A few people have mentioned their disappointment about the Citroen SM being left out of our poll of iconic French vehicles, which is fair enough. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion.
Million-mile Saaber Peter Gilbert left a link to this video in comments overnight and I think it goes some way to showing why the SM is so wonderful in many people’s eyes. I think it also goes some way to showing why it’s not the French icon that the DS is.
So why isn’t it THE icon?
1. It’s wonderful and mad, but at the end of the day, it’s just finishing the DS’s work. Would the SM exist if it weren’t for the DS?
2. Anything with that dangerous a brake pedal can’t be considered THE icon (merely my opinion).
3. If you’re going to go to the expense and trouble of featuring a Maserati engine, then you should get the sound and performance of a Maserati engine. Again, just my opinion.
I thought I’d throw in this final video for a little extra Sunday Citroen viewing. It features the Citroen GT concept as well as the Citroen Survolt electric concept. It’s remarkable for two reasons:
1. The cars are quite remarkable simply by their designs. And check out the engine note on the GT – wow!
2. The cars actually run quite well on public streets. Most concept cars are built to be able to reliably run for 60 feet or so – the distance from their hiding spot to center stage at a motor show.
The Saab Aero X had an old Opel V6 under the bonnet and could move from it’s carrier truck to a display stand. The Saab PhoeniX concept had a Mini engine and could move quite well but I never saw it move at speed like these cars are doing. I don’t think either of them had manoeuvrability like this. The one Saab exception I can think of is the EV-1 concept, which has been seen doing donuts in the past, at the hands of it’s creator, Bjorn Envall.
Have a great Sunday!