Citroen’s presence at this year’s Motor Show Live at the Birmingham NEC goes way beyond the firm’s packed stand, with the ‘C2 Crew’ and a unique version of the C2 GT playing a major role in Motropolis – a spectacular show at the Live Action Arena, where the cars are the stars in a futuristic battle of good versus evil.
The C2 GT, recently named Top Gear Magazine’s best hot hatch, is the car of choice for a young band of rebellious motoring freedom fighters – the ‘C2 Crew’ – who perform in an exciting event rammed full of car stunts, skateboarders and BMX riders, with the star turn being provided by the appearance of a stunningly modified version.
Whilst not for sale, this one-off C2 GT is guaranteed to turn heads with its massive 18" Titanium finish alloys, twin stainless steel tailpipes and a full-on bodykit that includes a twin style rear spoiler. Maximum road presence is further assured by the lowered suspension, impressive GT decals, tinted windows and an underbody neon lighting system, while performance gets a hike by around 10hp as well.
To keep the blood flowing, the Citroen stand (Hall 5) will give UK show-goers their first chance to catch a glimpse of the awesome, 225hp C2 Super 1600, just as it embarks on its first season of competitive motorsport. The World Rally Championship winning Xsara WRC will also be present – after a successful first outing in the WRC last year it continues to be finely placed in this year’s title fight.
The performance theme is further reflected by the presence of the 1.6i 16V C2 VTR – which demonstrates exactly why the sporty versions account for almost half of all C2 sales – as well as the 167hp Xsara VTS, while a stylishly modified C3 Pluriel gives another take on sporting looks.
Citroen will also show off a number of other new models for 2004, including the robust-looking and highly practical C3 XTR, the impressively economical and torquey 110hp 1.6HDi Xsara Picasso, and the UK’s first convertible diesel supermini, the innovative 1.4HDi C3 Pluriel.Published 12 May 2004