Boldmen CR4

Friedhelm Wiesmann is back. One of the two founders of the Wiesmann GmbH sports car manufacturer, which has been dozing since 2014 due to insolvency, is now putting a new sports car on the road. Since his original company is now owned by investors from the UK, the newcomer no longer bears his family name. Instead, it goes by the name Boldmen CR4. Bold as in brave. The C stands for carbon, the R for roadster and the 4 for the 400-plus horsepower class. Friedhelm Wiesmann founded this company back in June 2020 together with Harald and Michael Käs. The father-son team from Welden near Augsburg is already known in the European car scene for the Everytimer ETA 02. While this restomod turns a BMW 1 Series convertible into a vehicle in the style of the legendary 2002, the team also remains true to BMW technology with the Boldmen. As is well known, this also provided the propulsion for Wiesmann cars.

408 hp thanks to Dähler

The current BMW Z4 from the G29 series serves as the base vehicle, with the three-liter inline six-cylinder with biturbo charging under the hood. Slight tuning by the Swiss company Dähler provides 408 hp and 610 Nm of torque. These are transmitted to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. For the sprint from standstill to 62 mph, Boldmen quotes 3.9 seconds. The topspeed is electronically limited to 155 mph. It is not yet known whether it will be possible to raise the limit for an additional charge. The kerb weight on the spec sheet is 1,495 kilograms.

Visually clearly distinguishable from the base car

What remains of the Z4 are mainly the invisible structures underneath the body and the windshield. This is necessary in order to be able to use the crash test certificates for the Boldmen as well, without also having to crash a few of them. The tightly cut soft top is also taken over from the base vehicle. Otherwise, all body parts are completely new and made of carbon. At the front, an independent hexagonal grille is used along with new air intakes and LED headlights. The rear drops sharply and features protruding light units with round elements. A spoiler lip is integrated into the trunk lid. There are no pictures of the interior yet.

First Thirty Edition at market launch

The exclusive “First Thirty” edition of the Boldmen CR4, limited to just 30 units, will be released at the start of production. It features lamp surrounds, sill blades and diffuser in bare carbon. In addition, the transmission tunnel in the interior is upholstered in leather and the desired colors for the body and interior are included free of charge. This special edition model is listed in the German price lists at € 184,900. Optional extras include a removable glass wind deflector (€ 380), an Alcantara leather interior (€ 2,960), a full leather interior (€ 12,950), the bigger navigation system with 10.25-inch display (€ 3,400) and a head-up display (only in conjunction with the bigger navigation system for an additional € 1,400). Eleven of the 30 edition cars have apparently already been pre-ordered. The first deliveries are expected toward the end of the year.

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