The partnership with Citroën, which came to an end two years later with the grand launch of the XM, represented an important development for Nuccio Bertone.
The work alongside the French manufacturer produced some experimental prototypes in line with the Bertone tradition, namely, creating prototypes that are not mere design exercises but fully-functioning concept cars with working mechanical components. The almost excessive styling of the Zabrus features some design solutions of great impact and which were very dear to Bertone, starting from the doors, which were designed to open forwards and upwards, a feature first seen on the 1968 Carabo and put into production on the Lamborghini Countach (1971).
The onboard instrumentation is a futuristic example of multi-functional electronic controls set into a very innovative dashboard. The front seats rotate outwards to ease access. In contrast, the driving seat is automatically positioned using a system of infra-red beams to give the driver maximum visibility. Yet despite its aggressive look, this is a car that by no means compromises on passenger space and comfort.
Engine & performance:
Type: Citroen BX 4TC, turbokompressor
Capacity: 2141 cc
Power: 200 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque: 294 Nm @ 2750 rpm
Length: 4300 mm
Width: 1880 mm
Height: 1370 mm
Wheelbase: 2610 mm
Images: Carrozzeria Bertone s.p.a.