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2005-03-01 08:46

The new Citroen C2 VTS is fitted with a 1.6i 16Valve engine, coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. This high performance engine is combined with a sound, well-balanced chassis.

The exterior styling of this new version underlines the sporty character of the C2 body style, with painted parts on the lower front bumper and lower body, and a rear spoiler. Furthermore it has special alloy wheels, a chrome tail pipe and a VTS badge.

The passenger compartment features a sporty new design with black seats, door handles made of a translucent material in mineral grey, a leather steering wheel and an aluminium pedal assembly.

The new 1.6i 16V engine develops 93 kW at 6 500 r/min with maximum torque of 143Nm at 3 750 r/min.

The engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox. The shorter gear ratios place the emphasis on power and performance reflecting the dynamic character of the C2. For example, the C2 VTS accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in 8.3 seconds in fourth, and in 11.3 seconds in fifth.

The C2 features surefooted roadholding and well balanced handling. To increase performance and driving sensations, the VTS version features specially modified running gear.

Compared with the VTR, springing and damping have been deliberately firmed up in order to adapt to the sports positioning of the VTS.

Active safety items include ESP while passive safety features include four front and side airbags..

The Citroën C2 VTS sells for R144 995. The C2 VTS comes standard with a 3 year/100 000 km warranty, a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and a comprehensive roadside assistance package is also standard.

Service intervals are every 20 000 km.

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