Matching the French beauty with the Italian engineering sounded as good idea back in the late 60`s. Well, it could be, but it was not. Just look at Citroen SM and remember its unfortunate fate, which started with the desire to create a sporty version of the now and then legendary Citroen DS. That car turned out to be among the most exceptional cars ever made by the French company. We kindly ask you to experience and admire the fastest FWD car of its time while it was and still is, stunningly beautiful machine.
This Citroen SM art is a love letter to aerodynamics
In 1968, Maserati was taken over by Citroen, so the latter got access to the proper engine of its future flagship car, the SM. It was a V6 with an unusual 90o angle between the cylinder banks. This engine was capable of 170 hp in its 2.7 L form or 180 for the 3.0 L engine. Not so big of an engine for a GT coupe of that era, but due to its excellent aerodynamics, Citroen SM was not just fast but also fuel-efficient. The factory stated max speed of 220 km/h can be overreached with reported 235 km/h. On top of this, rivals like Jensen Interceptor doubled the Citroen SM fuel consumption which was only 12,5 L/100 km. Unfortunately, the engine wasn’t known for its reliability, and many of them suffered from problems with the timing chain and ignition cassettes. If you want to own one of these, you should know that you`re going to need not just dedicated Citroen expert but also a Maserati engines specialist.
However, any suffering will pay off by making you close to one of the most technically advanced cars of its time. In addition to the tremendous hydro-pneumatic and self-levelling suspension, it debuted the self-centring Diravi steering system. The brake system, also hydraulic, was among the best of its time ensuring the shortest stopping distance for Citroen SM. The front drums were inboard for achieving better masses balance and cooled via large ducts underneath the car.
We are thankful to Robert Opron, Citroen`s chief designer for the styling of the SM where he blended the best of both Citroen and Maserati. His work tipped 0.26 drag coefficient, an index hard to beat even today. This is just one more reason why we are more than happy to share with you this beautiful Citroen SM art, beautifully created by Jochen Paesen and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.