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by Adam Lynton
The German automaker is contemplating a limited run of 420hp Spyder Concept while it readies the new MF3.
Upon its unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Wiesmann described its Spyder concept as a "two-seater, extremely purist, convertible", drawing on the earliest sketches from the company's formative years. Now the word on the street is that it could put it into production. Wiesmann says it received a lot of interest from customers about building an "extremely purist model." With a BMW-sourced V8 packing 420 horsepower into a chassis weighing less than 1,000 kg, the Spyder could be just such a model.
The Spyder is said to be capable of sprinting to sixty in four seconds flat and running up to a top speed of 180 mph, assuming the driver's head could withstand the wind force with no windshield. All the Spyder offers in its cockpit is a steering wheel with an LCD screen for the gauges and little else. According to a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, whilst Weismann waits for a brand new MF3 to replace the recently discontinued Roadster MF3, a limited run of Spyder models could roll off the production line. Wiesmann expects only a handful of enthusiasts to invest in a car with no windscreen or doors, so production would likely remain limited.