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First UK showing of Citroën’s C-Métisse concept supercar

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June 1, 2008

UK appearance: Citroën C-Métisse concept

UK appearance: Citroën C-Métisse concept

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June 2, 2008 Citroën’s C-Métisse concept will be among the smorgasbord of automotive eye-candy on offer at this year's Festival of Speed at Goodwood. The appearance will be the first in the UK for the 155mph supercar which debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2006.

Marked by front and rear gull-wing doors and an "aviation-style" cockpit, the C-Métisse is powered by a 208bhp V6 HDi diesel engine along with two separate electric motors on the rear wheels which enable a top speed of 155mph, reach 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds and produce 400Nm of torque, whilst retaining exceptional fuel economy (45 miles per gallon on the combined cycle) and low-emissions (174g/km of CO2). The hybrid drive train also enables the concept car to run in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mode.

Performance and economy is also enhanced by the striking carbon fiber body which has resulted in a total weight of 1,400kg including the batteries. Other notable features include a ‘boost’ function which kicks-in under heavy acceleration to engage the electric motors and headlamps equipped with a row of LEDs that optimize lighting by adjusting in relation to the steering-wheel angle and vehicle speed.

Citroën has also announced that its Goodwood FOS display will include a special tribute to Colin McRae headed by a replica of the Citroën Xsara WRC driven by the Scottish racing legend in the 2003 World Rally Championship.

For more on the Citroën C-Métisse see our earlier report here.

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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