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Wiesmann MF4 Roadster, the Shelby/Morgan love child we can't have

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  March 3, 2009 01:26 PM

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At last year's Geneva Auto Show, I was fortunate to sit in a Wiesmann MF4 coupe, a visual cross between a Morgan Aero 8 and a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Everything seemed so deliciously old-world: the smooth leather covering every imaginable surface, metal toggle switches, and a cramped cockpit with an amazing view of an obscenely long and narrow hood.

For 2009, this tiny German manufacturer added some needed headroom to the MF4 in the form of a beautiful softtop roadster. As with many cars in Geneva, it's off limits for Americans.

Two BMW V-8s supply the power: a 4.8 liter, 362 horsepower engine from the 550i and the M3's snarling small-block, good for 414 horsepower. A 6-speed manual is standard, with the option of a 6-speed automatic or 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The M3-powered MF4 S hits 62 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, says Wiesmann, and there's little doubt to that claim.

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