Offering superb value for money, aggressive looks and high levels of equipment, Citroen’s new C2 VTS also provides more power, together with an uprated suspension and steering, making it perfectly placed to really impress sporty supermini buyers, especially those new to the performance scene.
C2 VTS - A Sharp Performer
Ready for fun, the exciting new C2 VTS goes straight to the top of the C2 range with an uprated engine, allied to a smooth five-speed manual gearbox, as well as a specially-tuned chassis.
The newly revised 1.6i 16V petrol powerplant offers drivers a hiked up and punchy 125hp, together with a maximum 105 lb.ft of torque. This is down to extensive reworking of the camshaft, valve springs, fuel injection and exhaust system, as well as a newly designed aluminium inlet manifold.
All these advances combine to take the C2 VTS from 0 to 62mph in a shade over 8 seconds and on to a top speed of 126mph. The engine upgrade also gives the C2 VTS improved acceleration and torque lower down the rev band, while keen drivers will appreciate both the flexibility offered by the heightened 7200rpm redline and the distinctive growl that is clearly audible at low speeds.
The chassis has been specifically tuned to match the increased power and sporty character of the C2 VTS, ensuring a firmer ride as well as excellent handling and road-holding. The enhancements over other C2 models include larger diameter anti-roll bars at both the front and rear and new, stiffer uprated shock absorbers.
Improving both grip and stance, the C2 VTS benefits from 6.5" wheels, compared to the VTR’s 6" set, in addition to new, sporty Michelin Exalto 2 rubbers. And providing an even more direct response, the electrically assisted steering of the C2 VTS benefits from 2.6 turns lock to lock compared to 3 for the rest of the range.Published 20 August 2004