SECMA F16 Turbo: the lightweight French sports car transformed
SECMA, a small French manufacturer specializing in light cars, has in recent years reoriented its production around sports models. The F16 got the ball rolling in 2008, powered by a 1.6-litre Renault engine. Then, in 2016, the craftsman based in Aniche, in the North near Douai, moved up a gear with the F16 Turbo. This took over the four-cylinder 1.6 liter turbo PSA 200 hp, since increased to 225 hp. This engine is enough to ensure breathtaking performance for this light roadster which only weighs 673 kg on the scale, as we were able to verify during a comparison with the Alpine A110S: a 0 to 100 km/h in 4, 8 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. The commercial success of these two roadsters led SECMA to stop the production of its quadricycles with and without a license, made difficult by the change in regulations in 2018.
One of the main complaints about the F16 Turbo was its styling. The abrupt front end, with raised headlights and hollow central part, was often compared to that of the Citroën Ami 6. Admittedly, the latter was considered by Flaminio Bertoni as the favorite of his creations, although he also gave birth to the very pure design of the DS19. Nevertheless, the comparison was hardly flattering in the mouths of detractors and it was little liked by Daniel Renard, the founder of SECMA. Today, the small manufacturer took the bull by the horns by presenting a new F16 Turbo at a rally for owners of brand models.
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