GQ MAGAZINE AND CITROEN CREATE CONCEPT CAR
The GQbyCitroen is a concept car born through a unique partnership between the leading men's monthly magazine and a team of Citroen designers, collaborating to create the ultimate gentleman's drive.
Responding to a brief by GQ's editor, Dylan Jones, Citroen's team, headed by Mark Lloyd, took a new look at the GT theme and integrated it with a typical Citroen design approach.
GQbyCitroen combines classic features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear, strong body contours and sleek concave rear windscreen - a signature Citroen design.
The cabin is accessed by rear coach doors and reveals a spacious, comfortable and futuristic cabin. Completing the car's bespoke styling, the interior detailing and upholstery selections were provided by Patrick Grant, the Creative Director of prestigious Savile Row tailors, E.Tautz.
Dylan Jones from GQ commented: "We wanted something practical, something cool but idiosyncratic - something surprising that didn't just look like a concept car. The GQ car needed to look, feel and 'drive' like the sort of car no man could ignore. We think it looks very special." Dynamic performance and environmental responsibility were also key requirements. The GQbyCitroen concept car is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 1598cc, four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine offering a sporty 0-60mph time of just 4.5 seconds, a limited top speed of 155mph and CO2 emissions of just 80g/km.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Designer of Citroen's International Projects added: "Where this car works so well with GQ is that it fits with the current attitudes of conspicuous consumption. It is understated rather than in-your-face, and sleek rather than macho. With the skills of a Savile Row tailor on the car's interior, we also achieved that bespoke, fitted feel, both inside and out.