During a hunt for some other information this image crossed my path. It is an attempt to visualise a Citroen XM coupe.
It interested me to see these because I had discussed the idea of Citroen XM coupe with our correspondent in Switerland, Simon, some time ago. As a result of that discussion I decided to rustle up some visuals but never did more than send them to Simon. Those images are shown below the break.
The blue XM keeps pretty much the whole XM concept but loses the rear doors. The resultant car looks too short or too tall without being appreciably cheaper to build as shown than a car with a custom glass house.
I found a second XM coupe. The bordeaux car, below, looks lower and the better for it. It also deserves praise for being a bit original in its treatment. Marks are lost for the visual heaviness of the non-glazed C-pillar and the altered rear wheel arch. Further, the front wheels have moved forward relative to the scuttle so it looks rear-wheel drive. That´s pointless.
My own proposal (below) is probably equally flawed. I decided to be parsimonious at the start but gave in and lowered the car. It took seven steps to get from the standard car to the final coupe. What I didn’t do was bend many lines in profile. But, in the final version I have added more curvature to the plan of the tail and the nose. The headlamps come farther around the side than on the production car.
For the seventh version I squashed the car by 3%. So, a fully realised XM coupe would and could never carry over anything from the saloon if it was to be done right. At a push maybe the bonnet and roof could be retained but really it’s a totally different car from the point of view of having no common body panels. The wheelbase and track are the same though.
The main changes my version needs are: longer doors off of the same a-pillar; a longer nose, modified front lights and front bumper; lowered roof, I removed the c-pillar and so there is new side glass aft of the b-pillar, and I ordered larger wheels.
Much as the Peugeot 406 coupe differs almost entirely from the saloon so this car differs alot from the XM production car.
I have posted three pictures. The second is the least change possible (still I have a longer door though). The third is the whole hog.
My photo editing software is rubbish and I am not good at using it. Try viewing the images at a smaller size so as to reduce the effect of the messy bits. The thing I concluded is that the fully modified version is too long looking. The coupe should look long but not be long.