The Maserati-powered SM, placed third in the 1971 European Car of the Year Contest, is a high-performance coupé built by the French manufacturer Citroen from 1970 to 1975. This Citroen is housed at Classic Car Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates..
Citroen had acquired Maserati in 1968 with the intent of producing a car combining its own pneumatic suspension system with Maserati’s expertise in powerful V6 engines.
The result was this futuristic-looking flagship model, the SM, a strong competitor to other high-performance GT’s of the day. It also served as an illustration of how much power and performance could be delivered by a front-wheel drive design.
A further SM innovation was a new power-steering system, which has since become the norm in larger vehicles. This variable-assisted implementation allows for great affect at parking speeds, yet virtually none under highway conditions.
Capable of cruising in comfort at over 120 mph, the SM’s aerodynamic low-drag design impressed critics with its long range capability due to increased fuel economy and over sized fuel tank.