Citroen has launched the C2 VTS, the spiritual successor to the popular Saxo VTS.

The C2 VTS costs £1,000 less than the Saxo VTS did at launch, and is also cheaper to insure, being rated in group 8 – six groups less than the Saxo VTS.  The flagship of the C2 range is available to order at dealers now for £11,995 and, for drivers aged 21 – 80, also comes with a year’s free insurance.

The 125hp 1.6i 16V petrol engine revs all the way to 7,200rpm with power channelled through a five-speed manual transmission.  Top speed is 126mph while the 0-62mph sprint is covered in 8.3 seconds.

Handling is improved with the fitment of bigger anti-roll bars and stiffer springs and dampers, together with more direct steering and wider wheels fitted with special sports tyres.

Aesthetics are enhanced by 16″ alloy wheels, front fog-lights, chrome tailpipe and subtle rear spoiler.  Inside, there are two-tone black bolstered seats, an aluminium gear knob and aluminium drilled pedals, translucent door grab handles, chunky chrome door handles and a black leather steering wheel.

Specification includes ABS with EBD, air conditioning, power assisted steering, electric windows, alarm and CD player, while sliding/folding rear seats, side window airbags and rear parking sensor are all options.

An Automatic Air-Conditioning Pack is available for £400, adding digital automatic air-con, automatic rain-sensitive wipers, and automatic illumination of the headlamps.  A £450 Convenience Pack adds rear seat modularity, rear parking sensors, and heated / power folding mirrors, while £1,650 buys you the NaviDrive Pack with radio / CD Player, colour satellite navigation, phone and 5-CD autochanger.