In 1968, Citroen purchased Maserati with plans to take advantage of the Italian company’s experience with high-performance engines. The goal was to design a GT car that combined Citroen’s highly advanced hydropneumatic suspension system with the power of a Maserati V-6. The result was the SM, the car first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970 that would become Citroen’s flagship automobile for the next five years. Brilliantly designed and styled, it massively impressed the automotive journalists of the day with its blend of speed, braking, handling and comfort which, like its shape, was unlike anything available in another automobile at the time. It even became the first non-American car to win Motor Trend ’s Car of the Year Award.
The SM’s Maserati built V-6 displaced just 2,670cc but breathed through three Weber downdraft carbs. Enlarged to 2,965cc for the 1973 and later cars, even smog-equipped for US deliveries it made 190hp at 6,250rpm. Available with a 5-speed automatic or manual transmissions, it had disc brakes on all four corners. It also carried over the remarkable self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension from the DS, and introduced a new type of variable assist power st
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