ABLE TO ROLL 188 KMH IT IS MORE POWERFUL DS / #Citroen-DS23ie-Pallas
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The addition, since October 1967, steerable headlights that illuminate the inside of the turn, places the DS to the cutting edge and security.
While preparing to leave the scene, the DS is still as fascinating. Restyled few years ago she ended her career in style by receiving the most powerful engine in its history. Never make fun of the rich, no one knows what the future holds! This is exactly what I think discovering this beautiful DS 23 Pallas electronic injection, waiting for me for this test. Twenty years after its launch, the car still carries elegantly unique style. Better the restyling of October 1967 brought him this touch of modernity that allows it to display again, in middle 1970s, a timeless presence. This new face hides an innovation that, once again, Citroën up to the cutting edge of technology.
Under its large headlights, the DS directional spotlights houses that follow the movements of the steering wheel to illuminate the inside of the turn. Engineers have developed a complex system of rods and cables that connect these lighthouses to the steering rack, but also to the rear axle to the beam is always in the axis of the road when the car rears or lowers. This innovation ensures night lighting exceptional efficiency that keeps averages completely crazy after nightfall. Then the owners do not deprived, especially those who had the chance to drive 23 electronic injection.
Citroën is also the first French manufacturer to adopt this power system. First on 21 October 1969, then the 23 successor in October 1972. This version is the most powerful of all the DS ever produced. Its displacement was increased to 2347cm3. It develops 130bhp at 5250rpm enabling it to reach 180kmh and even 188kmh, for those who prefer manual 5-speed rather than hydraulically controlled, which simply reports 4-speed. Since October 1969, the car is also equipped with a tachometer, appeared with the new dashboard. The round dials are more modern, but the style of this new board, very massive, not unanimous. A real "Chinese wall" as dubbed detractors. With its powerful engine, the DS 23 can Mercedes and BMW, in recent years, come to taunt on French motorways.
Despite its services sharply higher, the 23 remains surprisingly homogeneous. His approval is valued by its performance. Twenty years after its release, forward-thinking technology of the DS allows him to appear again among the best European road. It is even better, if one takes into account that it remains virtually impervious to the vagaries of the weather, which is far from the case of its German rivals.
Powerful, agile and reassuring
The straight line stability is simply phenomenal. The hydraulic suspension ensures optimum contact of the tires on the asphalt. Even in the rain, the car size the road as a torpedo boat in bad weather, lifting a huge spray of water which blinds her pursuers. Management also seems set differently. It is more reactive and calls the car through corners with surprising quickness. As always with DS, the driver must measure the magnitude of her actions but, more swift with this model, it should be even faster and more precise. In calmer traffic conditions, the 23 shows on the contrary perfectly considerate and 2,3-liter engine torque ensures reminders while flexibility. Too bad Citroën has not changed the staging of the box, with a first remains very short and still serves to make the car take off at startup. Obviously, the DS is always distinguished by its powerful braking. If the dosage of the pedal always wants delicate, the car remains invariably able to net pound, while remaining seated on its trajectory. Although the road is curved and embossed coating. In this area, as in many others, the Citroën keeps a margin ahead of most of its European competitors. All qualities which measure how the DS revolutionized automotive history.
"We love the flexible and powerful engine, its road holding and braking."
"We do not like the staging of the gearbox and its massive board edge."
TECH DATA FILE
Engine 4 cylinder inline, longitudinal / #M23
Fiscal power 13HP
Maximum power 130bhp at 5250rpm
Torque 195 Nm at 2500rpm
Bosch electronic fuel injection supply
In the front wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual
Brakes front / rear discs / drums
Dimensions L x W x H 4.87 x 1.80 x 1,47m
Top speed 188kmh (tested at mechanical gearbox)
Acceleration 1 000m 32,2s D.A. mechanical gearbox
Fuel consumption average 13,4-litres / 100km
65-litres fuel tank
Since October 1969, the dashboard with round dials is finally equipped with a tachometer.
The door panels are made of leather, except for the middle part carpeted. The ride height control lever, with its black plastic tip is plated.
A stainless steel plate is fixed to the thick carpet. In 1975, chromium remains on the DS, as evidenced by the handles with a clean plate.