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Citroen SM


Citroen SM

Citroen of France took over Italian firm Maserati in 1969 and provided much-needed financial support. It also requested of Maserati that they supply the engine and transmissions for a new, rather self-indulgent Citroen supercar, the SM. Many of the SM's parts underneath were from the Citroen DS model to keep costs down, parts such as the hydro-pneumatic suspension and ultra-sensitive four wheel-disc brakes. The V6 was produced by Maserati chopping two cylinders off their 183ci (3-liter) V8 and taking it out to 163ci (2.6 liters), though later versions had 183ci (3 liters). The gearbox was fitted in front of the engine to allow the engine to sit back as far as possible in the chassis for better weight-distribution. In 1971 Citroen put four cars into the Morocco Rally and gained first, third and fourth places. Peugeot bought Citroen in 1974, and the following year the SM finished.

Citroen SM Specifications

Top speed:142 mph (227 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.5 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:163 ci (2,670 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:178 bhp (133 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:171 lb ft (232 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,197 lb (1,453 kg)
Economy:12.4 mpg (4.4 km/I)
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