Ladies and Gentlemen, in an alternate universe where the British car industry didn’t hand away successful sports cars of any type to the rest of the world, may I present, the Peniston NG F-16 VVC16:
New for 1990, the F-16 is a showcase of the design and engineering talent present within the Peniston production facilities. A culmination of all of our historic sports car design experience, infused with the latest technologies to take us into the 1990s and beyond.
At launch the range will consist of two trim levels - EFI16, and that detailed here, the VVC16. Both feature a new version of our award winning lightweight K-family as featured in the rest of our range, with displacement increased to 1.8L litres and in the case of the VVC16, advanced dynamically controlled valve timing using our newly developed Variable Valve Command technology. This allows for previously unseen power, drivability and economy from such a small engine, without sacrificing reliability.
Both trim levels feature the same lightweight yet strong and rigid body, fitted with double wishbone suspension and advanced damping. This setup allows the car to provide a fun, safe and composed experience for all drivers in all conditions. Pair this with the VVC16’s engine, larger brake setup and larger wheels and you have a car that will even cope admirably with track use. Trust us - we’re still smiling.
Specification levels are generous for the class with both cars featuring alloy wheels, heater with variable speed fan control, electric windows, a radio/cassette player and a 5 speed manual gearbox. VVC16 pushes this further including larger alloys wheels, larger brakes fitted with ABS, variable speed controlled hydraulically assisted power steering and of course the VVC16 engine itself. Both cars also feature high flow catalytic converters to meet upcoming emissions requirements without sacrificing peformance.
We’re really quite proud of the F-16, and we feel this can bring the title of King of Affordable Sports Cars back to Britain. But don’t just take our word for it - contact your local Peniston dealer for a test drive now.
Press photo of the F-16 VVC16 leaving Car Assembly Building 1.
Some other angles:
Logos and stuff are crap because I’ve never really made a go of Peniston as the “Rover that could” style of company it’s becoming. Might make a proper run of it at some point, making enough cars now to have a history.