To avoid the crushing heartbreak that inevitably follows the announcement that a beautiful car will not be making a North American debut, we usually try to discredit Euro-specs the instant they hit our desk. Some, like the Twizy Z.E., do the work for us but others, like the Wiesmann Roadster MF5, make it marginally more difficult. Actually, the MF5 makes it damn near impossible.
True, we don’t particularly like the 500 Abarth paint scheme on anything except, well, the 500 Abarth, and the only car allowed to have a red-on-red interior is an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera with a sagging headliner and a pack of Kools tucked behind the visor – but we’re still hopelessly enraptured by the MF5.
We can’t deny a stunningly executed sports car when we see one, especially not one with a BMW 5.0L S85 V10 under the hood. Yeah, you read that correctly – the Wiesmann MF5 shares the same powertrain as the current gen M5, which means it cranks out a whopping 507-hp and 520 Nm of torque and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Unlike the M5, however, you won’t see the MF5 parked outside USC’s sorority row, at least not unless Daddy was willing to drop $277,769 USD on his precious snowflake.