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Citroen AX GT and GTI (1987 - 1998)

Last updated 6 April 2013

 
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Brilliant to drive, huge amounts of fun, great handling and fast with a mere 85bhp
Fragile and far from reliable

Introduction

The Citroen AX GT was transformed into a latter-day Mini Cooper thanks to the addition of the brilliant all-aluminium TU-Series engine in 1.4-litre twin-choke carburettor form. ‘Rocky Marciano’ was how the advertisers described it, and they had a point: it was a featherweight that packed a giant-killing punch.

Despite having a mere 85bhp - in the era of the 150bhp-plus 16V super-hot hatchback - the GT could sprint to 60mph in 8.5 seconds, and stay with the hot hatch grandees on the twisty stuff thanks to its 720kg kerbweight. Flimsy interior was a bit of a turn-off for some, but a constant source of delight for others, with its array of cubby holes and integrated wine bottle holders in the doors.

 

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