Extra power is one thing. The ability
to handle that power safely is something else again. The Citroen
CX GTi excels on both scores. Bosch L-jectronic fuel injection, combined
with a far more advanced aerodynamic shape than that of any other production
car creates a very special brand of high-performance motoring.
Indeed, it is at high speeds that the wind-cheating aerodynamic GTi has the
effect of making seasoned motoring correspondents slip into superlatives.
For it is unusual and impressive that the aerodynamic design of the GTi even
extends to the smooth underside of the car - a feature which means that the
car is literally sucked down on the road. So, instead of bouncing
around and feeling as though you are at the point of no return down the
runway, you remain totally relaxed and devoid of the usual stresses and
strains of high speed driving. Yet advanced aerodynamics are only part
of the story. There are other highly significant contributory factors such as
VariPower steering. Unlike conventional power steering, VariPower becomes
firmer as you increase speed, providing an absolute sense of stability and
security. Furthermore it prevents the wheels from being deflected by stones
or irregularities in the road surface.
Front wheel drive and Citroen's unique self-levelling hydropneumatic
suspension complete a road-holding capability which is virtually impossible to
rival at any price. This is all very reassuring but still leaves
one worry which niggles at the minds of even the most experienced drivers: the
possibility of a high-speed blow-out, which is liable to be final, even for
the best of drivers. Reassuringly, Citroen have removed even this
fear, with a suspension system which not only allows you to carry on driving
in a straight line but even steer round corners until it is quite safe to
stop. All of which goes to prove that the car can handle the power.
Like no other car in the world.