The fun-to-drive nature of the C2 VTS is further enhanced by changes to the overall chassis design, which incorporates bigger anti-roll bars and stiffer springs and dampers, together with more direct steering and wider wheels fitted with special sports tyres. And hot hatch lovers will certainly appreciate the distinctive engine tone of the C2 VTS.
With its sharp, angular lines and purposeful stance, the C2 VTS wears the same stylish clothing as its stablemate the C2 VTR, in the same manner that proved so successful for the Saxo VTR/VTS combination. The pumped up 16" alloy wheels, front foglights, chrome tailpipe and subtle rear spoiler contribute to the distinctive, modern look, yet it is the red and silver ‘VTS’ badging that really singles it out in a crowded car park.
The sporty theme continues on the inside - the two-tone black bolstered seats, aluminium gear knob and aluminium drilled pedals are all specific to the new model. Further touches designed to create a youthful, stylish ambience include translucent door grab handles, chunky chrome door handles and a black leather steering wheel.
Yet while the C2 VTS openly flaunts its sporty credentials, it comes with a specification list that takes everyday life firmly into account. Air conditioning, power assisted steering, electric windows, an alarm and a CD player are among the list of standard equipment, while sliding/folding rear seats, side window airbags and rear parking sensor are all options. Owners also obtain the benefits offered by a genuinely spacious supermini with room for four and the practicality of a split tailgate.
The C2 VTS incorporates the latest up-to-date safety technology, in keeping with the rest of the range - EuroNCAP has already rated C2 one of Europe’s safest in the supermini sector. As well as four airbags, the C2 VTS also boasts ABS with EBD and EBA as standard. Further enhancing its safety credentials, it is one of very few sporty superminis to offer drivers advanced levels of grip thanks to the standard fitment of ESP.
Alain Favey, managing director of Citroen UK, comments: "Following the success of the Saxo VTR/VTS duo, Citroen has proved that it understands what real buyers want from a hot hatch. The C2 VTS is a fun, practical and highly attractive ownership experience and is sure to continue the Company’s tradition for producing great value sporty superminis."
* - Free insurance not available in Northern IrelandPublished 19 August 2004