from the e70 x5m...
        That video has me sold. That factory is amazing.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        The mf5 v10 is my end all dream car. If only they came to the states
      1. MSIZZLE's Avatar
        MSIZZLE -
        doesnt it seem pointless to dump the dct? seems like allot of unnecessary extra engineering to make the electronics work
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by MSIZZLE Click here to enlarge
        doesnt it seem pointless to dump the dct? seems like allot of unnecessary extra engineering to make the electronics work
        The drivetrain comes from BMW so since they no longer do the DCT it seems the ZF auto is the choice by default to keep costs down.

        I'd prefer a DCT too namely since it is RWD.