Thursday, January 21, 2010

SECMA F16: Cheap Thrills French Roadster Finds its Way to Germany

Already on sale in France and the UK since , the tiny French built SEMCA F16 roadster has now arrived in Germany with prices starting from €17,990 or the US equivalent of $24,400. The diminutive roadster which looks like a cross between an Ariel Atom, a KTM X-Bow and a beach buggy is powered by a rear-mounted Renault-source 1.6-liter gasoline engine producing 105 horsepower that is hooked up to a five-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels.

But don't let the low output fool you as the 2,750mm (108.3-in.) long sports car weighs in at just 564kg or 1,243 pounds which translates to a power to weight ratio of 5.4kg/hp. SEMCA claims that the F16 can sprint from rest to 60mph (96km/h) in only 5.5 seconds while the roadster tops out at 110mph or 177km/h.

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