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Wiesmann GT MF5 in the super test: Gecko attacks established sports cars

Rossen Gargolov
Wiesmann GT MF5 in the super test
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In order to feel set back or just to escape the zeitgeist, it is not absolutely necessary to rely on a technically mostly to overthrow something compromised classic car. The automotive flair of earlier days, which at least in the mind of slightly graying car freaks comes together as a mixture of plump round shapes, classic round instruments, quilted decorative seams and, of course, striking engine acoustics, can also be experienced without renouncing modern drive and chassis technology, like the test -Candidate Wiesmann GT M F5 confirmed.

With Wiesmann in Dülmen in the Munsterland region, a German small-series manufacturer has been holding a market niche for years, whose products master the balancing act between historical appearance and modern technology. Even the second youngest object of the brand, the Wiesmann GT MF5, shows the unmistakable face of a Wiesmann in the test, despite its sublime performance class and all racing-like conditioning.

Running culture and the sound convince

As such The Wiesmann GT MF5 continues - albeit stately broader - a characteristic line that originated in 1993, when the first roadster was born, and even then had a round design with a clear reference to the past. However: Even then, there was no role model as such. When testing the Wiesmann GT MF5, we are also dealing with a real Westphalian original, which knows how to counter allegations of plagiarism with a grand gesture and a self-confident appearance. The fact that there is a close alliance with BMW, whose drive technology can be found in different versions in every Wiesmann model, is not seen internally as a weakness, but rather as a strategic alliance that could not be more productive. Where, if not in a small-series sports car with high driving dynamics ambitions, does it fit better: the five-liter ten-cylinder from the previous BMW top models M5 or BMW M6?

While the 507 hp built in the Wiesmann GT MF5 Super-V is considered to be a discontinued model in the factory, with eight-cylinder twin-turbo charging as the successor technology thereis preferred for future types, the large, high-revving vacuum cleaner has found a home in the Wiesmann Coupé, albeit a narrow one. One that suits his professionally exalted nature very much. One or the other liter of fuel, to which it is already inclined in principle as a high-revving vacuum cleaner, should only play a subordinate role in this extremely fun-oriented two-seater, which is completely relieved of stupid transport tasks. The focus here is exclusively on those values ​​that are highly valued in the auto quartet as trump cards. With 507 hp at 7,750 revolutions and a mountain of torque of 520 Newton meters at 6,100 rpm, the BMW ten-cylinder is and remains one of those drives that can be blamed for anything - except that it does not make extremely successful efforts in the world of reciprocating piston or internal combustion engines to present in the most beautiful facets. Smooth running, responsiveness, revving and last but not least the sound of the Wiesmann GT MF5 leave little room for criticism.

Such a showpiece from the engine in the middle of a comparatively light, but contrary to the original assumption, but not minimalist appearing small series coupé? This contains material for touching scenes, grandiose adventures - but possibly also for dramas or fatal misunderstandings. In any case, it is a spectacle when the Wiesmann GT MF5, which cannot be surpassed in extroversion, shows itself in public in this garish paintwork. As if an imaginary curtain were going up, the scenes were almost ready for the theater and played out continuously in the green star's test environment: applause, whistling concerts and camera phones drawn out.

Wiesmann GT MF5 in 3.9 seconds to 100 km /h

Not enough emotional expressions, the occupants sometimes almost feel as if stalkers are on their heels . What such, in the best case, potential pain in the ass in pursuit drives, is nothing more than a bitter disgrace: The Wiesmann GT MF5, blessed with a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.8 kilograms per hp, rushes in the wild with only partial utilization of its reserves So jagged from the picture surface that the successors that were previously stuck to the back seal, filling the format, shrink to the size of a pin within a few seconds. The 3.9 seconds, which the measuring sheet shows in the test for the sprint to 100 km /h, only incompletely reflect what it means to be at full throttle to the urge and pressure of the angry man in all respects. Up to 200 km /h 11.6 seconds pass in the test, and regardless of the meteoric thrust, it is above all the automated seven-speed transmission, also from BMW, that makes such sprint tests as easy as snapping fingers.

Lap time the Nordschleife: from 7.47 minutes

That the originallyTen-cylinder from a much more civilian environment shows a completely different character in the Wiesmann GT MF5, despite all the self-imposed sophistication, should not surprise: Here it is not wrapped in cotton, but mechanically very present. You can feel it with all your senses and from idling speed you are trained not to be disrespectful to it. If treated incorrectly, in close collaboration with the sequential gearbox, it is capable of quite malicious reactions. Then he bites like a wounded animal, falls on the drive wheels, which are still cold in an emergency, and brings them completely out of control. With a few exceptions, when testing the Wiesmann GT MF5, it seems advisable to rely on the control interventions of the ESP if it does not mean permanently: the rodeo is open. To feel the power of 507 hp so directly under the accelerator is almost a privilege again these days.

