Citroen SM the cradle to grave story
|   Monday, April 15, 2013
Citroen has been producing cars for many decades. As an automobile manufacturing brand, they have produced some wonderful masterpieces of their own. The Citroen DS was one such release from the company way back in 1955. The DS was an attempt of the company to sexualize the appearance of the car. The curves and bulges were given extra attention to make it resemble the figure of a beautiful woman.

In the year 1961 the company started to try and find a sports version of the Citroen DS.
15 years later, the company came up with the Citroen SM. This was supposed to be the sports version of the Citroen DS but turned out to be something totally different. Although the idea of the SM was born out of the DS, still the GT car which was supposed to be an executive sedan falls in a completely different category.

The Citroen DS was given the nickname of ‘the goddess'. The curves and bulges on the design of this car, the total look of the car, the long hood and the low height were the main reasons for this nickname. The car was also swift and powerful which were two other reasons behind this nickname for the car.

Still in the year 1970 when the Citroen SM was released, the car was more of a goddess than its predecessors. From the first look of the car it was designed to impress. A huge number of prototypes were built before deciding on the final design of the car, and so the result was so stunning. Still the engine of the car posed a problem as all the engine previously used by Citroen were not fit to be installed in the Citroen SM.

Due to the problem with the engine, the development on the project was stopped temporarily till the year 1968. In this year Citroen bought the Maserati. Citroen the asked Maserati to design the engine to be fitted in the Citroen SM and Maserati was up for the job. They designed a V6 for the Citroen SM which was then installed in the car and it was released in 1970.

There has been some controversy regarding the V6 designed by Maserati and installed by Citroen. Some people said that Maserati used the V8 that was in use by the company at that time and fitted it in the Citroen SM just by deducting two cylinders from the engine. However, both Citroen and Maserati claimed that the engine fitted in the Citroen SM was specially designed for the car. The engine had dual overhead cams. It also had a 90 degree V. And when the car was released the 2.7 litre V6 had a power output of 170 horsepower. These were commendable figures back in the 1970s when the car was released.

Although the engine fitted in the Citroen SM was designed by Maserati, the transmission system was manufactured by Citroen. Following the poor sales figures, the car was bunked when Peugeot bought Citroen in 1974.
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