At the Geneva Motor Show, the wind of freedom and
adventure will blow over the CitroŽn stand with the introduction of the
"C4 Cactus Rip Curl" Special Edition. A logical association of two
companies that develop trendy and highly technical products. A unique
and fun crossover, with this special edition C4 Cactus introduces the
Grip Control function, giving it better traction, plus style elements
that emphasise its all-outdoor character.
A new type of crossover made to revolutionise the
automobile sector, C4 Cactus is continuing to expand its range with the
World PremiŤre of a special edition born from the collaboration between
CitroŽn and Rip Curl, the world leader in the surfing market.
Through its association with Rip Curl, whose name
alone has symbolised surfing since 1969, CitroŽn is boosting the
outdoor spirit of C4 Cactus through a more radical and revealing
version. In this way, CitroŽn is providing this model's fans with a
version that is at the same time different, technologically advanced
and with a high level of performance, ideal for lifestyles focused on
relaxing, leisure and well-being. This philosophy is in tune with Rip
Curl, a brand founded in Torquay, Australia, a few hours' drive from
the mythical "Cactus Bay" surfing spot.
Sharing values such as innovation and creativity,
both brands also share the same taste for adventure (which Rip Curl
calls "The Search" - the search for the perfect wave), encouraging
consumers to hit the road "anywhere, anytime". It was obvious that Rip
Curl and CitroŽn had to get together, all the more so with the launch
of Grip Control in the C4 Cactus range.
Grip Control -
increased traction to help you get away
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl's major innovation is
its strengthened traction, associated with the highest-performance C4
Cactus engines and coupled to a manual gearbox (PureTech 110 S&S
Manual or BlueHDi 100 Manual versions). CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl is
the only one to have the Grip Control system, with special Mud &
Snow tyres to help keep moving on difficult surfaces (Goodyear 205/50
R17 89V - Vector 4Seasons tyres).
The Grip Control system provides the benefit of
intelligent increased traction in all-roads mode. It uses an advanced
anti-skid function built into the ESP computer, which manages skid in
the front driving wheels and has various modes to adapt to the terrain.
The Grip Control knob, set in the centre of the dashboard, provides
access to 5 operating modes:
- STANDARD: to drive along sun-drenched coast
roads, mountain curves, long stretches of motorway or trendy
city-centre avenues... This mode is intended for usual road conditions
with little skid content. It also lets the Grip Control system adapt
automatically to the current state of the road;
- SAND: to get as close as you can to the most
beautiful surfing spots... With this mode, you can benefit from
simultaneous skid on both front driving wheels to keep you moving on
loose soils and limit the risk of getting bogged down. It is
operational up to 120km/h then automatically reverts to "Standard" mode;
- OFF-ROAD: to drive fearlessly on all types of
slippery surfaces (mud, wet grass, dirt track)... Acting as a
limited-slip differential, this mode lets the vehicle start in these
special circumstances by transferring the maximum amount of torque to
the wheel with the best grip. It is operational up to 80 km/h then
automatically reverts to "Standard" mode.
- SNOW: to reach the most beautiful ski resorts...
This mode instantly adapts the skid of each drive wheel to the current
grip conditions, letting you move calmly and securely on snowy roads. A
soon as the car reaches 50 km/h, the system reverts to "Standard" mode.
- ESP OFF: to deactivate ESP (operational up to 50
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl's increased traction
promises a unique driving experience for its driver and passengers,
irrespective of season and destination, while standing out clearly from
the other cars with its trendy compact SUV looks.
The CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl can count on its
unique design that combines usability and style. This special edition
is both modern and dynamic, reflecting the surfer ethic. Its looks
stand out, with exclusive attributes both inside and out. CitroŽn C4
Cactus Rip Curl's specific look includes : white rear-view mirror
housings, white roof-bars and a brilliant-white vertical adhesive strip
blending geometric patterns and the Rip Curl logo that covers the front
wing. The rear quarter-light features the same pattern, applied
horizontally, with the Rip Curl signature in white lettering. This
graphic look firmly places the car in the surfing universe.
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl also features front and
rear aluminium-grey protection plates that reinforce its
"traveller-adventurer" identity. The functional and stylish Airbumpģ
enhances C4 Cactus's personality and protects its bodywork. It's Black
as standard, and it's available in other colours (Dune, Chocolate and
Grey ) as an option to make CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl truly yours. At
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl's launch, five body colours will be
available to order: Olive Brown/Obsidian Black/Aden Red/Aluminium Grey
and Mother-of-Pearl White. By the end of the year, CitroŽn intends to
offer a unique colour scheme, Baltic Blue, to further enhance CitroŽn
C4 Cactus Rip Curl's lines.
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl's cabin features Pulp
Orange accents. A truly dynamic, energising tint. The Pulp Orange
coloured safety belts contrast with the interior finish of the seats
available in Mica Grey Fabric (as standard) or Mixed Leather Back/Black
Fabric (optional). The same colour schemes also appear here and there
on the floor. The protective mats feature Pulp Orange stitching and a
label bearing the surfing brand's logo. To carry on the theme of
contrasts with the Stone Grey ambiance on board, CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip
Curl's loudspeaker bezels are coloured Pulp Orange. Lastly, as a
reference to luggage and escape, the dashboard's driving position zone
is uncluttered and connected to controls grouped within the 7"
touchscreen tablet. The TOP BOX glove-box lid is finished in the style
of steamer trunks, with straps and spikes.
With its high level of equipment, the new Special
Edition C4 Cactus Rip Curl is based on the CitroŽn C4 Cactus "Shine"
level 3 finish. It has the same standard equipment and (according to
markets) adds many technology features (rear parking assistance,
automatic climate control, automatic headlamp lighting and front
wipers, navigation system, 6-speaker MP3 audio system, cruise
control/speed limiter, extra-dark tinted windows, etc.) To remain at
one with nature and enjoy exceptional brightness during each escapade,
CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl is fitted as standard (depending on markets)
with a panoramic glass roof with high thermal protection, able to
absorb heating effects.
The CitroŽn C4 Cactus Rip Curl will be marketed in
the first half of 2016 and was exhibited on the CitroŽn stand at the
Geneva Motor Show on 1-13 March, 2016.