The first images with the Citroen C-Elysee have appeared online a couple of months ago, and now the car is placed in the spotlights again at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, where it has just made its public debut.
The muscled up C-Elysee WTCC has been designed for the new regulations of the World Touring Car Championship, and is based on last year's model, with a couple of tweaks and adjustments. As some of you might be aware of, it will be driven by nine-times champion Sebastien Loeb. The car is powered by the same 1.6-liter direct injection turbocharged engine as the DS3 WRC. Power output of the inline four is close to 380bhp that are transferred to the front-wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The WTCC car will come equipped with 18-inch wheels, unlike the basic model. Particular attention has been directed towards the aerodynamics, as expected for a WTCC car. The kit has a redesigned front bumper and a new splitter. It's also worth mentioning the C-Elysee weighs in around 1,100 kg (with driver included, as per the regulations). The brakes feature front 380mm Ventilated Discs With Four-Piston Calipers and 300mm Ventilated Discs, With Two-Piston Calipers on the back.
The carmaker claims that the car has already surpassed its initial sales target by close to 10,000 units. Citroen hopes that their succes in World Touring Car Championship will translate to increased sales in the emerging markets. This second generation C-Elysée is built in Vigo, Spain, along with the Peugeot 301 (however, the C-Elysée is also manufactured in China). The car is heavily based for North Africa and Eastern Europe markets. It has currently begun a programme of development tests, and it will be Sebastien Loeb's and Yvan Muller's toy for the next season of WTCC.
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