GTi, a Grand Tourer with fuel injection. A comfortable and luxurious automobile with sublime handling, perfectly capable of high speed and long-distance driving. It seems to me that the badge suits a classic big Citroën better than a lil’ VDub hatchback from the seventies.
I caught this Series 1 CX GTi in the periphery of a Grand Porsche Show (speaking of VDub). Big Citroëns immediately draw my attention. All of them; in chronological order the ID/DS, SM, CX, XM and C6. I’m sure this applies to many of us.
FWD, naturally, with a long front overhang and short rear overhang. The CX GTi was introduced in 1977.
One wiper wipes it all.
Needless to mention it has Citroën’s hydropneumatic suspension.
Furthermore IFS and IRS, with a front and rear stabilizer. Ventilated disc brakes at the front, solid disc brakes at the rear. Comfort and handling, you know.
Even a blind man can tell that this is a Citroën interior. The Series 1 GTi was only available with a 5-speed manual transmission.
The transverse 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2,347 cc is equipped with a Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system.
The 128 DIN-hp engine gets the 4-door sedan to a top speed of just about 190 km/h (119 mph). So now we’ve got great comfort, superb handling and speed. GTi badge fully approved. Then again, we might as well call each and every fuel injected big Citroën a GTi, the diesels included.
The 2005-2012 Citroën C6 was the last low-riding Citroën executive car (E-segment) with hydropneumatic suspension. Granted, the more recent D-segment Citroën C5 was also available with the flying carpet ride, but that model just looks too Audi-ish (speaking of VDub).
(Interior and engine images: courtesy of Alphons Ruyl Classic Cars)