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Citroen DS


Citroen DS

Some cars exhibit pure brilliance that brings so many new things to the industry, they become benchmarks by which others are judged. That's certainly true of the Citroen DS. Launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1955, the DS was light years ahead of its rivals in terms of technological development. The unusual bodywork wasn't just about making a style statement, for it was the most aerodynamic machine on the road in its day. Couple to that unique hydropneumatic suspension, which gave the car a wonderful ride quality, headlamps that swivelled with the steering to see round corners, inboard disc brakes and a plastic roof to keep weight to a minimum, and it's easy to see why the DS is regarded as one of the most important cars of all time. Citroen even offered a station wagon version, known as the ID.

Citroen DS Specifications

Top speed:95 mph (152 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):18.4 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:114 ci (1,911 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:63bhp(47 kW) at 4,500 rpm
Max torque:105 lb ft (142 Nm) at 3,500 rpm
Weight:2,575 lb (1158 kg)
Economy:24 mpg (8.6 km/I)
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