Was driving towards my local town the other night, on a super-twisty road that I know pretty well. Spied a Citroen Xantia ahead and figured I'd be on him in no time. Several (quick) corners later, he was further away and I had to work really hard just to maintain that gap.
Looking more closely I realised that the Xantia was completely flat through all the corners and carried impressive speed. Rolled up behind him at some traffic lights, once into town, and there was the "Activa" badge on the boot.
I used to own several Xantias and always fancied an Activa as a fun/track car. They were way too heavy and underpowered in 2.0 Turbo form and Citroen never imported the V6 into the UK. Still, a few tweaks would liberate 25 extra horses and you could certainly put the wind up a few folk on twisty roads I'm sure.
Dug round a bit on the web and apart from finding the usual blurb about the Activa pulling more Gs than a Honda NSX I also found the list of highest speeds recorded from Swedish automotive magazine Teknikens Värld in their fabled "Moose Test". The one where the Merceded A Class tipped over forcing Mercedes to fit ESP as standard to all of them.
Anyway, top speed of any car they tested was 85kmh by a V6 Xantia Activa. Pretty amazing huh?
Citroën Xantia Activa V6 -99 85
Porsche 996 GT2 -04 82
Porsche 997 Carrera 4S -08 82
Porsche 997 GT3 RS -08 82
Porsche 997 GT2 -08 81,5
Porsche 997 Carrera S -08 81
Porsche 997 Carrera S Cabr -05 81
Audi R8 4,2 FSI -08 80
Chevrolet Corvette C6 -05 80
Opel Omega 2,2 (sportchassi)-00 80
Nissan 350Z -04 79
Porsche Boxster S -08 79
BMW Z4 sDrive35i -10 78
Ford Focus RS -10 78
Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet -08 78
Porsche Cayman -08 78
BMW 330xd Coupé -07 77,5
Audi S8 -06 77
BMW M3 Coupé -07 77
BMW M3 Sedan -08 77
I don't know what point I'm trying to make but I guess I still want one although they're getting few and far between and I can see myself up to my elbows in spheres, rams and bright green fluid......