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Upping the revs; Road test Citroen C3 VTR BILL CAVEN says Citroen's showrooms are bursting with exciting new models, with the C3 VTR being a prime example.

Byline: BILL CAVEN

THREE years ago, Citroen set out on a programme to overhaul just about their entire range of cars. Since then the dinky C2, the C3 supermini, the versatile C3 Pluriel, the stunning C4 and the C8 people carrier have made their debut.

They will be joined in June by the new C1 city car, while the C6 executive express will complete the revamp early next year.

Creating so many new models in such a short time might seem a tall order, but Citroen have achieved their aim with a fair degree of flair and distinction.

What's more, they have continued to develop their new models in an attempt to have a line-up of cars that cover just about the whole spectrum

Take the curvy C3 range, for example, which has recently grown to include both a fuel-saving Stop & Start model and a sporty-looking VTR.

While the first is a truly innovative car that will delight tree-huggers, the latter will appeal to those who want a supermini with some spark.

The C3 VTR is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine delivering110bhp and married to a smooth five-speed manual gearbox.

This hot little number has a top speed of just under 120mph and covers the 0-62mph dash in less than 10 seconds.

While not quite as frugal as the Stop & Start model, the sporty VTR can still travel a pretty neat 44 miles on a gallon.

Costing just more than pounds 12,500, the VTR comes with a smart body kit, including beefy wheel arch extensions, body-coloured rubbing strips, a chrome tailpipe and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The front end has also been redesigned and looks much sharper than the normal C3 thanks to a new bumper, a broader air intake and new fog light housings. Inside the cabin you'll find a black leather steering wheel and gear knob, redesigned sports seats for additional support and a new dark grey trim which adds to the sporty feel of the car.

Everyday comforts abound and the VTR has air-con, variable power steering, electric front windows, a CD player with steering wheel mounted controls and front armrests.

In addition to its funky looks, the C3 VTR is also pretty safe and secure, thanks to anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist, four airbags and an alarm

Factfile

Model: Citroen C3 VTR Engine: 1.6-litre 16V

Power: 110bhp Top speed: 119mph0-62mph: 9.7 seconds

Economy: 43.5mpg Warranty: Three years/60,000 miles

Price: pounds 12,595 On sale: Now
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Date:Apr 22, 2005
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