Wiesmann Spyder Concept introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2011

Wiesmann has unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show a design study of a two-seater convertible sports car with an extremely purist design – the Wiesmann Spyder Concept. This concept is both ultra-light and powerful, thus reflecting the essence of Wiesmann's philosophy.

Putting that into numbers, the Wiesmann Spyder Concept features a kerb weight of less than 1,000 kg. It is powered by a 4-liter V8 high-speed engine that delivers around 420 hp of output. With this amount of power output at its disposal, the Wiesmann Spyder Concept could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds and reach a top speed of around 290 km/h.

As a purist model, the two-seater Wiesmann Spyder design study features no doors and windscreen, and is based on the early designs by Wiesmann brothers. However, this Wiesmann Spyder Concept is the result of years in experience sports car construction, thereby demonstrating Wiesmann receptiveness to trends.

In fact, a number of Wiesmann fans have approached its founders requesting for an extremely purist model. This model is the answer to those requests. Friedhelm Wiesmann, General Manager of the sports car maker, quipped that by presenting the Wiesmann Spyder Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, they could assess the marketability of the design study and its likes.

He said that whether Wiesmann will pursue the Spyder model or not will depend on the feedback of customers, partners and experts. The sports car maker has yet to decide whether to put the Wiesmann Spyder Concept into production. Any decision favoring such would mean that production of the vehicle would begin in 2012 or beyond.

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Wiesmann Spyder Concept

Wiesmann showcased the design study of a two-seater, extremely purist, convertible sports car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Powerful, ultra-light and purist, the Wiesmann Spyder Concept is the essence of Wiesmann's philosophy. With a kerb weight of less than 1000 kg, it accelerates from 0-100 km/h less than 4 s and makes a top speed of approx. 290 km/h. Basis for this excellent performance is a 420-hp V8 high speed motor which is powered by a 4 liters of engine capacity. The two-seater has no doors or windscreen and is the most extreme Wiesmann ever built.

The Wiesmann Spyder design study is based on the Wiesmann brothers' early designs, though it also incorporates their many years of experience in sports car construction. It demonstrates the sports car manufacturer's receptiveness to trends because many Wiesmann fans have approached the company founders in recent years with requests for an extremely purist model.

In Geneve there will be a design study presented, which needs to undergo the judgement of the experts. General Manager of the manufactory Friedhelm Wiesmann says: "We want to test the marketability of such cars in Geneve", and he goes on: "The feedback of customers, partners and experts has high influence on the consideration of advancing the Spyder model." Wiesmann has not yet decided whether to put the Spyder into production. If it does go into production, this won't be before 2012.

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