2010 GQbyCitroen Concept

Two years ago- much to our delight - Citroen brought out the GT by Citroen concept . It took longer than expected, but the French brand is back to their "by Citroen" ways with the debut of the GQbyCitroen concept, a car it developed in collaboration with the popular men’s lifestlye magazine, GQ. The concept will be revealed in London next week.

The GQbyCitroen is defined by a contemporary and sophisticated design featuring a carved front and a muscular side with the rear characterized by a particularly elegant concave rear window. The interior is signed by Patrick Grant, the artistic director of the Haus E. Tautz. It is spacious, comfortable and most importantly - as far as concepts are concerned - defined by futuristic lines.

The GQbyCitroen is a hybrid concept that’s powered by a a 1.6-liter THP direct-injected petrol engine and is capable of clocking a 0 to 62 mph time of just 4.5 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Citroen and GQ have revealed a unique and exciting automotive project – the GQbyCITROEN.

The GQbyCITROEN is a concept car born through a unique partnership between the UK’s market-leading quality men’s monthly and a team of Citroen designers, collaborating to create the ultimate gentleman’s drive. This is the first time a British magazine has collaborated with a car company in this way.

GQbyCitroen Concept

Responding to a brief by GQ’s editor, Dylan Jones, Citroen’s team, headed by British designer – and the man responsible for the new Citroen DS3 – Mark Lloyd, took a new look at the GT theme and integrated it with a typical Citroen design approach bringing GQbyCITROEN from design outline to concept reality.

GQbyCITROEN combines classically sophisticated features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear, strong body contours and sleek concave rear windscreen – a signature Citroen design.

GQbyCitroen Concept

The car’s cabin is accessed by rear coach doors and reveals a spacious, comfortable and futuristic cabin. Completing the car’s bespoke styling, the interior detailing and upholstery selections were provided by Patrick Grant, the Creative Director of prestigious Savile Row tailors, E.Tautz, who commented: “Savile Row is all about balance and Tautz’s simple military inspired interior is the perfect counterpoint to the Gallic flair of the exterior.”

Dylan Jones commented: “I wanted something practical, something cool, and something idiosyncratic – i.e. something surprising that didn’t just look like a concept car. The GQ car needed to have the ‘want’ factor, but it also needed to look, feel and ‘drive’ like the sort of car no sane man could choose to ignore. We think it looks very very special.”

Dynamic performance and environmental responsibility were also key requirements for the project. The GQbyCITROEN concept car is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 1,598cc, 4-cylinder direct injection petrol engine offering a sporty 0-60mph time of just 4.5seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155mph and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.

GQbyCitroen Concept

Mark Lloyd, Chief Designer of Citroen’s International Projects added: “Where this car works so well with GQ is that it fits with the current attitudes of conspicuous consumption. It is understated rather than in-your-face and sleek rather than too macho. With the skills of a Savile Row tailor on the car’s interior we have also achieved that bespoke, fitted feel, both inside and out.

“For me, the car that has always represented the pinnacle of automotive excellence and refinement is the GT – the Grand Tourer. It is not the all-out sports car, rather it is something gentlemanly, it has performance and it is for travelling, not racing. We wanted to create something that, like GQ, was aspirational, but also retained the classic automotive ideals. We didn’t want a car for the mass market. We wanted a car for GQ.’”


9 comments:

The front design of this concept is really so striking for this concept. I also love the futuristic and spacious interior of it. However, I wonder if they truly had any plan to put it on the market?

This car really has the looks that can really catch the attention of everyone. The sporty looks of it is very aggressive and I think it’s already looking good on its color. When will be the debut of this?

What will happen if one day they collaborate with E!, will they go with the name EbyCitroen?

What will happen if one day they collaborate with E!, will they go with the name EbyCitroen?

With projects like this one going on, can the end of the recession be far off?

Lovely but the way i see it, the wheel base is more longer than the FT-86 and more bolder. IMO this would be a good competitor of toyota FT-86. Can wait to see both cars come head to head on track.

Not really that appealing nor impressive for me. It kinda seemed like an imitation from another concept car from another manufacturer. I just cant remember one. I like the interior though, although the teaser didn’t really show that much of it, the whichvague image seems something interesting.

well IMO why limiting an aggressive looking vehicle like this? it’s aggressiveness and sportiness was taken down by it’s engine’s performance, specially it’s speed.

Lovely it does look better than the FT-86. plus it’s color make it more aggressive and bolder looks.

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