Is the new Citroen C1 the perfect car for James Bond? It might be, as there are rumours
that the forthcoming film is being produced on a more 'restricted' budget than previous
instalments. In fact, the media has suggested that only one foreign location will be filmed
Ė and that the team is also heading for Bognor Regis. Nope, not kidding. Mr Bond could
save a few more pounds by drinking coke rather than Vodka Martinis, swapping his fancy
mobile for a second-hand Nokia, and trading-in his Aston Martin DB5. How the mighty fall.
As such, the Citroen C1 is the perfect cost-cutters companion. It is more fuel efficient
than its predecessor, for starters, so it averages up to 65.7mpg.
Emissions fall as low as
99g/km, making some versions eligible for free road tax. Furthermore, this run-around
has a 1.0-litre 68bhp engine that propels the super-spy towards the bad guy Ė and to
62mph - in about fourteen seconds. Let us pray his nemesis has little more than a bicycle.
This 'mighty' engine is wrapped-up in new bodywork. Hopefully Bond likes the C1's shorter
bonnet, new nose, and LED daytime lights. At least this eco-champion is available with
steering wheel mounted paddle-shift transmission. I bet that reminds Bond of his ex-Aston.
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 03 Feb 2012