If a car is small enough to make a first generation Miata look spacious, doesn’t include such luxuries as a windshield or a roof and has absolutely zero storage space, does it even qualify as a car? If that same vehicle packs a 420 horsepower V8 into its sub-2,200 pound chassis, do you even care what it’s called, as long as you get to drive it? In this case, I’m talking about the Wiesmann Sypder, the latest creation from the eccentric German constructor. Unveiled as a concept (with no immediate production plans) at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, I’d certainly sign on the dotted line to strap one on.
For now, the Spyder is a design concept that pays tribute to the Wiesmann brothers early sketches. Wiesmann customers have been clamoring for a “purist” car from the manufacturer, so there’s a chance the Spyder could see production if there’s sufficient customer interest. Carscoop quotes Friedholm Wiesmann as saying, “We want to test the marketability of such cars in Geneva. The feedback of our customers, partners and experts has high influence on the consideration of advancing the Spyder model.” Wiesmann certainly wouldn’t be the first to produce a purist sports roadster, and their Spyder would fight for sale in a niche already occupied by the Ariel Atom, the KTM X-Bow and the Radical SR series.