Citroën has combined its recent Revolte concept with last year’s GTbyCitroen, creating a sleek new sports car concept dubbed the Survolt.
The futuristically sporty Survolt, debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, measures just 3850 mm long, 1870 mm wide and 1200 mm tall. Citroen has revealed little in the way of technical details, except to say that the Survolt is powered by an all-electric drivetrain. Reports have suggested that a 200 kW electric motor sends power to the rear wheels, with a lithium ion battery pack stored up front and along the concept’s centre tunnel.
The Survolt concept offers seating for two passengers, who will be surrounded by glass and chrome-finished roll bars. The design of the Citroen Survolt aims to offer light and space, whilst blending luxury with reference to motor sport.
“I think it’s important that this car didn’t look like just another sports car,” the Survolt design boss, Bertrand Dantec, told press at Geneva. “It had to have some of the softness and femininity of the Revolte, because I think it would appeal to a different kind of buyer than the usual sports car.”
While there is no word on any version of the Survolt entering production, Citroen’s Products and Markets Manager, Vincent Besson, said last year that the GTbyCitroen is expected to get a limited run of around 20 units.
Citroen Press Release
Citroën has revealed an electrifying new model at the Geneva Motor Show – the sensational Citroën Survolt concept.
A blend of high-fashion, extravagance and more than a hint of motor racing punch, Citroën Survolt takes the essence of Citroën’s REVOLTE concept – performance, cutting-edge technology and luxury – and adds an assertive sporting dimension into the mix.
A new breed of stylish, sporty and elegant supermini, Citroën Survolt bucks current trends and points towards the future of sleek coupés – combining elegance, sophisticated style and sporting passion. Clearly ahead of its time, Citroën Survolt also captivates the imagination with its innovative, environmentally-conscious all-electric drivetrain, which delivers driving pleasure, thrills and performance – all in virtual silence.
With a sleek, compact and low-slung frame – 3.85m long, 1.87m wide & 1.2m high – Citroën Survolt takes inspiration from sports car styling, then casts convention aside to form an entirely new and revolutionary concept design. Citroën Survolt’s aerodynamic, flowing lines convey agility, precision and vitality – with a powerful, muscular character contained in its refined and luxurious frame.
Both charming and profound, Citroën Survolt’s distinctive profile features a voluptuous bonnet and generous, sculpted flanks highlighted by emphatic wheel arches. The front end is characterised by slim, horizontal headlights, a large oval-shaped grille with Citroën’s integrated double chevrons and an eye-catching vehicle badge design. The striking LED clusters also add a contemporary, high-tech flourish. At the rear, Citroën Survolt inherits the elegant light signature of the REVOLTE concept and gains a new spoiler – an essential reference to motor sport.
An evolution of REVOLTE’s distinctive colour palette, Citroën Survolt’s two-tone paintwork features shades of fuchsia and charcoal grey. The concept’s elegant curves, shifting from satin-smooth to shiny, are a clear departure from the classically masculine design codes of the sports car world and the use of chrome and aluminium throughout simultaneously references the worlds of luxury and motor racing.
Resembling a piece of fashionable jewellery, Citroën Survolt’s two-occupant cockpit is designed like a glass setting between the chrome-finished roll bars. The generous glazed area brings a sensation of light and space, which sets Citroën Survolt apart from many contemporary sports cars with their confined and gloomy cabin environments.
Citroën’s new and radical vision with Citroën Survolt is entirely consistent with the Company’s 90-years of history as an innovative brand, focused on creativity and technology.