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Citroën Zabrus

The partnership with Citroën, which came to an end two years later with the grand launch of the XM, represented an important development for Nuccio Bertone.

Vehicle Overview

The Citroën Zabrus, designed by Bertone, is an experimental prototype born from the collaboration with the French manufacturer. Staying true to Bertone’s tradition, the Zabrus is not merely a design exercise but a fully-functional concept car with working mechanical components. Under the direction of Marc Deschamps, the Zabrus showcases an almost excessive styling that incorporates impactful design solutions, a hallmark of Bertone’s innovative approach. One of the most striking features of the Citroën Zabrus is its distinctive door design. These doors open forwards and upwards, a dramatic feature first seen on the 1968 Carabo and later implemented on the Lamborghini Countach in 1971. This unique door mechanism not only adds to the visual appeal but also enhances accessibility. The interior of the Zabrus is equally futuristic, featuring multi-functional electronic controls integrated into an innovative dashboard. This advanced instrumentation underscores the car’s forward-thinking design ethos. The front seats are designed to rotate outwards, facilitating easy access for passengers. Additionally, the driver’s seat is equipped with an automatic positioning system using infra-red beams to ensure optimal visibility for the driver. Despite its aggressive and avant-garde appearance, the Citroën Zabrus does not compromise on passenger space and comfort. The interior is spacious, ensuring a comfortable ride for all occupants. This blend of radical design and practical functionality highlights Bertone’s ability to push the boundaries of automotive design while maintaining usability. The Zabrus serves as a testament to Bertone’s creative prowess and the ability to create concept cars that are both visually striking and mechanically viable. It represents a vision of the future where design and technology seamlessly merge to create vehicles that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and comfortable. The Citroën Zabrus remains a significant example of Bertone’s legacy in automotive innovation.

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Technical Specifications

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    1986
  • Make
    Citroën
  • Model
    Zabrus
  • Coachbuilder
    Bertone
  • Length (mm)
    4300
  • Width (mm)
    1880
  • Height (mm)
    1370
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    1
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    4L
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