Citroen’s supermini stunner, the 1.6i 16V C2 GT, has just been named Best Hot Hatch by the BBC’s Top Gear Magazine, an award presented by Jeremy Clarkson at a prestigious ceremony in Central London.
Commenting on Citroen’s rally homologation special, Top Gear Magazine says: "The C2 GT is one of very few cars that looks exactly right in every detail. There’s no extraneous weight, even the washer bottle’s smaller. It feels grippy, edgy, raucous, simple fun."
Citroen is certainly no stranger to the hot hatch scene - the C2’s predecessor the Saxo topped the hot hatch popularity charts for five consecutive years. Now young enthusiasts are just as likely to be drawn to the limited edition C2 GT, with its superb combination of sharp looks, lively performance and great value for money.
The 110hp C2 GT comes with a smooth five-speed manual gearbox that helps it to 62mph in under 10 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 121mph. And while the C2 GT may be a whole lot of fun to drive, that doesn’t mean it scrimps on kit - an alarm, electric front windows, variable power steering, striking 16" white alloys and a CD player are all standard, as is an impressive safety list that includes four airbags and ABS with EBD and EBA.
With cost of ownership a major consideration for young buyers, the C2 GT offers remarkable value thanks to a recommended retail price of £10,495, one year’s free insurance (drivers aged 21-80, UK mainland only), 20,000 mile service intervals and a combined fuel economy of some 43mpg.Published 11 March 2004