If you are ready to take on the challenge and break down the angular nature of the rounded Wiesmann GT MF5 in detail, you will also be given a lot on the other hand: Only a few opponents - and if at all, then only those you meet due to their modernist, high-tech appearance, they are capable of doing lap times of less than 1.10 minutes on the small course in Hockenheim. This generally requires a good instinct, but in the Wiesmann GT MF5 even more: Anyone who - coming from a 'normal' sports car - throws himself coldly into the first bend with the Wiesmann in the test without an appropriate warm-up phase will, in the best case, quickly gain confidence lost. No street-legal sports car reacts so directly to the smallest of steering movements, which is why it takes a while not to fall into 'steering wheel sawing' before the curve. The great steering behavior of the test candidate Wiesmann GT MF5 has two sides: If you lack fine motor skills in your arms, you will hardly be happy with these sharp steering characteristics. Anyone who has it and also knows the correct turn-in points will be rewarded with a turn-in behavior that is otherwise only reserved for designated racing cars.

Provided that the sports tires, which are undoubtedly jointly responsible, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup +, have reached their operating temperature. On the Nordschleife, which is much faster in terms of speed, the recommendation to focus even more carefully on the turn-in points and the challenges that follow is all the more valid. And here, too, the initially humble approach to the coupé is most gratifyingly rewarded. With a time of 7.47 minutes, the tree frog green racer is well among the current driving dynamics heroes. In contrast to the roadster version, the Wiesmann GT MF5 entered the test with an extra portion of dynamic driving doping, namely the so-called 3,490 euros extra chargePerformance kit. This includes - in terms of both the springs and the dampers - other characteristics with the necessary gain in hardness.

Coupé enters the test with performance package

Due to the simultaneous retention of the stabilizing strengths, this results in a somewhat idiosyncratic setup: The racing-like hardness, which is reflected in several different aspects of suspension and rolling comfort This is sometimes uncomfortably noticeable, stands in strange contrast to the tendency to roll or roll that the two-seater Wiesmann GT MF5 shows in the test when cornering quickly. However, you get used to it, as the driving dynamics proven in several test criteria clearly demonstrate. But this combination is not the ideal case. Those who do not aim for the best times, however, will hardly tend to let their energies run free, that is, to forego the standard support of the ESP, because the overall high limit area is not precisely defined in every case and in all situations .

Collection of watches in the instrument panel of the Wiesmann GT MF5

The tendency of the Wiesmann GT MF5 equipped with the V-ten-cylinder to initially slip into understeer after the almost abrupt turn under constant load, is somewhat deceptive in that in this situation it changes from understeer to oversteer with the slightest load changes, even if it is just a little thud on the accelerator. That would not be dramatic in itself if the extremely sharp steering did not come into play again in this situation: The risk of overturning the steering wheel, i.e. initiating excessive counter maneuvers, is understandably high under these circumstances. So it is said on such occasions: calmly keep blood. In addition to a sensitive foot on the accelerator that does not twitch too much in wrong situations, you also need a steady hand in order to be able to first form an understanding agreement and then a quick-witted alliance with the Wiesmann GT MF5 in the test. Until then, you can indulge yourself in the beautiful pleasure of lovingly following its pronounced curves with your eyes and your hand.

Here bulges and bulges stand out, some of which are not quite typical for the usual Oktoberfest note. For example, the extremely widened rear that gives space to the BBS light alloy rims including the Michelins in the 325/30 ZR 19 format. At 1,940 millimeters, the test Wiesmann has expanded by an additional 30 millimeters. Dedicating oneself to studying the interior could perhaps fuel the enthusiasm even more: The watch collection, located in the middle of the leather-framed instrument panel of the Wiesmann GT MF5, is definitely worth looking at for a longer time.

While the starter button to the left of the large rev counter is not confusing, thesilver button rows in front of and behind the gear selector lever a little more attention to identification. The sports seats that perfectly encompass the body (2,150 euros extra) are worth having at least once in the test candidate Wiesmann GT MF5. In order to reach them over the wide sill in the depths of the narrow cockpit, a minimum of mobility is required. While the intimate contact of the elbow with the inside door panel is only an insignificant disruption during normal driving, the restricted freedom of movement with committed steering work on the valance, which is also decorated with decorative stitching, can be a serious obstacle: Fast counter-steering maneuvers with an arm drawn in to the side do not only look a bit hindered, but are not doing really well either; which can have a problematic outcome, especially in the strongest of all Wiesmann treasures - the ESP control should be switched to 'Off' and the cerebrum to stubborn.

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