First Look: Wiesmann Spyder

Geneva is the motor show about concepts and Wiesmann did not disappoint. Meet the Spyder, a car that for now is being termed a "design concept" but that depending on the usual array of metrics (media response, potential customer interest, state of the economy, worldwide malaise levels, etc.) they might put it into production. That wouldn't be the worst news we've ever heard.

As you can see, the fairly extreme Spyder has neither doors, a roof or a windscreen. Who needs 'em? This type of (very) open top motoring is sadly becoming a thing of the past, as comfort, high-tech and safety have basically taken over the motoring experience. However, if you've ever spent any time inside a Se7en (a real Lotus 7, Caterham or otherwise) then you already understand the Wiesmann Spyder's appeal.

Of course, getting into the Spyder is a whole other matter. And getting out looks difficult, if not fully impossible. Of course, I'll argue that practicality should never get in the way of a good concept. In that regard, the Spyder is a hit. In a world dominated by crossovers and safety concerns, it's refreshing to see throwback cars, no matter how impractical.

Wiesmann isn't providing too many specifics. They list the engine as a "V8 High Speed Motor," and that it makes 420 horsepower. They do claim that the weight is in the half a ton range, which is fabulous considering the power. The Spyder should be able to hit 60 mph in well under 4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. We say go for it.

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