Cactus gets a grip in tricky situations

The new Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is arriving at Freeborn Citroën showrooms.

This unique and fun crossover special edition has Grip Control for improved traction, along with new styling elements to emphasise its outdoor character.

Born from the collaboration between Citroën and Rip Curl, the legendary brand from the world of surfing, the new model is boosting the outdoor spirit of C4 Cactus through the introduction of an even more radical and adventurous version.

Advanced technology, with a higher level of all-road performance makes the C4 Cactus Rip Curl ideal for lifestyles focused on leisure and for those who find it essential to have good traction beyond normal road conditions without buying an SUV.

The Rip Curl's major innovation is enhanced traction. Associated with the more powerful C4 Cactus engines, each mated to a manual gearbox (PureTech 110 S&S manual and BlueHDi 100 manual), the Rip Curl is the only version to come with Grip Control and also features special Goodyear Mud & Snow tyres to help keep it moving on difficult surfaces.

Grip Control has the benefit of intelligent traction in ‘off-road’ mode. It uses an advanced anti-skid function built into the ESP computer, which manages the traction from the driven front wheels, and has various other modes for different types of terrain. The Grip Control selector, in the centre of the dashboard, provides access to five operating modes:

STANDARD: to drive along sun-drenched coast roads, through sweeping mountain bends, long stretches of motorway or trendy city-centre avenues. This mode is intended for usual road conditions and normal driving use. It also lets the Grip Control system adapt automatically to the current state of the road.

SAND: to help you get as close as you can to the most beautiful surfing spots. This mode keeps you moving on loose ground or sand, and limits the risk of the car getting bogged down.

SNOW: to get you to the most beautiful ski resorts. This mode instantly adapts the traction of each driven wheel to the prevailing grip conditions, letting you move calmly and securely on snowy roads.

ESP OFF: to deactivate the ESP.

OFF-ROAD: allows you to drive safely on all types of slippery surfaces (mud, wet grass, dirt tracks). Acting as a limited-slip differential, this mode transfers the maximum amount of torque to the wheel with the most grip.

Each of the last four modes is operational up to a pre-set speed limit and then automatically reverts to ‘Standard’ mode.

The new Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl's increased traction promises a unique driving experience for both drivers and passengers alike, irrespective of the season or destination. It also stands apart from the crowd with its trendy compact SUV looks