Frankfurt Auto Show: Citroen XM Exclusive Down on the Straße

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This Citroen XM Exclusive caught our jet-lagged eye on our way down to the river, where we also caught a glimpse of das boot. The 5-door XM packed a 3.0L 24-Valve DOHC V-6 or 2.5 TD turbo set atop Citroen's signature nitrogen springing - also known as Hydractive suspension. The computer-controlled liquid suspension has a compliance six times greater than suspensions made of schteel, and is driver adjustable. Had things gone better for this descendant of the mighty Citroen DS, a great deal more mechanics would be troubleshooting hydraulics instead of replacing the occasional strut. We're still looking for a good frankfurter.

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These big Cits are a superb drive. The hyraulic suspension is brilliant to own, I can testify, and totally reliable, sporty to drive (really), and THE most comfortable and relaxing ride. Unfortunately, its everything around it thats utter crap. The stylings even dubious. Look at the current C5! Ooof.