Holy retro supercar! Wiesmann Black Bat unveiled


The matte black beauty you see above is officially called the SchwabenFolia Wiesmann Roadster MF5 V10 Black Bat - and it could have been longer, because a (probably quite narked) tuning company called Dahler was also involved. Clearly, however, the person that buys it is going to call it the Batmobile.

It's not clear what the Batman connotation is, aside from all the blackness and the potentially copyright-infringing Batman sticker on the rear bumper, but we do know that it's the most extremely sensational use of vinyl since Chesney Hawkes' first album came out.
It's easy enough to have any car wrapped in vinyl these days, and of any colour, but German company SchwabenFolia's work here is of particular skill.

Almost every part of the Wiesmann Roadster – bar the engine, obviously – is enveloped in matte black. Even the 20-inch alloy wheels are covered, as is much of the interior. Uniquely, there's an imprint of the Nurburgring's iconic track outline on each of the door sills (below).

If you know your Wiesmanns, you'll know that the standard Roadster MF5 has a BMW-sourced 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine with 547bhp. This V10 model, however, gets the outgoing BMW M5's V10 with 592bhp.

That's more than the M5 had, and it's thanks to Swiss tuning company Dahler and its sports exhaust system and electronic tomfoolery. Dahler changes the exhaust system and remaps the ECU to unleash a good chunk more from beneath the engine bay.

The work means a sprint from zero to 62mph in 3.5 seconds, and to twice that speed in less than ten. The Black Bat also breaks the 200mph barrier, and for that reason has a brake upgrade, with a huge Brembo set replacing the standard stoppers.

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